Deuteronomy 21:6
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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,

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:

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;

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,

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:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Only the trees which thou knowest that they are not trees of eating (i.e., do not bear edible fruits), mayest thou hew down, and build a rampart against the town till it come down," i.e., fall down from its eminence. For ירד as applied to the falling or sinking of lofty fortifications, see Deuteronomy 28:52; Isaiah 32:19. מצור, compressing or forcing down; hence, as applied to towns, במּצור בּוא, to come into siege, i.e., to be besieged (Deuteronomy 20:19; 2 Kings 24:10; 2 Kings 25:2). In Deuteronomy 20:20 it is used to denote the object, viz., the means of hemming in a town, i.e., the besieging rampart (cf. Ezekiel 4:2).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

wash their hands Washing the hands was anciently a symbolical action, denoting that the person was innocent of the crime in question.

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 you me from secret faults.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 51:2,7,14 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin...

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Jeremiah 2:22 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me, said the Lord GOD.

Matthew 27:24,25 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water...

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Cross References
Matthew 27:24
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."

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

2 Samuel 3:29
May it fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father's house, and may the house of Joab never be without one who has a discharge or who is leprous or who holds a spindle or who falls by the sword or who lacks bread!"

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