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Exodus 23:4

4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it.

Read Exodus 23:4 Using Other Translations

If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again
"If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him
“If you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey that has strayed away, take it back to its owner.

What does Exodus 23:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 23:4

If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray
Or any other beast, as the Samaritan version adds; for these are only mentioned for instances, as being more common, and creatures subject to go astray; now when such as these are met going astray, so as to be in danger of being lost to the owner, though he is an enemy; or as the Targum of Jonathan,

``whom thou hatest because of a sin, which thou alone knowest in him;''

yet this was not so far to prejudice the finder of his beasts against him, as to be careless about them, to suffer them to go on without acquainting him with them, or returning them to him, as follows:

thou shalt surely bring it back to him again;
whether it be an ox, or an ass, or any other beast, the law is very strong and binding upon the finder to return it to his neighbour, though an enemy, and bring it either to his field or to his farm.

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