Proverbs 28:17
New International Version
Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

New Living Translation
A murderer's tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don't protect him!

English Standard Version
If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death; let no one help him.

Berean Study Bible
A man burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Someone burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him.

Contemporary English Version
Don't give help to murderers! Make them stay on the run for as long as they live.

Good News Translation
Someone guilty of murder is digging his own grave as fast as he can. Don't try to stop him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him.

International Standard Version
A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.

NET Bible
The one who is tormented by the murder of another will flee to the pit; let no one support him.

New Heart English Bible
A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; no one will support him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A son of man that is guilty of the blood of a soul will flee unto the elected ones and they will not help him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person burdened with the guilt of murder will be a fugitive down to his grave. No one will help him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man that is laden with the blood of any person Shall hasten his steps unto the pit; none will support him.

New American Standard 1977
A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee all the way to the grave, and no one shall sustain him.

King James 2000 Bible
A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to a pit; let no man help him.

American King James Version
A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

American Standard Version
A man that is laden with the blood of any person Shall flee unto the pit; let no man stay him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that doth violence to the blood of a person, if he flee even to the pit, no man will stay him.

Darby Bible Translation
A man laden with the blood of [any] person, fleeth to the pit: let no man stay him.

English Revised Version
A man that is laden with the blood of any person shall flee unto the pit; let no man stay him.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee 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.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Boldness of the Righteous
16A leader who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, but he who hates dishonest profit will prolong his days. 17A man burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him. 18He who walks with integrity will be delivered, but whoever is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:6
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.

Exodus 21:14
But if a man schemes and acts willfully against his neighbor to kill him, you must take him away from My altar to be put to death.

Proverbs 6:17
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Jeremiah 41:15
But Ishmael son of Nethaniah and eight of his men escaped from Johanan and went to the Ammonites.

Treasury of Scripture

A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

Genesis 9:6 Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in …

Exodus 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously on his neighbor, to slay him with …

Numbers 35:14 You shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities …

1 Kings 21:19,23 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you …

2 Kings 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of …

2 Chronicles 24:21-25 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the …

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. …

Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, …







Lexicon
A man
אָ֭דָם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

burdened
עָשֻׁ֣ק (‘ā·šuq)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6231: To press upon, oppress, defraud, violate, overflow

by bloodguilt
בְּדַם־ (bə·ḏam-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

will be a fugitive
יָ֝נ֗וּס (yā·nūs)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5127: To flit, vanish away

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

death;
בּ֥וֹר (bō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 953: A pit, cistern, well

let no one
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

support
יִתְמְכוּ־ (yiṯ·mə·ḵū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8551: To sustain, to obtain, keep fast, to help, follow close

him.
בֽוֹ׃ (ḇōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew
(17) A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person.--Rather, that is burdened with his blood, has wilfully murdered any one.

Shall flee to the pit.--Fulfilling the curse of Genesis 9:6.

Let no man stay him--i.e., attempt to rescue him from the punishment he has deserved.

Verse 17. - A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit. This should be, a man oppressed (Isaiah 38:14), burdened, with the blood of anyone. The wilful murderer, with his guilt upon his soul, flies in vain from remorse; his crime pursues him even to the grave. For inadvertent manslaughter the cities of refuge offered an asylum, but for deliberate murder there was no safe refuge, either from the stings of conscience or from the avenger of blood, but death. The homicide, like Cain (Genesis 4:14), must be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth. "Pit" (bor), some take to mean any hiding place, "a cave, or well;" but it is very commonly found in the sense of sepulchre (Psalm 28:1; Isaiah 14:19, etc.), and is so explained here by most commentators. Let no man stay him. We had in Proverbs 24:11, etc., an injunction to save human life; but the case was quite different from this of wilful murder. Here it is directed that no one attempt to save him from the punishment which he has incurred, or to comfort him under the remorse which he suffers. Let him be left alone to meet the fate which he has merited. The LXX. gives a different idea to the gnome, "He who becomes bail for a man charged with murder shall be banished and shall not be in safety." They add a verse which we shall meet again, almost in the same words (Proverbs 29:17, 18), "Chasten thy son, and he will love thee, and will give honour to thy soul; he shall not obey a sinful nation." 28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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