Deuteronomy 21:1
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New International Version
If someone 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 the killer was,

New Living Translation
"When you are in the land the LORD your God is giving you, someone may be found murdered in a field, and you don't know who committed the murder.

English Standard Version
“If in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him,

New American Standard Bible
"If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, and it is not known who has struck him,

King James Bible
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a murder victim is found lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,

International Standard Version
"If a murder victim is found fallen in the open country of the land that the LORD your God is about to give you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,

NET Bible
If a homicide victim should be found lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you, and no one knows who killed him,

New Heart English Bible
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn't known who has struck him;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what you must do if you find a murder victim lying in a field in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. If no one knows who committed the murder,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him;

New American Standard 1977
“If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, and it is not known who has struck him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When one is found dead in the land which the LORD thy God gives thee to inherit, lying in the field, and it is not known who has slain him,

King James 2000 Bible
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, lying in the field, and it is not known who has slain him:

American King James Version
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who has slain him:

American Standard Version
If one be found slain in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
When there shall be found in the land, which the Lord thy God will give thee, the corpse of a man slain, and it is not known who is guilty of the murder,

Darby Bible Translation
If one be found slain in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess, lying in the field, [and] it be not known who hath smitten him,

English Revised Version
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him:

Webster's Bible Translation
If one shall be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:

World English Bible
If one be found slain in the land which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn't known who has struck him;

Young's Literal Translation
'When one is found slain on the ground which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee to possess it -- fallen in a field -- it is not known who hath smitten him,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:1-9 If a murderer could not be found out, great solemnity is provided for putting away the guilt from the land, as an expression of dread and detesting of that sin. The providence of God has often wonderfully brought to light these hidden works of darkness, and the sin of the guilty has often strangely found them out. The dread of murder should be deeply impressed upon every heart, and all should join in detecting and punishing those who are guilty. The elders were to profess that they had not been any way aiding or abetting the sin. The priests were to pray to God for the country and nation, that God would be merciful. We must empty that measure by our prayers, which others are filling by their sins. All would be taught by this solemnity, to use the utmost care and diligence to prevent, discover, and punish murder. We may all learn from hence to take heed of partaking in other men's sins. And we have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, if we do not reprove them.
Study Bible
The Atonement for an Unsolved Murder
1"If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, and it is not known who has struck him, 2then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.…
Cross References
Genesis 4:10
He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.

Deuteronomy 19:10
"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.

Deuteronomy 20:20
"Only the trees which you know are not fruit trees you shall destroy and cut down, that you may construct siegeworks against the city that is making war with you until it falls.

Deuteronomy 21:2
then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.
Treasury of Scripture

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