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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Deuteronomy 15:9

 

 

"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, `The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart - בליעל לבבך lebabecha beliyaal, thy belial heart, that is, thy good-for-nothing or unprofitable heart; See on Deuteronomy 13:13; (note).

And thine eye be evil - An evil eye signifies a covetous disposition. See the same form of expression used by our Lord in the same sense, Matthew 6:23. If thine eye be evil - If thou be a covetous person. Evil eye is by our Lord opposed to single eye, i. e., a person of a liberal, benevolent mind. Covetousness darkens the soul; liberality and benevolence enlighten it.

And he cry unto the Lord against thee - What a consolation to the poor and the oppressed, that they have a sure friend in God, who will hear their cry and redress their grievances!


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart,.... "Or, thy heart of Belial"F6לבבך בליעל "corde tuo Belial", Montanus. ; thy worthless heart, and which is without a yoke not subjected to the law of God, as every carnal heart is; and in which Belial, Satan, the prince of this world, works effectually, and inclines to evil thoughts, afflictions, and desires, which are to be guarded against:

saying, the seventh year, the year of release, is at hand: perhaps next year, or within a few months:

and thine eye be evil against thy brother, and thou give him nought; being of an uncompassionate and covetous disposition, shall refuse to give or lend him anything on this consideration, because the year of release will quickly come, when, if poor and unable to pay him, he would be obliged to release his debt:

and he cry unto the Lord against thee; go to the throne of grace, and in prayer bring a charge, and lodge a complaint of unkindness and uncharitableness: and it be a sin unto thee; the Lord shall reckon it as a sin, a very heinous one, and call to an account for it.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/deuteronomy-15.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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.

Beware — Suppress the first risings of such uncharitableness.

It be sin — That is, it be charged upon thee as a sin.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/deuteronomy-15.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

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.

Ver. 9. And he cried unto the Lord.] Who is the poor man’s king, as James V of Scotland was termed for his charity.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 9. And thine eye be evil against thy poor brother The eye, say the Jews, is the index of the mind: so an evil eye, when giving is spoken of, signifies a covetous and hard-hearted disposition. Proverbs 23:6. Matthew 20:15 and, on the contrary, a bountiful eye is a sign of a generous and charitable soul. Proverbs 22:9. Sirach 35:8. And it be sin unto thee, signifies either a great and enormous sin, as the word is sometimes used by way of eminence. Proverbs 24:9. John 15:24. James 4:17 or, the punishment of sin.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart; suppress the first risings and inward motions of such uncharitableness.

Thine eye be evil, i.e. envious, unmerciful, unkind, as this phrase is used, Proverbs 23:6 Matthew 20:15; as a good eye notes the contrary disposition, Proverbs 22:9.

It be sin, i.e. it be charged upon thee as a sin, and as a great sin, as the word sin sometimes signifies, as Proverbs 24:9 John 15:24 James 4:17.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

9. Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart — The original is very forcible. Lest there be a wicked thing in thy heart.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/deuteronomy-15.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Eyes. Hebrew, "and thy eye be evil against," &c. This expression denotes one who is a prey to the base passions of avarice, jealousy, envy, &c., chap. xxviii. 54., and Matthew xx. 15. (Calmet) --- A sin, or draw on punishment. (Menochius) --- "If thou hast not fed, thou hast killed" thy neighbour in extreme want. (St. Ambrose, Off. ii. 7.) (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

thought = word (= thought expressed).

wicked heart = heart of Belial.

sin = Hebrew. chat"a. See App-44.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/deuteronomy-15.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.
Beware
Proverbs 4:23; Jeremiah 17:10; Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21,22; Romans 7:8,9; James 4:5
thought, etc
Heb. word with thine heart of Belial. thine eye.
28:54-56; Proverbs 23:6; 24:9; 28:22; Matthew 20:15; James 5:9; 1 Peter 4:9
he cry
24:15; Exodus 3:7; 22:23; Job 34:28; Psalms 9:12; Proverbs 21:13; James 5:4
sin unto thee
Matthew 25:41-45; James 4:17; 1 John 3:15-17

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/deuteronomy-15.html.

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