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1 Kings 8:31

    1 Kings 8:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If any man trespass against his neighbor, and an oath be laid on him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before your altar in this house:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he come and'swear before thine altar in this house;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If a man does wrong to his neighbour, and has to take an oath, and comes before your altar to take his oath in this house:

    Webster's Revision

    If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he come and'swear before thine altar in this house;

    World English Bible

    "If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swear before your altar in this house;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he come and swear before thine altar in this house:

    Definitions for 1 Kings 8:31

    Trespass - Wrong-doing; sin.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 8:31

    If any man trespass against his neighbor - Solomon puts here seven cases, in all of which the mercy and intervention of God would be indispensably requisite; and he earnestly bespeaks that mercy and intervention on condition that the people pray towards that holy place, and with a feeling heart make earnest supplication.

    The First case is one of doubtfulness; where a man has sustained an injury, and charges it on a suspected person, though not able to bring direct evidence of the fact, the accused is permitted to come before the altar of God, and purge himself by his personal oath. Solomon prays that God may not permit a false oath to be taken, but that he will discover the truth, so that the wicked shall be condemned, and the righteous justified.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 8:31

    The oath come before ... - "The oath" is equivalent to "the man who swears the oath." A slight alteration in the present Hebrew text gives the sense "and he (the accused) go and swear before thine altar," etc. The threats and the promises, the punishments and calamities of 1 Kings 8:31-38 were distinctly named in the Law. See the margin reference.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Kings 8:31

    8:31 Trespass - If he be accused of a trespass. Laid on him - Either by the judge, or by the party accusing him, or by the accused person himself: which was usual, when there were no witnesses. Thine altar - For here God, who was appealed to as witness, was especially present. Hence the Heathens used to swear at their altars.