Compare Translations for Deuteronomy 25:3

Deuteronomy 25:3 ASV
Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 BBE
He may be given forty blows, not more; for if more are given, your brother may be shamed before you.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 CEB
Give no more than forty blows. If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 CJB
but the maximum number is forty. He is not to exceed this; if he goes over this limit and beats him more than this, your brother will be humiliated before your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 RHE
Yet so, that they exceed not the number of forty: lest thy brother depart shamefully torn before thy eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 ESV
Forty stripes may be given him, but not more, lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 GW
orty lashes may be given, but no more. If an Israelite were given more than that, he would be publicly humiliated.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 GNT
He may be given as many as forty lashes, but no more; more than that would humiliate him publicly.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 HNV
Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 CSB
He may be flogged with 40 lashes, but no more. Otherwise, if he is flogged with more lashes than these, your brother will be degraded in your sight.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 KJV
Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed : lest, if he should exceed , and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 LEB
He may beat him [with] forty lashes, and he shall not do more [than these], so that he [will] not beat more in addition to these many blows, and your countryman would be degraded before your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NAS
"He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not degraded in your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NCV
But don't hit a person more than forty times, because more than that would disgrace him before others.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NIRV
But the judge must not give the guilty man more than 40 strokes. If more than that are used, you will look down on your Israelite neighbor.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NIV
but he must not give him more than forty lashes. If he is flogged more than that, your brother will be degraded in your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NKJV
Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NLT
No more than forty lashes may ever be given; more than forty lashes would publicly humiliate your neighbor."
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Deuteronomy 25:3 NRS
Forty lashes may be given but not more; if more lashes than these are given, your neighbor will be degraded in your sight.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 RSV
Forty stripes may be given him, but not more; lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 DBY
With forty [stripes] shall they beat him; they shall not exceed, lest, if they continue to beat him with many stripes above these, thy brother become despicable in thine eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 MSG
but not more than forty. If you hit him more than forty times, you will degrade him to something less than human.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 WBT
Forty stripes he may give him, [and] not exceed: lest [if] he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile to thee.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 TMB
Forty stripes he may give him, and no more, lest, if he should exceed and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 TNIV
but the judge must not impose more than forty lashes. If the guilty party is flogged more than that, your Israelite neighbor will be degraded in your eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 TYN
.xl. stirpes he shall geue him and not passe: lest yf he shulde exceade and beate him aboue that with many stripes, thi brother shuld appere vngodly before thyne eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 WEB
Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.
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Deuteronomy 25:3 WYC
so only that they pass not the number of forty strokes, lest thy brother be rent vilely before thine eyes, and go then away (and then go away).
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Deuteronomy 25:3 YLT
forty [times] he doth smite him -- he is not adding, lest, he is adding to smite him above these -- many stripes, and thy brother is lightly esteemed in thine eyes.
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Deuteronomy 25 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 25

Extent of punishment. (1-3) The ox that treadeth the corn. (4) Marriage of a brother's wife. (5-12) Of unjust weights. (13-16) War against Amalek. (17-19)

Verses 1-3 Every punishment should be with solemnity, that those who see it may be filled with dread, and be warned not to offend in like manner. And though the criminals must be shamed as well as put to pain, for their warning and disgrace, yet care should be taken that they do not appear totally vile. Happy those who are chastened of the Lord to humble them, that they should not be condemned with the world to destruction.

Verse 4 This is a charge to husbandmen. It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us. But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our ( 1 Corinthians. 9:9 )

Verses 5-12 The custom here regulated seems to have been in the Jewish law in order to keep inheritances distinct; now it is unlawful.

Verses 13-16 Dishonest gain always brings a curse on men's property, families, and souls. Happy those who judge themselves, repent of and forsake their sins, and put away evil things, that they may not be condemned of the Lord.

Verses 17-19 Let every persecutor and injurer of God's people take warning from the case of the Amalekites. The longer it is before judgement comes, the more dreadful will it be at last. Amalek may remind us of the foes of our souls. May we be enabled to slay all our lusts, all the corruptions both within and without, all the powers of darkness and of the world, which oppose our way to the blessed Saviour.

Deuteronomy 25 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 25

Deuteronomy 25:1-19 . STRIPES MUST NOT EXCEED FORTY.

2, 3. if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten--In judicial sentences, which awarded punishment short of capital, scourging, like the Egyptian bastinado, was the most common form in which they were executed. The Mosaic law, however, introduced two important restrictions; namely: (1) The punishment should be inflicted in presence of the judge instead of being inflicted in private by some heartless official; and (2) The maximum amount of it should be limited to forty stripes, instead of being awarded according to the arbitrary will or passion of the magistrate. The Egyptian, like Turkish and Chinese rulers, often applied the stick till they caused death or lameness for life. Of what the scourge consisted at first we are not informed; but in later times, when the Jews were exceedingly scrupulous in adhering to the letter of the law and, for fear of miscalculation, were desirous of keeping within the prescribed limit, it was formed of three cords, terminating in leathern thongs, and thirteen strokes of this counted as thirty-nine stripes ( 2 Corinthians 11:24 ).

4. Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn--In Judea, as in modern Syria and Egypt, the larger grains were beaten out by the feet of oxen, which, yoked together, day after day trod round the wide open spaces which form the threshing-floors. The animals were allowed freely to pick up a mouthful, when they chose to do so: a wise as well as humane regulation, introduced by the law of Moses (compare 1 Corinthians 9:9 , 1 Timothy 5:17 1 Timothy 5:18 ).

5-10. the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother . . . shall take her to him to wife--This usage existed before the age of Moses ( Genesis 38:8 ). But the Mosaic law rendered the custom obligatory ( Matthew 22:25 ) on younger brothers, or the nearest kinsman, to marry the widow ( Ruth 4:4 ), by associating the natural desire of perpetuating a brother's name with the preservation of property in the Hebrew families and tribes. If the younger brother declined to comply with the law, the widow brought her claim before the authorities of the place at a public assembly (the gate of the city); and he having declared his refusal, she was ordered to loose the thong of his shoe--a sign of degradation--following up that act by spitting on the ground-- the strongest expression of ignominy and contempt among Eastern people. The shoe was kept by the magistrate as an evidence of the transaction, and the parties separated.

13-16. Thou shalt not have . . . divers weights--Weights were anciently made of stone and are frequently used still by Eastern shopkeepers and traders, who take them out of the bag and put them in the balance. The man who is not cheated by the trader and his bag of divers weights must be blessed with more acuteness than most of his fellows [ROBERTS]. (Compare Proverbs 16:11 , 20:10 ).

17-19. Remember what Amalek did--This cold-blooded and dastardly atrocity is not narrated in the previous history ( Exodus 17:14 ). It was an unprovoked outrage on the laws of nature and humanity, as well as a daring defiance of that God who had so signally shown His favor towards Israel.