Deuteronomy 22:7
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New International Version
You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.

New Living Translation
You may take the young, but let the mother go, so that you may prosper and enjoy a long life.

English Standard Version
You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.

Berean Study Bible
You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

New American Standard Bible
you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

King James Bible
But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

Christian Standard Bible
You may take the young for yourself, but be sure to let the mother go free, so that you may prosper and live long.

Good News Translation
You may take the young birds, but you must let the mother bird go, so that you will live a long and prosperous life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You may take the young for yourself, but be sure to let the mother go free, so that you may prosper and live long.

International Standard Version
You may take the young but be sure to release the mother, so that life will go well for you and that you may have a long life.

NET Bible
You must be sure to let the mother go, but you may take the young for yourself. Do this so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.

New Heart English Bible
you shall surely let the hen go, but the young you may take to yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may take the chicks, but make sure you let the mother go. Then things will go well for you, and you will live for a long time.

JPS Tanakh 1917
thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, but the young thou mayest take unto thyself; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

New American Standard 1977
you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou shalt let the mother go and take the young for thyself, that it may be well with thee and that thou may prolong thy days.

King James 2000 Bible
But you shall surely let the mother go, and take the young for yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

American King James Version
But you shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to you; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

American Standard Version
thou shalt surely let the dam go, but the young thou mayest take unto thyself; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But shalt let her go, keeping the young which thou hast caught: that it may be well with thee, and thou mayst live a long time.

Darby Bible Translation
thou shalt in any case let the dam go, and thou mayest take the young to thee, that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

English Revised Version
thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, but the young thou mayest take unto thyself; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

World English Bible
you shall surely let the hen go, but the young you may take to yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

Young's Literal Translation
thou dost certainly send away the mother, and the young ones dost take to thyself, so that it is well with thee, and thou hast prolonged days.
Study Bible
Various Laws
6If you come across a bird’s nest with chicks or eggs, either in a tree or on the ground along the road, and the mother is sitting on the chicks or eggs, you must not take the mother along with the young. 7You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days. 8If you build a new house, you are to construct a railing around your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if someone falls from it.…
Cross References
Leviticus 22:28
But you must not slaughter an ox or sheep on the same day as its young.

Deuteronomy 4:40
Keep His statutes and commandments, which I am giving you today, so that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time."

Deuteronomy 5:33
You must walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land you will possess.

Deuteronomy 22:8
If you build a new house, you are to construct a railing around your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if someone falls from it.

Treasury of Scripture

But you shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to you; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

But thou shalt The extirpation of any species of birds, whether edible or birds of prey, is often attended with serious consequences, and is always productive of evil; to prevent which was the object of this law. Palestine is situated in a climate producing poisonous snakes and scorpions, and between deserts and mountains, from which it would be inundated by them, as well as with immense swarms of flies, locusts, and mice, if the birds which feed upon them were extirpated. In a moral point of view, it may have been intended to inculcate a spirit of mercy and kindness, and to prevent the exercise of such cruelty will, if circumstances be favourable, be cruel to his fellow-creatures.

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Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which …

thou mayest

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.







But thou shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee,.... Or "in letting go, let go", or "in sending, send away" (a); that is, willingly, certainly, entirely, frequently, always; so the Jewish canons (b),"if anyone lets her go, and she returns, even four or five times, he is obliged to let her go, as it is said, "in letting go, let go";''nay, Maimonides says (c), even a thousand times; the canon proceeds,"if anyone says, lo, I take the dam and let go the young, he is obliged to let her go; if he takes the young, and returns them again to the nest, and after that returns the dam to them, he is free from letting her go;"

that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days; the Targum of Jonathan is,"that it may be well with thee in this world, and thou mayest prolong thy days in the world to come:''the same blessing that is promised to observers of the fifth command, which is one of the weightier matters of the law, is made to this; which the Jews say (d) is but as the value of a farthing, or of little account in comparison of others; wherefore, as Fagius rightly observes (e), God, in bestowing such rewards, has regard not to the works of men, but to his own grace and kindness; for what merit can there be in letting go or preserving the life of a little bird?

(a) "dimittendo dimittes", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; so Ainsworth. (b) Misn. Cholin, c. 12. sect. 3.((c) In Misn. ib. (d) Misn. ib. sect. 5. (e) In loc. 22:5-12 God's providence extends itself to the smallest affairs, and his precepts do so, that even in them we may be in the fear of the Lord, as we are under his eye and care. Yet the tendency of these laws, which seem little, is such, that being found among the things of God's law, they are to be accounted great things. If we would prove ourselves to be God's people, we must have respect to his will and to his glory, and not to the vain fashions of the world. Even in putting on our garments, as in eating or in drinking, all must be done with a serious regard to preserve our own and others' purity in heart and actions. Our eye should be single, our heart simple, and our behaviour all of a piece.
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