New American Standard Bible
A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
King James Bible
A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
Darby Bible Translation
A man laden with the blood of any person, fleeth to the pit: let no man stay him.
World English Bible
A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; no one will support him.
Young's Literal Translation
A man oppressed with the blood of a soul, Unto the pit fleeth, none taketh hold on him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The case of willful murder, not the lesser crime of manslaughter for which the cities of refuge were appointed. One, with that guilt on his soul, is simply hasting on to his own destruction. Those who see him must simply stand aloof, and let God's judgments fulfill themselves.
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13. The conditions of obtaining mercy of God are simple and just and reasonable. The Lord does not require us to do some grievous thing in order that we may have the forgiveness of sin. We need not make long and wearisome pilgrimages, or perform painful penances, to commend our souls to the God of heaven or to expiate our transgression; but he that confesseth and forsaketh his sin …
Ellen Gould White—Steps to Christ
"Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.
"If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the sons of Ammon.
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