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Deuteronomy 23:25

25 If you enter your neighbor’s grainfield, you may pick kernels with your hands, but you must not put a sickle to their standing grain.

Read Deuteronomy 23:25 Using Other Translations

When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn.
If you go into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the ears with your hand, but you shall not put a sickle to your neighbor's standing grain.
And when you enter your neighbor’s field of grain, you may pluck the heads of grain with your hand, but you must not harvest it with a sickle.

What does Deuteronomy 23:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 23:25

When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour
Passest through it to go to some other place, the road lying through it, as it often does through standing corn; so Christ and his disciples are said to go through the corn, ( Matthew 12:1 ) ; but Jarchi says this Scripture speaks of a workman also, and so the Targum of Jonathan,

``when thou goest in to take thine hire according to work in thy neighbour's standing corn;''

but the other sense is best, and is confirmed and illustrated by the instance given, as well as best agrees with what follows:

then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand;
the ears of wheat, and rub them, to separate the grain from the husk or beard, and eat it, as did the disciples of Christ; ( Luke 6:1 ) ; to satisfy hunger: but thou shall not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn to cut it down and carry any of it off; which would have been an unjust thing.

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