Leviticus 19:33-34 Meaning of When a Foreigner Resides among You in Your Land

Leviticus 19:33-34
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

Explanation and Commentary on Leviticus 19:33-34

There had been many laws that God has given to the children of Israel. Most of these laws are to put them in check and help them to do accordingly.

There is a blessing in doing good. When we do good – we get favored. God knew this which is why He gave the command. He told us to love the people.

1 John 4:7
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

God is all about love, we can’t claim to love God and not possess the ability to love others.

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.

According to the dictionary, a foreigner is a person who comes from another country or region. This is also what the bible refers to as a stranger. They are the kind of people that seek to do business, find shelter, food or things to make their lives easier. We are all looking for a way to make our lives better and mistreating those who have come from the foreign land will not add anything to us.

In the book of Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talked about those who do not give. On the last day, nations were gathered before the Lord and people were divided into two, the sheep and the goats. Those in the right hand, the sheep, were rewarded for being nice to people and to those who do not have. Those on the left side were condemned because they did not help the poor and those who could not help themselves.

“Love them as yourself.”

If we do follow Jesus’ commandment and love people like ourselves, then we will be brought closer to God by living in His image.

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Biblical Translations of Leviticus 19:33-34

NIV
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

NLT
“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

KJV
“And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

NKJV
“And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

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