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Exodus 23:9

    Exodus 23:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Also you shall not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And a sojourner shalt thou not oppress: for ye know the heart of a sojourner, seeing ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do not be hard on the man from a strange country who is living among you; for you have had experience of the feelings of one who is far from the land of his birth, because you yourselves were living in Egypt, in a strange land.

    Webster's Revision

    And a sojourner shalt thou not oppress: for ye know the heart of a sojourner, seeing ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

    World English Bible

    "You shall not oppress an alien, for you know the heart of an alien, since you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And a stranger shalt thou not oppress: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 23:9

    Ye know the heart of a stranger - Having been strangers yourselves, under severe, long continued, and cruel oppression, ye know the fears, cares, anxieties, and dismal forebodings which the heart of a stranger feels. What a forcible appeal to humanity and compassion!

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 23:9

    23:9 Thou shalt not oppress the stranger - Though aliens might not inherit lands among them; yet they must have justice done them. It was an instance of the equity of our law, that if an alien be tried for any crime except treason, the one half of his jury, if he desire it, shall be foreigners; a kind provision that strangers may not be oppressed. For ye know the heart of a stranger - You know something of the griefs and fears of a stranger by sad experience.