Numbers 35:31
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New International Version
"'Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.

New Living Translation
Also, you must never accept a ransom payment for the life of someone judged guilty of murder and subject to execution; murderers must always be put to death.

English Standard Version
Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.

New American Standard Bible
'Moreover, you shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.

King James Bible
Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of killing someone; he must be put to death.

International Standard Version
You are to receive no ransom for the life of a killer who is guilty of murder; instead, he is to die.

NET Bible
Moreover, you must not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death; he must surely be put to death.

New Heart English Bible
"'Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Never accept a cash payment in exchange for the life of a convicted murderer who has been given the death penalty. Murderers must be put to death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death.

New American Standard 1977
‘Moreover, you shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall be surely put to death.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

American King James Version
Moreover you shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

American Standard Version
Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
31You shall not take money of him that is guilty of blood, but he shall die forthwith.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall certainly be put to death.

English Revised Version
Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a manslayer, which is guilty of death: but he shall surely be put to death.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

World English Bible
"'Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death.

Young's Literal Translation
And ye take no atonement for the life of a murderer who is condemned -- to die, for he is certainly put to death;
Study Bible
Six Cities of Refuge
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. 31Moreover, you shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death. 32'You shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.…
Cross References
Leviticus 24:17
'If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.

Numbers 35:17
If 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.

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.

Numbers 35:32
'You shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.

Deuteronomy 27:24
'Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

2 Samuel 21:4
Then the Gibeonites said to him, "We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel." And he said, "I will do for you whatever you say."
Treasury of Scripture

Moreover you shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

moreover

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

Exodus 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously on his neighbor, to slay him with …

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

2 Samuel 12:13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan …

1 Kings 2:28-34 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though …

Psalm 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: …

guilty of death. Heb. faulty to die

(31, 32) Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer . . . --The Israelites were not allowed to make terms with the relatives of the man who had been slain, as is not unfrequently the case at the present time; nor were they permitted to allow the man who had slain any one unintentionally to return home from the city of refuge before the death of the high priest, on the payment of a sum of money by way of compensation.

Verse 31. - Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer. The passion for vengeance is both bad and good, and is therefore to be carefully purified and restrained; but when the desire for vengeance can be appeased by a money payment, it has become wholly bad, and is only a despicable form of covetousness which insults the justice it pretends to invoke. Such payments or "ransoms" are permitted by the Koran, and have been common among most semi-civilized peoples, notably amongst our old English ancestors. Moreover, ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer,.... Though he would give all his wealth and substance, all his estates and possessions, and whatever he is worth in the world; for all that a man has he will give for his life; but these are not to be taken, nor anything, and everything his friends may offer for him; all is to be rejected, the life of such a man is not to be saved on any consideration:

which is guilty of death; as he is who kills a man willingly and purposely; but one may be guilty of killing another, and yet not be deserving of death, when it is done ignorantly and accidentally with respect to him, for which reason this clause is added: but he shall be surely put to death; by the order of the civil magistrate; and if this is not done either through want of evidence, or the fault of the judge, or the criminal clemency of the chief governor, God sooner or later will take vengeance on such a person. 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.
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