NETBible KJV GRK-HEB XRef Arts Hymns
  Discovery Box

Leviticus 25:35-37

Context
Debt and Slave Regulations

25:35 “‘If your brother 1  becomes impoverished and is indebted to you, 2  you must support 3  him; he must live 4  with you like a foreign resident. 5  25:36 Do not take interest or profit from him, 6  but you must fear your God and your brother must live 7  with you. 25:37 You must not lend him your money at interest and you must not sell him food for profit. 8 

1 tn It is not clear to whom this refers. It is probably broader than “sibling” (cf. NRSV “any of your kin”; NLT “any of your Israelite relatives”) but some English versions take it to mean “fellow Israelite” (so TEV; cf. NAB, NIV “countrymen”) and others are ambiguous (cf. CEV “any of your people”).

2 tn Heb “and his hand slips with you.”

3 tn Heb “strengthen”; NASB “sustain.”

4 tn The form וָחַי (vakhay, “and shall live”) looks like the adjective “living,” but the MT form is simply the same verb written as a double ayin verb (see HALOT 309 s.v. חיה qal, and GKC 218 §76.i; cf. Lev 18:5).

5 tn Heb “a foreigner and resident,” which is probably to be combined (see B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 170-71).

6 tn The meaning of the terms rendered “interest” and “profit” is much debated (see the summaries in P. J. Budd, Leviticus [NCBC], 354-55 and B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 178). Verse 37, however, suggests that the first refers to a percentage of money and the second percentage of produce (see J. E. Hartley, Leviticus [WBC], 421).

7 tn In form the Hebrew term וְחֵי (vÿkhey, “shall live”) is the construct plural noun (i.e., “the life of”), but here it is used as the finite verb (cf. v. 35 and GKC 218 §76.i).

8 tn Heb “your money” and “your food.” With regard to “interest” and “profit” see the note on v. 36 above.



TIP #01: Welcome to the NEXT Bible Web Interface and Study System!! [ALL]
created in 0.03 seconds
powered by bible.org