Leviticus 25:20
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?’

Berean Study Bible
Now you may wonder, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not sow or gather our produce?’

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:

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

Contemporary English Version
Don't ever worry about what you will eat during the seventh year when you are forbidden to plant or harvest.

Good News Translation
But someone may ask what there will be to eat during the seventh year, when no fields are planted and no crops gathered.

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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if ye should say, What shall we eat in this seventh year, if we do not sow nor gather in our fruits?

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
19Then the land will yield its fruit, so that you can eat your fill and dwell in safety in the land. 20Now you may wonder, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not sow or gather our produce?’ 21But I will send My blessing upon you in the sixth year, so that the land will yield a crop sufficient for three years.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:4
But in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of complete rest for the land--a Sabbath to the LORD. You are not to sow your field or prune your vineyard.

Leviticus 25:6
Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year shall be food for you--for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, the hired hand or foreigner who stays with you,

Leviticus 25:19
Then the land will yield its fruit, so that you can eat your fill and dwell in safety in the land.

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 mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? …

2 Kings 6:15-17
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? …

2 Kings 7:2
Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.







Lexicon
Now
וְכִ֣י (wə·ḵî)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you may wonder,
תֹאמְר֔וּ (ṯō·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will we eat
נֹּאכַ֤֖ל‪‬ (nō·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

in the seventh
הַשְּׁבִיעִ֑ת (haš·šə·ḇî·‘iṯ)
Article | Number - ordinal feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7637: Seventh (an ordinal number)

year
בַּשָּׁנָ֣ה (baš·šā·nāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

if
הֵ֚ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

we do not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

sow
נִזְרָ֔ע (niz·rā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2232: To sow, to disseminate, plant, fructify

or gather
נֶאֱסֹ֖ף (ne·’ĕ·sōp̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 622: To gather for, any purpose, to receive, take away, remove

our produce?’
תְּבוּאָתֵֽנוּ׃ (tə·ḇū·’ā·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8393: Product, revenue
(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.)

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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