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Exodus 23:4

    Exodus 23:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If you meet your enemy's ox or his ass going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If you come across the ox or the ass of one who is no friend to you wandering from its way, you are to take it back to him.

    Webster's Revision

    If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

    World English Bible

    "If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

    Definitions for Exodus 23:4

    Meet - Agreeable; fit; proper.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 23:4

    If thou meet thine enemy's ox - going astray - From the humane and heavenly maxim in this and the following verse, our blessed Lord has formed the following precept: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44. A precept so plain, wise, benevolent, and useful, can receive no other comment than that which its influence on the heart of a kind and merciful man produces in his life.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 23:4

    So far was the spirit of the law from encouraging personal revenge that it would not allow a man to neglect an opportunity of saving his enemy from loss.