Leviticus 25:20
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New International Version
You may ask, "What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?"

New Living Translation
But you might ask, 'What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?'

English Standard Version
And if you say, ‘What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather in our crop?’

New American Standard Bible
'But if you say, "What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?"

King James Bible
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you wonder: 'What will we eat in the seventh year if we don't sow or gather our produce?'

International Standard Version
"Now if you ask, 'What will we eat during the seventh year? After all, we may not plant or even gather our produce!'

NET Bible
If you say, 'What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not sow and gather our produce?'

New Heart English Bible
If you said, "What shall we eat the seventh year? Look, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase;"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may ask, 'What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or bring in our crops?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if ye shall say: 'What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we may not sow, nor gather in our increase';

New American Standard 1977
‘But if you say, “What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow nor gather in our fruits,

King James 2000 Bible
And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

American King James Version
And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

American Standard Version
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you say: What shall we eat the seventh year, if we sow not, nor gather our fruits?

Darby Bible Translation
And if ye say, What shall we eat in the seventh year? behold, we may not sow, nor gather in our produce;

English Revised Version
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

Webster's Bible Translation
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow nor gather in our increase:

World English Bible
If you said, "What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase;"

Young's Literal Translation
'And when ye say, What do we eat in the seventh year, lo, we do not sow, nor gather our increase?
Study Bible
The Blessing of Obedience
19'Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it. 20But if you say, "What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?" 21then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:4
but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard.

Leviticus 25:6
All of you shall have the sabbath products of the land for food; yourself, and your male and female slaves, and your hired man and your foreign resident, those who live as aliens with you.

Leviticus 25:19
'Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it.
Treasury of Scripture

And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

Numbers 11:4,13 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the …

2 Kings 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone …

2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

2 Chronicles 25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the …

Psalm 78:19,20 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in …

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, …

Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall …

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? …

Luke 12:29 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Hebrews 13:5,6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

(20) What shall we eat the seventh year ?--The Lawgiver here anticipates an objection on the part of those who are called upon to abstain from cultivating the land in the sabbatical year, and who are overanxious about the provisions of their families.

Behold, we shall not sow.--That is, are forbidden to sow. (See Leviticus 25:4.)

Nor gather in our increase.--That is, we are even prohibited to gather the spontaneous growths and store them up, and are commanded to leave "the increase" in the field. (See Leviticus 25:7.)

And ye shall say, what shall ye eat the seventh year?.... Such as are of little faith, disbelieve the promise, and distrust the providence of God, and take thought for tomorrow, and indulge an anxiety of mind how they shall be provided with food in the sabbatical year ordered to be observed, in which there were to be no tillage of land, nor pruning of trees:

behold, we shall not sow; that being forbidden:

nor gather in our increase; neither the barley, nor the wheat, nor the grapes, nor olives, nor figs, into their houses and barns, to lay up for stores, as in other years; though they might go out and gather in for present use in common with others: now if any should put the above question, as it was very likely some would, in such a view of things, the answer to it follows. 25:8-22 The word jubilee signifies a peculiarly animated sound of the silver trumpets. This sound was to be made on the evening of the great day of atonement; for the proclamation of gospel liberty and salvation results from the sacrifice of the Redeemer. It was provided that the lands should not be sold away from their families. They could only be disposed of, as it were, by leases till the year of jubilee, and then returned to the owner or his heir. This tended to preserve their tribes and families distinct, till the coming of the Messiah. The liberty every man was born to, if sold or forfeited, should return at the year of jubilee. This was typical of redemption by Christ from the slavery of sin and Satan, and of being brought again to the liberty of the children of God. All bargains ought to be made by this rule, Ye shall not oppress one another, not take advantage of one another's ignorance or necessity, but thou shalt fear thy God. The fear of God reigning in the heart, would restrain from doing wrong to our neighbour in word or deed. Assurance was given that they should be great gainers, by observing these years of rest. If we are careful to do our duty, we may trust God with our comfort. This was a miracle for an encouragement to all neither sowed or reaped. This was a miracle for an encouragement to all God's people, in all ages, to trust him in the way of duty. There is nothing lost by faith and self-denial in obedience. Some asked, What shall we eat the seventh year? Thus many Christians anticipate evils, questioning what they shall do, and fearing to proceed in the way of duty. But we have no right to anticipate evils, so as to distress ourselves about them. To carnal minds we may appear to act absurdly, but the path of duty is ever the path of safety.
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