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

New Living Translation
Then they must say, ‘Our hands did not shed this person’s blood, nor did we see it happen.

English Standard Version
and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed.

Berean Study Bible
and they shall declare, “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

King James Bible
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

New King James Version
Then they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it.

New American Standard Bible
and they shall respond and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see who did.

NASB 1995
and they shall answer and say, 'Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

NASB 1977
and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

Amplified Bible
and they shall respond, and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

Christian Standard Bible
They will declare, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood; our eyes did not see it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will declare, 'Our hands did not shed this blood; our eyes did not see it.

American Standard Version
and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall answer and they shall say: 'Our hand has not shed this blood and our eyes have not seen.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes have not seen it.

Contemporary English Version
and say, "We had no part in this murder, and we don't know who did it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And shall say: Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.

English Revised Version
and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Good News Translation
and say, 'We did not murder this one, and we do not know who did it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they must make this formal statement: "We didn't commit this murder, and we didn't witness it.

International Standard Version
and they are to make this declaration: 'Our hands didn't shed this blood, nor were we witnesses to the crime.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall speak and say: 'Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Literal Standard Version
and they have answered and said, Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes have not seen—

NET Bible
Then they must proclaim, "Our hands have not spilled this blood, nor have we witnessed the crime.

New Heart English Bible
and they shall answer and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

World English Bible
and they shall answer and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have answered and said, Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes have not seen --

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Atonement for an Unsolved Murder
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. 8Accept 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.…

Cross References
Numbers 35:33
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.

Deuteronomy 21:6
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,

Deuteronomy 21:8
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.


Treasury of Scripture

And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Numbers 5:19-28
And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse: …

2 Samuel 16:8
The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

Job 21:21-23
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst? …









Verses 7, 8. - This act they were to accompany with a solemn declaration of their innocence of this crime, and of their entire ignorance of the perpetrator of it; and with an earnest cry to God that the sin which had been done might be forgiven. Be merciful... unto; be propitiated towards (literally, cover, כַּפֵּר לְעַמְך; for the phrase, כַּפֵר לְ, see Leviticus 1:4). And lay not innocent blood; the blood of the innocent man who has been slain.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
and they shall declare,
וְעָנ֖וּ (wə·‘ā·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

“Our hands
יָדֵ֗ינוּ (yā·ḏê·nū)
Noun - fdc | first person common plural
Strong's 3027: A hand

did not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

shed
שָֽׁפְכוּ֙ (šā·p̄ə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 8210: To spill forth, to expend, to sprawl out

this
הַזֶּ֔ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

blood,
הַדָּ֣ם (had·dām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

nor did
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

our eyes
וְעֵינֵ֖ינוּ (wə·‘ê·nê·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - cdc | first person common plural
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

see it.
רָאֽוּ׃ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7200: To see


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