Deuteronomy 27:24
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English Standard Version
“‘Cursed be anyone who strikes down his neighbor in secret.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

King James Bible
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

American Standard Version
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor in secret. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cursed be he that secretly killeth his neighbour: and all the people shall say: Amen.

English Revised Version
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour in secret. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly: and all the people shall say, Amen.

Deuteronomy 27:24 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Deuteronomy 27:15-26 there follow twelve curses, answering to the number of the tribes of Israel. The first is directed against those who make graven or molten images of Jehovah, and set them up in secret, that is to say, against secret breaches of the second commandment (Exodus 20:4); the second against contempt of, or want of reverence towards, parents (Exodus 21:17); the third against those who remove boundaries (Deuteronomy 19:14); the fourth against the man who leads the blind astray (Leviticus 19:14); the fifth against those who pervert the right of orphans and widows (Deuteronomy 24:17); the sixth against incest with a mother (Deuteronomy 23:1; Deuteronomy 18:8); the seventh against unnatural vices (Leviticus 18:23); the eighth and ninth against incest with a sister or a mother-in-law (Leviticus 18:9 and Leviticus 18:17); the tenth against secret murder (Exodus 20:13; Numbers 35:16.); the eleventh against judicial murder ("he that taketh reward to slay a soul, namely, innocent blood:" Exodus 23:7-8); the twelfth against the man who does not set up the words of this law to do them, who does not make the laws the model and standard of his life and conduct. From this last curse, which applied to every breach of the law, it evidently follows, that the different sins and transgressions already mentioned were only selected by way of example, and for the most part were such as could easily be concealed from the judicial authorities. At the same time, "the office of the law is shown in this last utterance, the summing up of all the rest, to have been pre-eminently to proclaim condemnation. Every conscious act of transgression subjects the sinner to the curse of God, from which none but He who has become a curse for us can possibly deliver us" (Galatians 3:10, Galatians 3:13. O. v. Gerlach). - On the reason why the blessings are not given, see the remarks on Deuteronomy 27:4. As the curses against particular transgressions of the law simply mention some peculiarly grievous sins by way of example, it would be easy to single out corresponding blessings from the general contents of the law: e.g., "Blessed be he who faithfully follows the Lord his God, or loves Him with the heart, who honours his father and his mother," etc.; and lastly, all the blessings of the law could be summed up in the words, "Blessed be he who setteth up the words of this law, to do them."

Deuteronomy 27:24 Parallel Commentaries

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Deuteronomy 19:11,12 But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die...

Exodus 20:13 You shall not kill.

Exodus 21:12-14 He that smites a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death...

Leviticus 24:17 And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death.

Numbers 35:31 Moreover you shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly...

2 Samuel 11:15-17 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire you from him...

2 Samuel 12:9-12 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? you have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword...

2 Samuel 13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Smite Amnon...

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him...

Cross References
Exodus 21:12
"Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death.

Leviticus 24:17
"Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.

Numbers 35:30
"If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Numbers 35:31
Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.

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