Deuteronomy 19:10
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New International Version
Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.

New Living Translation
That way you will prevent the death of innocent people in the land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession. You will not be held responsible for the death of innocent people.

English Standard Version
lest innocent blood be shed in your land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance, and so the guilt of bloodshed be upon you.

Berean Study Bible
Thus innocent blood will not be shed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.

New American Standard Bible
"So innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and bloodguiltiness be on you.

King James Bible
That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

Christian Standard Bible
In this way, innocent blood will not be shed, and you will not become guilty of bloodshed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

Contemporary English Version
You will need them, so innocent people won't be killed on your land while they are trying to reach a Safe Town that is too far away. You will be guilty of murder, if innocent people lose their lives because you didn't name enough Safe Towns in the land the LORD your God will give you.

Good News Translation
Do this, so that innocent people will not die and so that you will not be guilty of putting them to death in the land that the LORD is giving you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In this way, innocent blood will not be shed, and you will not become guilty of bloodshed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

International Standard Version
You must not shed innocent blood on your land that the LORD your God is about to give you as an inheritance. Otherwise, you'll be guilty of murder."

NET Bible
You must not shed innocent blood in your land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, for that would make you guilty.

New Heart English Bible
that innocent blood not be shed in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That way, innocent people won't be killed in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you won't be guilty of murder.

JPS Tanakh 1917
that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

New American Standard 1977
“So innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and bloodguiltiness be on you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that innocent blood not be shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance, and the blood shall not be upon thee.

King James 2000 Bible
That innocent blood be not shed in your land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be upon you.

American King James Version
That innocent blood be not shed in your land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

American Standard Version
that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That innocent blood may not be shed in the midst of the land which the Lord thy God will give thee to possess, lest thou be guilty of blood.

Darby Bible Translation
that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and blood come not upon thee.

English Revised Version
that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
That innocent blood may not be shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

World English Bible
that innocent blood not be shed in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

Young's Literal Translation
and innocent blood is not shed in the midst of thy land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee -- an inheritance, and there hath been upon thee blood.
Study Bible
Cities of Refuge
9and if you carefully observe all these commandments I am giving you today, loving the LORD your God and walking in His ways at all times, then you are to add three more cities to these three. 10Thus innocent blood will not be shed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed. 11If, however, a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait, attacks him and kills him, and then flees to one of these cities,…
Cross References
Numbers 35:33
Do not pollute the land where you live, for bloodshed pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land on which the blood is shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Deuteronomy 21:1
If one is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,

1 Samuel 19:5
He took his life in his hands when he struck down the Philistine, and the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced, so why would you sin against innocent blood by killing David for no reason?”

Proverbs 6:17
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Treasury of Scripture

That innocent blood be not shed in your land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

Deuteronomy 19:13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of …

Deuteronomy 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, to your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, …

1 Kings 2:31 And the king said to him, Do as he has said, and fall on him, and …

2 Kings 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, …

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Jeremiah 7:6,7 If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and …

Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, …

Jonah 1:14 Why they cried to the LORD, and said, We beseech you, O LORD, we …

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. …







Verse 10. - The design of appointing these cities was to prevent the shedding of innocent blood, which would be the case were the unintentional manslayer killed in revenge by one of the relatives of the man he had slain; in this case the guilt of bloodshed would rest upon the nation if they neglected to provide for the escape of the manslayer. That innocent blood be not shed,.... As it would be if such a slayer as before described was killed by the avenger of blood, before he could get to one of these cities of refuge, or supposing that they had not bean appointed, or a sufficient number of them:

which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance; to be enjoyed by them and their children after them, provided they did not defile it by their sins, but observed the commands of the Lord to obey them and

so blood be upon thee; the guilt of innocent blood crying for vengeance, as would be the case if such a man's blood was shed as before described; it seems as if the guilt would rather affect the whole land, for not having a proper provision of "asylums" for such persons, than the avenger of blood. 19:1-13 Here is the law settled between the blood of the murdered, and the blood of the murderer; provision is made, that the cities of refuge should be a protection, so that a man should not die for that as a crime, which was not his willing act. In Christ, the Lord our Righteousness, refuge is provided for those who by faith flee unto him. But there is no refuge in Jesus Christ for presumptuous sinners, who go on still in their trespasses. Those who flee to Christ from their sins, shall be safe in him, but not those who expect to be sheltered by him in their sins.



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