4 ‘When thou meetest thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou dost certainly turn it back to him; 5when thou seest the ass of him who is hating thee crouching under its burden, then thou hast ceased from leaving it to it—thou dost certainly leave it with him.
6 ‘Thou dost not turn aside the judgment of thy needy one in his strife; 7from a false matter thou dost keep far off, and an innocent and righteous man thou dost not slay; for I do not justify a wicked man.
10 ‘And six years thou dost sow thy land, and hast gathered its increase; 11and the seventh thou dost release it, and hast left it, and the needy of thy people have eaten, and their leaving doth the beast of the field eat; so dost thou to thy vineyard—to thine olive-yard.
12 ‘Six days thou dost do thy work, and on the seventh day thou dost rest, so that thine ox and thine ass doth rest, and the son of thine handmaid and the sojourner is refreshed; 13and in all that which I have said unto you ye do take heed; and the name of other gods ye do not mention; it is not heard on thy mouth.
14 ‘Three times thou dost keep a feast to Me in a year; 15the Feast of Unleavened things thou dost keep; seven days thou dost eat unleavened things, as I have commanded thee, at the time appointed in the month of Abib; for in it thou hast come forth out of Egypt, and ye do not appear in My presence empty; 16and the Feast of Harvest, the first fruits of thy works which thou sowest in the field; and the Feast of the In-Gathering, in the outgoing of the year, in thy gathering thy works out of the field.
18 ‘Thou dost not sacrifice on a fermented thing the blood of My sacrifice, and the fat of My festival doth not remain till morning; 19the beginning of the first-fruits of thy ground thou dost bring into the house of Jehovah thy God; thou dost not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.
20 ‘Lo, I am sending a messenger before thee to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee in unto the place which I have prepared; 21be watchful because of his presence, and hearken to his voice, rebel not against him, for he beareth not with your transgression, for My name is in his heart; 22for, if thou diligently hearken to his voice, and hast done all that which I speak, then I have been at enmity with thine enemies, and have distressed those distressing thee.
25 ‘And ye have served Jehovah your God, and He hath blessed thy bread and thy water, and I have turned aside sickness from thine heart; 26there is not a miscarrying and barren one in thy land; the number of thy days I fulfil: 27My terror I send before thee, and I have put to death all the people among whom thou comest, and I have given the neck of all thine enemies unto thee.
28 ‘And I have sent the hornet before thee, and it hath cast out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee; 29I cast them not out from before thee in one year, lest the land be a desolation, and the beast of the field hath multiplied against thee; 30little by little I cast them out from before thee, till thou art fruitful, and hast inherited the land.
31 ‘And I have set thy border from the Red Sea, even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness unto the River: for I give into your hand the inhabitants of the land, and thou hast cast them out from before thee; 32thou dost not make a covenant with them, and with their gods; 33they do not dwell in thy land, lest they cause thee to sin against Me when thou servest their gods, when it becometh a snare to thee.’
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.