|New International Version (© 2011)|
"If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;
King James Bible
If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
American Standard Version
If the thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dieth, there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him.
Young's Literal Translation
'If in the breaking through, the thief is found, and he hath been smitten, and hath died, there is no blood for him;
Exodus 22:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a thief be found - If a thief was found breaking into a house in the night season, he might be killed; but not if the sun had risen, for then he might be known and taken, and the restitution made which is mentioned in the succeeding verse. So by the law of England it is a burglary to break and enter a house by night; and "anciently the day was accounted to begin only from sunrising, and to end immediately upon sunset: but it is now generally agreed that if there be daylight enough begun or left, either by the light of the sun or twilight, whereby the countenance of a person may reasonably be discerned, it is no burglary; but that this does not extend to moonlight, for then many midnight burglaries would go unpunished. And besides, the malignity of the offense does not so properly arise, as Mr. Justice Blackstone observes, from its being done in the dark, as at the dead of night when all the creation except beasts of prey are at rest; when sleep has disarmed the owner, and rendered his castle defenceless." - East's Pleas of the Crown, vol. ii., p. 509.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job 24:14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
Job 30:5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood...
Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run on the wall, they shall climb up on the houses...
Matthew 6:19,20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal...
Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the manager of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched...
1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
Numbers 35:27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer...
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Matthew 6:19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Matthew 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
1 Peter 4:15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
Job 24:16 In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.
Jeremiah 2:34 On your clothes is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this