People 1 do not despise a thief when he steals to fulfill his need 2 when he is hungry.
Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving.
Hunger is no excuse for a thief to steal;
Men do not have a low opinion of a thief who takes food when he is in need of it:
Thieves are not despised who steal only to satisfy their appetite when they are hungry.
People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
[Men] do not despise
if he steal
when he is hungry
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People do not
he is hungry.
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1 tn Heb “they do not despise.”
2 tn Heb “himself” or “his life.” Since the word נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, traditionally “soul”) refers to the whole person, body and soul, and since it has a basic idea of the bundle of appetites that make up a person, the use here for satisfying his hunger is appropriate.