Numbers 35:32
New International Version
“’Do not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a city of refuge and so allow them to go back and live on their own land before the death of the high priest.

New Living Translation
And never accept a ransom payment from someone who has fled to a city of refuge, allowing a slayer to return to his property before the death of the high priest.

English Standard Version
And you shall accept no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the high priest.

Berean Study Bible
Nor should you accept a ransom for the person who flees to a city of refuge and allow him to return and live on his own land before the death of the high priest.

King James Bible
And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

New King James Version
And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest.

New American Standard Bible
And you shall not accept a ransom for one who has fled to his city of refuge, so that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.

NASB 1995
‘You shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.

NASB 1977
‘And you shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.

Amplified Bible
You shall not accept a ransom for him who has escaped to his city of refuge, so that he may return to live in his [own] land before the death of the high priest.

Christian Standard Bible
Neither should you accept a ransom for the person who flees to his city of refuge, allowing him to return and live in the land before the death of the high priest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Neither should you accept a ransom for the person who flees to his city of refuge, allowing him to return and live in the land before the death of the high priest.”

American Standard Version
And ye shall take no ransom for him that is fled to his city of refuge, that he may come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you shall not accept a bribe that he may flee to a city of refuge and go and dwell in the land until the Great Priest would die.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye shall not accept a ransom to excuse his fleeing to the city of refuge, so that he should again dwell in the land, until the death of the high-priest.

Contemporary English Version
And if you have been proven innocent of murder and are living in a Safe Town, you cannot pay to go back home; you must stay there until the high priest dies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The banished and fugitives before the death of the high priest may by no means return into their own cities.

Good News Translation
If they have fled to a city of refuge, do not allow them to make a payment in order to return home before the death of the High Priest.

International Standard Version
You are not to receive payment of a ransom for someone who had fled to a town of refuge but then left to live in his homeland before the death of the high priest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And ye shall take no ransom for him that is fled to his city of refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

Literal Standard Version
and you take no atonement for him [who had] to flee to the city of his refuge, to return to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

New American Bible
Nor will you accept compensation to allow one who has fled to a city of asylum to return to live in the land before the death of the high priest.

NET Bible
And you must not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a town of refuge, to allow him to return home and live on his own land before the death of the high priest.

New Revised Standard Version
Nor shall you accept ransom for one who has fled to a city of refuge, enabling the fugitive to return to live in the land before the death of the high priest.

New Heart English Bible
"'You shall take no ransom for him who is fled to his city of refuge, that he may come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

World English Bible
"'You shall take no ransom for him who is fled to his city of refuge, that he may come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye take no atonement for him to flee unto the city of his refuge, to turn back to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Six Cities of Refuge
31You are not to accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who deserves to die; he must surely be put to death. 32Nor should you accept a ransom for the person who flees to a city of refuge and allow him to return and live on his own land before the death of the high priest. 33Do 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.…

Cross References
Numbers 35:31
You are not to accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who deserves to die; he must surely be put to death.

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.

2 Samuel 21:4
The Gibeonites said to him, "We need no silver or gold from Saul or his house, nor should you put to death anyone in Israel for us." "Whatever you ask, I will do for you," he replied.


Treasury of Scripture

And you shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Galatians 2:21
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Galatians 3:10-13,22
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them…











Verse 32. - That he should come again to dwell in the land. No one might buy off the enmity of the avenger before the appointed time, for that would give an unjust advantage to wealth, and would make the whole matter mercenary and vulgar.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Nor
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

should you accept
תִקְח֣וּ (ṯiq·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

a ransom
כֹ֔פֶר (ḵō·p̄er)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3724: A cover, a village, bitumen, the henna plant, a redemption-price

for the person who flees
לָנ֖וּס (lā·nūs)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

a city
עִ֣יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of refuge
מִקְלָט֑וֹ (miq·lā·ṭōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4733: Refuge, asylum

and allow him to return
לָשׁוּב֙ (lā·šūḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

and live
לָשֶׁ֣בֶת (lā·še·ḇeṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

on his own land
בָּאָ֔רֶץ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

before
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the death
מ֖וֹת (mō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

of the high priest.
הַכֹּהֵֽן׃ (hak·kō·hên)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3548: Priest


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