Deuteronomy 19:18
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English Standard Version
The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely,

King James Bible
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

American Standard Version
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and have testified falsely against his brother;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when after most diligent inquisition, they shall find that the false witness hath told a lie against his brother:

English Revised Version
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and behold, if the witness is a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But whatever care was to be taken by means of free cities to prevent the shedding of blood, the cities of refuge were not to be asyla for criminals who were deserving of death, nor to afford protection to those who had slain a neighbour out of hatred. If such murderers should flee to the free city, the elders (magistrates) of his own town were to fetch him out, and deliver him up to the avenger of blood, that he might die. The law laid down in Numbers 35:16-21 is here still more minutely defined; but this does not transfer to the elders the duty of instituting a judicial inquiry, and deciding the matter, as Riehm follows Vater and De Wette in maintaining, for the purpose of proving that there is a discrepancy between Deuteronomy and the previous legislation. They are simply commanded to perform the duty devolving upon them as magistrates and administrators of local affairs. (On Deuteronomy 19:13, see Deuteronomy 8:8 and Deuteronomy 8:5.)

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Deuteronomy 13:14 Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain...

Deuteronomy 17:4 And it be told you, and you have heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain...

2 Chronicles 19:6,7 And said to the judges, Take heed what you do: for you judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment...

Job 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:1
"If there is a dispute between men and they come into court and the judges decide between them, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty,

Psalm 27:12
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.

Daniel 6:24
And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions--they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

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