Deuteronomy 21:6
New International Version
Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,

New Living Translation
"The elders of the town must wash their hands over the young cow whose neck was broken.

English Standard Version
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,

Berean Study Bible
Then all the elders of the city nearest the victim shall wash their hands by the stream over the heifer whose neck has been broken,

New American Standard Bible
"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

King James Bible
And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

Christian Standard Bible
All the elders of the city nearest to the victim will wash their hands by the stream over the young cow whose neck has been broken.

Contemporary English Version
The town leaders will wash their hands over the body of the dead cow

Good News Translation
Then all the leaders from the town nearest the place where the murdered person was found are to wash their hands over the cow

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the elders of the city nearest to the victim will wash their hands by the stream over the young cow whose neck has been broken.

International Standard Version
All the elders of the city nearest the dead body are to wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,

NET Bible
and all the elders of that city nearest the corpse must wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley.

New Heart English Bible
All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the leaders from the city which was nearest the murder victim must wash their hands over the dead heifer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley.

New American Standard 1977
“And all the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all the elders of that closest city next to the dead man shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the elders of that city, that are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley:

American King James Version
And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

American Standard Version
And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And all the elders of that city who draw nigh to the slain man shall wash their hands over the head of the heifer which was slain in the valley;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the ancients of that city shall come to the person slain, and shall wash their hands over the heifer that was killed in the valley,

Darby Bible Translation
And all the elders of that city, that are nearest unto him that is slain, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck is broken in the watercourse,

English Revised Version
and all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley:

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the elders of that city that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

World English Bible
All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Young's Literal Translation
and all the elders of that city, who are near unto the slain one, do wash their hands over the heifer which is beheaded in the valley,
Study Bible
The Atonement for an Unsolved Murder
5And the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His name and to give a ruling in every dispute and case of assault. 6Then all the elders of the city nearest the victim shall wash their hands by the stream over the heifer whose neck has been broken, 7and they shall declare, “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.…
Cross References
Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but that instead a riot was breaking out, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "You shall bear the responsibility."

Deuteronomy 21:7
and they shall declare, "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

2 Samuel 3:29
May it whirl over the heads of Joab and the entire house of his father, and may the house of Joab never be without one having a discharge or skin disease or who leans on a staff or falls by the sword or starves."

Treasury of Scripture

And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

Job 9:30
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Psalm 19:12
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psalm 26:6
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:







Lexicon
Then all
וְכֹ֗ל (wə·ḵōl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the elders
זִקְנֵי֙ (ziq·nê)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2205: Old

of the city
הָעִ֣יר (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

nearest
הַקְּרֹבִ֖ים (haq·qə·rō·ḇîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7138: Near

the victim
הֶחָלָ֑ל (he·ḥā·lāl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2491: Pierced, polluted

shall wash
יִרְחֲצוּ֙ (yir·ḥă·ṣū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7364: To wash, wash off or away, bathe

their hands
יְדֵיהֶ֔ם (yə·ḏê·hem)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

by the stream
בַנָּֽחַל׃ (ḇan·nā·ḥal)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the heifer
הָעֶגְלָ֖ה (hā·‘eḡ·lāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5697: A, calf, one nearly grown

whose neck has been broken,
הָעֲרוּפָ֥ה (hā·‘ă·rū·p̄āh)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6202: To break the neck, to destroy
Verse 6. - The elders of that city. The elders, by the significant act of washing their hands, indicated that they threw off from them, utterly repudiated, the charge of blood-guiltiness on the part of the town which they represented (cf. Psalm 26:6; Psalm 73:13; Matthew 27:24). 21:1-9 If a murderer could not be found out, great solemnity is provided for putting away the guilt from the land, as an expression of dread and detesting of that sin. The providence of God has often wonderfully brought to light these hidden works of darkness, and the sin of the guilty has often strangely found them out. The dread of murder should be deeply impressed upon every heart, and all should join in detecting and punishing those who are guilty. The elders were to profess that they had not been any way aiding or abetting the sin. The priests were to pray to God for the country and nation, that God would be merciful. We must empty that measure by our prayers, which others are filling by their sins. All would be taught by this solemnity, to use the utmost care and diligence to prevent, discover, and punish murder. We may all learn from hence to take heed of partaking in other men's sins. And we have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, if we do not reprove them.
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