Deuteronomy 7:17
New International Version
You may say to yourselves, "These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?"

New Living Translation
Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’

English Standard Version
“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’

Berean Study Bible
You may say in your heart, “These nations are greater than we are; how can we drive them out?”

King James Bible
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

New King James Version
“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’—

New American Standard Bible
“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’

NASB 1995
"If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'

NASB 1977
“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’

Amplified Bible
“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I am; how can I dispossess them?’

Christian Standard Bible
“If you say to yourself, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I drive them out? ’

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you say to yourself, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I drive them out?'

American Standard Version
If thou shalt say in thy heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you say in your heart: ‘These nations are more numerous than I; how can I destroy them?’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But if thou shouldest say in thine heart, This nation is greater than I, how shall I be able to destroy them utterly?

Contemporary English Version
You may be thinking, "How can we destroy these nations? They are more powerful than we are."

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou say in thy heart: These nations are more than I, how shall I be able to destroy them?

English Revised Version
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

Good News Translation
"Do not tell yourselves that these peoples outnumber you and that you cannot drive them out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may say to yourselves, "These nations outnumber us. How can we force them out?"

International Standard Version
"You may say to yourselves, 'These nations are more numerous than we are. How can we dispossess them?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou shalt say in thy heart: 'These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?'

Literal Standard Version
When you say in your heart, These nations [are] more numerous than I, how am I able to dispossess them?

NET Bible
If you think, "These nations are more numerous than I--how can I dispossess them?"

New Heart English Bible
If you shall say in your heart, "These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?"

World English Bible
If you shall say in your heart, "These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?"

Young's Literal Translation
When thou sayest in thine heart, These nations are more numerous than I, how am I able to dispossess them? --

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Promises of God
16You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God will deliver to you. Do not look on them with pity. Do not worship their gods, for that will be a snare to you. 17 You may say in your heart, “These nations are greater than we are; how can we drive them out?” 18But do not be afraid of them. Be sure to remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and all Egypt:…

Cross References
Numbers 33:53
You are to take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.

Jeremiah 13:22
And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?" It is because of the magnitude of your iniquity that your skirts have been stripped off and your body has been exposed.


Treasury of Scripture

If you shall say in your heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

thou shalt

Deuteronomy 8:17
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

Deuteronomy 15:9
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

Deuteronomy 18:21
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

these nations

Numbers 13:32
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

Numbers 33:53
And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.

Joshua 17:16-18
And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel…









Verses 17, 18. - If thou shalt say in thine heart. The thought might rise in their minds, How can we ever compete with nations so much more powerful than we? But such thoughts they must repress, remembering what God had done for them to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, and resting assured that the same would he do to the Canaanites.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You may say
תֹאמַר֙ (ṯō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

in your heart,
בִּלְבָ֣בְךָ֔ (bil·ḇā·ḇə·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

“These
הָאֵ֖לֶּה (hā·’êl·leh)
Article | Pronoun - common plural
Strong's 428: These, those

nations
הַגּוֹיִ֥ם (hag·gō·w·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

are greater
רַבִּ֛ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

than we are;
מִמֶּ֑נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

how
אֵיכָ֥ה (’ê·ḵāh)
Interjection
Strong's 349: How?, how!, where

can
אוּכַ֖ל (’ū·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

we drive them out?”
לְהוֹרִישָֽׁם׃ (lə·hō·w·rî·šām)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3423: To occupy, to seize, to rob, to inherit, to expel, to impoverish, to ruin


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