Genesis 9:6
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New International Version
"Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

New Living Translation
If anyone takes a human life, that person's life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image.

English Standard Version
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.

King James Bible
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in His image.

International Standard Version
"Whoever sheds human blood, by a human his own blood is to be shed; because God made human beings in his own image.

NET Bible
"Whoever sheds human blood, by other humans must his blood be shed; for in God's image God has made humankind."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever sheds human blood, by humans his blood will be shed, because in the image of God, God made humans.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whoever sheds man's blood in man, his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God is man made.

King James 2000 Bible
Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

American King James Version
Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

American Standard Version
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God made he man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso sheddeth Man's blood, by Man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God he hath made Man.

English Revised Version
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

World English Bible
Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image.

Young's Literal Translation
whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man is his blood shed: for in the image of God hath He made man.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:4-7 The main reason of forbidding the eating of blood, doubtless was because the shedding of blood in sacrifices was to keep the worshippers in mind of the great atonement; yet it seems intended also to check cruelty, lest men, being used to shed and feed upon the blood of animals, should grow unfeeling to them, and be less shocked at the idea of shedding human blood. Man must not take away his own life. Our lives are God's, and we must only give them up when he pleases. If we in any way hasten our own death, we are accountable to God for it. When God requires the life of a man from him that took it away unjustly, the murderer cannot render that, and therefore must render his own instead. One time or other, in this world or in the next, God will discover murders, and punish those murders which are beyond man's power to punish. But there are those who are ministers of God to protect the innocent, by being a terror to evil-doers, and they must not bear the sword in vain, Ro 13:4. Wilful murder ought always to be punished with death. To this law there is a reason added. Such remains of God's image are still upon fallen man, that he who unjustly kills a man, defaces the image of God, and does dishonour to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Whoso sheddeth. Literally, he shedding, i.e. willfully and unwarrantably; and not simply accidentally, for which kind of manslaughter the law afterwards provided (vide Numbers 35:11); or judicially, for that is commanded by the present statute. Man's blood. Literally, blood of the man, human blood. By man. Not openly and directly by God, but by man himself, acting of course as God's instrument and agent - an instruction which involved the setting up of the magisterial office, by whom the sword might be borne ("Hic igitur fens est, ex quo manat totum jus civile etjus gentium." - Luther. Cf. Numbers 35:29-31; Romans 13:4), and equally laid a basis for the law of the goel subsequently established in Israel (Deuteronomy 19:6; Joshua 20:3). The Chaldee paraphrases, "with witnesses by sentence of the judges." The LXX. substitutes for "by man" ἀντὶ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ ( an interpretation followed by Professor Lewis, who quotes Jona ben Gannach in its support, Shall. Not merely a permission legalizing, but an imperative command enjoining, capital punishment, the reason for which follows. For in the image of God made he man. To apply this to the magistracy (Bush, Murphy, Keil), who are sometimes in Scripture styled Elohim (Psalm 82:6), and the ministers of God (Romans 13:4), and who may be said to have been made in the Divine image in the sense of being endowed with the capacity of ruling and judging, seems forced and unnatural; the clause obviously assigns the original dignity of man (cf. Genesis 1:28) as the reason why the murderer cannot be suffered to escape (Calvin, Poole, Alford, 'Speaker's Commentary,' Candlish, Lange)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed,.... That is, he that is guilty of wilful murder shall surely be put to death by the order of the civil magistrate; so the Targum of Jonathan,"by witnesses the judges shall condemn him to death,''that is, the fact being clearly proved by witnesses, the judges shall condemn"him to death,''that is, the fact being clearly proved by witnesses, the judges shall pass the sentence of death upon him, and execute it; for this is but the law of retaliation, a just and equitable one, blood for blood, or life for life; though it seems to be the first law of this kind that empowered the civil magistrate to take away life; God, as it is thought, reserving the right and power to himself before, and which, for some reasons, he thought fit not to make use of in the case of Cain, whom he only banished, and suffered not others to take away his life, but now enacts a law, requiring judges to punish murder with death: and which, according to this law, ought never to go unpunished, or have a lesser punishment inflicted for it: the reason follows:

for in the image of God made he man; which, though sadly defaced and obliterated by sin, yet there are such remains of it, as render him more especially the object of the care and providence of God, and give him a superiority to other creatures; and particularly this image, among others, consists in immortality, which the taking away of his life may seem to contradict; however, it is what no man has a right to do.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood … for in the image of God made he man—It is true that image has been injured by the fall, but it is not lost. In this view, a high value is attached to the life of every man, even the poorest and humblest, and an awful criminality is involved in the destruction of it.

Genesis 9:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Covenant of the Rainbow
5"Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man. 6"Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. 7"As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."…
Cross References
Matthew 26:52
"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

1 Corinthians 11:7
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

Revelation 13:10
"If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed." This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God's people.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 42:22
Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood."

Exodus 20:13
"You shall not murder.

Exodus 21:12
"Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

Leviticus 24:17
"'Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.

Numbers 35:33
"'Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Deuteronomy 5:17
"You shall not murder.

Judges 9:56
Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers.

1 Samuel 15:33
But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women." And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.

1 Kings 2:32
The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them--Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army--were better men and more upright than he.

2 Kings 11:16
So they seized her as she reached the place where the horses enter the palace grounds, and there she was put to death.

Proverbs 28:17
Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

Ecclesiastes 3:3
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
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