Deuteronomy 21:2
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New International Version
your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.

New Living Translation
In such a case, your elders and judges must measure the distance from the site of the crime to the nearby towns.

English Standard Version
then your elders and your judges shall come out, and they shall measure the distance to the surrounding cities.

New American Standard Bible
then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.

King James Bible
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
your elders and judges must come out and measure the distance from the victim to the nearby cities.

International Standard Version
then let your elders and judges go out and measure the distance from the dead body to the neighboring cities.

NET Bible
your elders and judges must go out and measure how far it is to the cities in the vicinity of the corpse.

New Heart English Bible
then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are around him who is slain:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
your leaders and judges must go and measure the distance from the body to each of the neighboring cities.

JPS Tanakh 1917
then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain.

New American Standard 1977
then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is dead;

King James 2000 Bible
Then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

American King James Version
Then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are round about him that is slain:

American Standard Version
then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy ancients and judges shall go out, and shall measure from the place where the body lieth the distance of every city round about:

Darby Bible Translation
then thine elders and thy judges shall go forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain;

English Revised Version
then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are around him that is slain:

World English Bible
then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are around him who is slain:

Young's Literal Translation
then have thine elders and thy judges gone out and measured unto the cities which are round about the slain one,
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. 3"It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:1
"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,

Deuteronomy 21:3
"It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;
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Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth,.... From the city or cities near to which the murder was committed, to make inquiry about it, and expiation for it; so Aben Ezra interprets it of the elders of the cities near, but others understand it of the elders of the great sanhedrim at Jerusalem; so the Targum of Jonathan,"then shall go out from the great sanhedrim two of thy wise men, and three of thy judges;''and more expressly the Misnah (l),"three go out from the great sanhedrim in Jerusalem;''R. Judah says five,"it is said "thy elders" two, and "thy judges" two,''and there is no sanhedrim or court of judicature equal (or even), therefore they add to them one more:

and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain; that is, from the place where the slain lies, as Jarchi rightly interprets it; on all sides of it, from the four corner's, as the Targum of Jonathan, the cities round about the slain. Maimonides (m) says, they do not behead the heifer for, nor measure, but to a city in which there is a sanhedrim: if it is found between two cities (that is, at an equal distance), both bring two heifers (Maimonides (n) says they bring one between them, which is most reasonable); but the city of Jerusalem does not bring an heifer to be beheaded: the reason is, because it was not divided to the tribes (o). This measuring, one would think, should be only necessary when it was not certain which was the nearest city; and yet Maimonides (p) says, even when it was found on the side of a city, which was certainly known to be nearest, they measured; the command, he observes, is to measure.

(l) Sotah, c. 9. sect. 1.((m) Hilchot Rotzeach, c. 9. sect. 4. (n) Ib. sect. 8. (o) Maimon Hilchot Rotzeachs, c. 9. sect. 8. (p) lb. c. 9. sect. 1.21:1-9 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.
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