Deuteronomy 15:11
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English Standard Version
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

King James Bible
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

American Standard Version
For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy brother, to thy needy, and to thy poor, in thy land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There will not be wanting poor in the land of thy habitation: therefore I command thee to open thy hand to thy needy and poor brother, that liveth in the land.

English Revised Version
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt surely open thine hand unto thy brother, to thy needy, and to thy poor, in thy land.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the poor shall never cease from the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thy hand wide to thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Deuteronomy 15:11 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This blessing would not fail, if the Israelites would only hearken to the voice of the Lord; "for Jehovah blesseth thee" (by the perfect בּרכך, the blessing is represented not as a possible and future one only, but as one already bestowed according to the counsel of God, and, so far as the commencement was concerned, already fulfilled), "as He hath spoken" (see at Deuteronomy 1:11). "And thou wilt lend on pledge to many nations, but thou thyself wilt not borrow upon pledge." עבט, a denom. verb, from עבוט, a pledge, signifies in Kal to give a pledge for the purpose of borrowing; in Hiphil, to cause a person to give a pledge, or furnish occasion for giving a pledge, i.e., to lend upon pledge. "And thou wilt rule over many nations," etc. Ruling is mentioned here as the result of superiority in wealth (cf. Deuteronomy 28:1 : Schultz).

Deuteronomy 15:11 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the poor Although Moses, by the statutes relative to the division of the land, and inheritance, and the inalienable nature of it, had studied to prevent any Israelite from being born poor, yet he exhorts them to the exercise of the tenderest compassion and most benevolent actions, and not to refuse assistance to the decayed Israelite, though the sabbatical year drew nigh.

Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Matthew 26:11 For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.

John 12:8 For the poor always you have with you; but me you have not always.

Thou shalt

Deuteronomy 15:8 But you shall open your hand wide to him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wants.

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not...

Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Acts 4:32-35 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul...

Acts 11:28-30 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world...

2 Corinthians 8:2-9 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality...

1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers...

Cross References
Matthew 26:11
For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

Mark 14:7
For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.

John 12:8
For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

Deuteronomy 15:7
"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

Ezekiel 18:7
does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,

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