Numbers 35:16
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New International Version
"'If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.

New Living Translation
"But if someone strikes and kills another person with a piece of iron, it is murder, and the murderer must be executed.

English Standard Version
“But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.

New American Standard Bible
'But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

King James Bible
And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone strikes a person with an iron object and death results, he is a murderer; the murderer must be put to death.

International Standard Version
"Whoever uses an iron implement to kill someone is to be adjudged a murderer, and that murderer is certainly to be put to death.

NET Bible
"But if he hits someone with an iron tool so that he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer must surely be put to death.

New Heart English Bible
"'But if he struck him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But if any of you uses an iron weapon to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if he smote him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

New American Standard 1977
‘But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if he smites him with an instrument of iron so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

King James 2000 Bible
But if he strikes him with an instrument of iron, so that he dies, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

American King James Version
And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

American Standard Version
But if he smote him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man strike with iron, and he die that was struck : he shall be guilty of murder, and he himself shall die.

Darby Bible Translation
And if he have smitten him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall certainly be put to death.

English Revised Version
But if he smote him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a manslayer: the manslayer shall surely be put to death.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if he shall smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he shall die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

World English Bible
"'But if he struck him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

Young's Literal Translation
And if with an instrument of iron he hath smitten him, and he dieth, he is a murderer: the murderer is certainly put to death.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
35:9-34 To show plainly the abhorrence of murder, and to provide the more effectually for the punishment of the murderer, the nearest relation of the deceased, under the title of avenger of blood, (or the redeemer of blood,) in notorious cases, might pursue, and execute vengeance. A distinction is made, not between sudden anger and malice aforethought, both which are the crime of murder; but between intentionally striking a man with any weapon likely to cause death, and an unintentional blow. In the latter case alone, the city of refuge afforded protection. Murder in all its forms, and under all disguises, pollutes a land. Alas! that so many murders, under the name of duels, prize-fights, etc. should pass unpunished. There were six cities of refuge; one or other might be reached in less than a day's journey from any part of the land. To these, man-slayers might flee for refuge, and be safe, till they had a fair trial. If acquitted from the charge, they were protected from the avenger of blood; yet they must continue within the bounds of the city till the death of the high priest. Thus we are reminded that the death of the great High Priest is the only means whereby sins are pardoned, and sinners set at liberty. These cities are plainly alluded to, both in the Old and New Testament, we cannot doubt the typical character of their appointment. Turn ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope, saith the voice of mercy, Zec 9:12, alluding to the city of refuge. St. Paul describes the strong consolation of fleeing for refuge to the hope set before us, in a passage always applied to the gracious appointment of the cities of refuge, Heb 6:18. The rich mercies of salvation, through Christ, prefigured by these cities, demand our regard. 1. Did the ancient city rear its towers of safety on high? See Christ raised up on the cross; and is he not exalted at the right hand of his Father, to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins? 2. Does not the highway of salvation, resemble the smooth and plain path to the city of refuge? Survey the path that leads to the Redeemer. Is there any stumbling-block to be found therein, except that which an evil heart of unbelief supplies for its own fall? 3. Waymarks were set up pointing to the city. And is it not the office of the ministers of the gospel to direct sinners to Him? 4. The gate of the city stood open night and day. Has not Christ declared, Him that cometh unto me I will in nowise cast out? 5. The city of refuge afforded support to every one who entered its walls. Those who have reached the refuge, may live by faith on Him whose flesh is meat indeed, and whose blood is drink indeed. 6. The city was a refuge for all. In the gospel there is no respect of persons. That soul lives not which deserves not Divine wrath; that soul lives not which may not in simple faith hope for salvation and life eternal, through the Son of God.
Study Bible
Six Cities of Refuge
15'These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there. 16But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. 17If he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which he will die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.…
Cross References
Exodus 21:12
"He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

Exodus 21:14
"If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.

Leviticus 24:17
'If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.

Numbers 35:30
'If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Deuteronomy 19:11
"But if there is a man who hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him and rises up against him and strikes him so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities,
Treasury of Scripture

And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

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Numbers 35:22-24 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast on him …

Deuteronomy 19:11-13 But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise …

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Numbers 35:30-33 Whoever kills any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the …

Genesis 9:5,6 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of …

Exodus 21:12-14 He that smites a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death…

Leviticus 24:17 And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death.

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