Do not pollute the land where you live, for bloodshed pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land on which the blood is shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
Cross ReferencesGenesis 4:10
"What have you done?" replied the LORD. "The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.
Nor should you accept a ransom for the person who flees to a city of refuge and allow him to return and live on his own land before the death of the high priest.
Thus innocent blood will not be shed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.
and they shall declare, "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.
Accept this atonement, O LORD, for Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, and do not hold the shedding of innocent blood against them." And the bloodshed will be atoned for.
in order that the crime against the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come to justice and their blood be avenged on their brother Abimelech and on the leaders of Shechem, who had helped him murder his brothers.
1 Kings 2:31
And the king replied, "Do just as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so remove from me and from the house of my father the innocent blood that Joab shed.
They shed innocent blood--the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.
The earth is defiled by its people; they have transgressed the laws; they have overstepped the decrees and broken the everlasting covenant.
And I will first repay them double their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and they have filled My inheritance with their abominations."
But know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves, on this city, and on its residents; for truly the LORD has sent me to speak all these words in your hearing."
Chapter Outline1. Forty-eight cities for the Levites, with their suburbs, and measure thereof
6. Six of them are to be cities of refuge
9. The laws of murder and manslaughter
31. No satisfaction for murder
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Deuteronomy 21:1-8, 23
2 Kings 23:26
2 Kings 24:4
Hosea 4:2, 3
Luke 11:50, 51
the land cannot be cleansed.
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