Proverbs 24:11
New International Version
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

New Living Translation
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death.

English Standard Version
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

Berean Study Bible
Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.

New American Standard Bible
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.

King James Bible
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

Christian Standard Bible
Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.

Contemporary English Version
Don't fail to rescue those who are doomed to die.

Good News Translation
Don't hesitate to rescue someone who is about to be executed unjustly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.

International Standard Version
Rescue those who are being led away to death, and save those who stumble toward slaughter.

NET Bible
Deliver those being taken away to death, and hold back those slipping to the slaughter.

New Heart English Bible
Rescue those who are being led away to death. Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Deliver those that are being led to death and do not spare to save those that are being held to kill.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rescue captives condemned to death, and spare those staggering toward their slaughter.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Deliver them that are drawn unto death; And those that are ready to be slain wilt thou forbear to rescue?

New American Standard 1977
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, O hold them back.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou forbear to deliver those that are drawn unto death and those that are ready to be slain,

King James 2000 Bible
Deliver those that are drawn toward death, hold back those that are stumbling to the slaughter;

American King James Version
If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain;

American Standard Version
Deliver them that are carried away unto death, And those that are ready to be slain see that thou hold back.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Deliver them that are led away to death, and redeem them that are appointed to be slain; spare not thy help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver them that are led to death: and those that are drawn to death forbear not to deliver.

Darby Bible Translation
Deliver them that are taken forth unto death, and withdraw not from them that stagger to slaughter.

English Revised Version
Deliver them that are carried away unto death, and those that are ready to be slain see that thou hold back.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou forbearest to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain;

World English Bible
Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!

Young's Literal Translation
If from delivering those taken to death, And those slipping to the slaughter -- thou keepest back.
Study Bible
Do not Envy
10If you faint in the day of distress, how small is your strength! 11Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter. 12If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,” does not He who weighs hearts consider it? Does not the One who guards your life know? Will He not repay a man according to his deeds?…
Cross References
Psalm 82:4
Rescue the weak and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 88:15
From my youth I was afflicted and near death. I suffer Your terrors; I am in despair.

Isaiah 58:6
Is not the fast I have chosen to break the chains of wickedness, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and tear off every yoke?

Isaiah 58:7
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your home, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Treasury of Scripture

If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain;

1 Samuel 26:8,9
Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time…

Job 29:17
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Psalm 82:4
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.







Lexicon
Rescue
הַ֭צֵּל (haṣ·ṣêl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

those being led away
לְקֻחִ֣ים (lə·qu·ḥîm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

to death,
לַמָּ֑וֶת (lam·mā·weṯ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

and restrain
תַּחְשֽׂוֹךְ׃ (taḥ·śō·wḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2820: To restrain, refrain, to refuse, spare, preserve, to observe

those stumbling
וּמָטִ֥ים (ū·mā·ṭîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4131: To waver, to slip, shake, fall

toward the slaughter.
לַ֝הֶ֗רֶג (la·he·reḡ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2027: A slaughter
(11) If thou forbear . . .--Rather, Deliver those that are taken to death, and those that are tottering to the slaughter, stop them!

Verses 11, 12. - A hexastich, inculcating humanity on the ground of God's omniscience. Verse 11. - If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death. The sentence is not conditional, אם in the second line being equivalent to לוּ, utinam, "oh that!" "would that!" So the first hemistich should be rendered, "Deliver them that are haled to death," and the second, "And those that are tottering to slaughter, oh, hold them back!" The sentence is somewhat obscure, but Cheyne well explains it thus: "Some victims of a miscarriage of justice are about to be dragged away to execution, and the disciple of wisdom is exhorted to use his endeavours to deliver them" ('Job and Solomon'). In the case supposed a moral obligation lies on the pious and well-informed to save a human life unjustly imperilled. At the same time, there is nothing in the passage which absolutely, shows that the punishment of the guiltless is here deprecated; it looks rather as if Wisdom had no pleasure in the death of men, innocent or not, and that the victims of an extreme sentence claimed pity at her hands, whatever might be the circumstances of the verdict. Septuagint, "Deliver those that are being led away to death, and redeem (ἐκπρίου) those that are appointed to be slain; spare not (to help them)" (comp. Psalm 82:3, 4). 24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.
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