English Standard Version
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
King James Bible
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
American Standard Version
If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food,
And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
English Revised Version
If a brother or sister be naked, and in lack of daily food,
Webster's Bible Translation
If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food,
Weymouth New Testament
Suppose a Christian brother or sister is poorly clad or lacks daily food,
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
The distinction between this word and the simple εἶναι, to be, is very subtle. The verb ὑπάρχω originally means to make a beginning; hence, to begin or to come into being; and, though used substantially as a synonym of εἶναι, of a thing actually existing and at hand, it has a backward look to an antecedent condition which has been protracted into the present. Thus we might paraphrase here, "If a brother or sister, having been in a destitute condition, be found by you in that condition." Εἶναι, on the other hand, would simply state the present fact of destitution. See on 2 Peter 1:8.
Only here in New Testament.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise."
1 John 3:17
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
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