Deuteronomy 21:7
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New International Version
and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.

New Living Translation
Then they must say, 'Our hands did not shed this person's blood, nor did we see it happen.

English Standard Version
and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed.

New American Standard Bible
and they shall answer and say, 'Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

King James Bible
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will declare, 'Our hands did not shed this blood; our eyes did not see it.

International Standard Version
and they are to make this declaration: 'Our hands didn't shed this blood, nor were we witnesses to the crime.

NET Bible
Then they must proclaim, "Our hands have not spilled this blood, nor have we witnessed the crime.

New Heart English Bible
and they shall answer and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they must make this formal statement: "We didn't commit this murder, and we didn't witness it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall speak and say: 'Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

New American Standard 1977
and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

American King James Version
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

American Standard Version
and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And shall say: Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

Darby Bible Translation
and shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

English Revised Version
and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

World English Bible
and they shall answer and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have answered and said, Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes have not seen --
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
6"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7and they shall answer and say, 'Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it. 8'Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be forgiven them.…
Cross References
Numbers 35:33
'So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.

Deuteronomy 21:6
"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Deuteronomy 21:8
'Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be forgiven them.
Treasury of Scripture

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