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Exodus 21:15

“ And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall bee surely put to death.”

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Other Translations

And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
- King James Version

"He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.
- Basic English Bible

And he that striketh his father, or his mother, shall certainly be put to death.
- Darby Bible

And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
- Webster's Bible

Anyone who attacks his father or his mother shall be surely put to death.
- World English Bible

`And he who smiteth his father or his mother is certainly put to death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Exodus 21

  • Michael Horton for verse 16
    Proof that the Bible, contrary to popular belief, does NOT condone slavery!
  • John Rycraft for verse 22
    Something else to consider is that the passage clearly indicates that the husband should be compensated for damages incurred, which implies a monetary loss. A male child would be viewed as a future worker a female child could either provide future labor or be sold. If the woman is so close to her due date that she is able to deliver a live, healthy child, what loss has the husband sustained?
  • Dewey J
    Randy, in some ways we worse than the people of that time because we have knowledge. Christ has come and been crucified, resurrected, and acended to heaven. But look at the way man treat each other today with more than 7 billion people on the planet. The Incredible pain from hatred, war though sometimes necessary, greed, poverty, mostly for power and worldly list. Also, those laws were not the laws of man but God. They are the laws of God given by Moses 2 Peter 1:20, 21 says, "knowing this first that no prophecy of of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. V21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved-or-inspired by the Holy Ghost ". God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to Jehovah in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • John Rycraft for verse 22
    Those who are pro-choice argue that this passage describes a miscarriage and is, therefore, clear evidence that a fetus was not considered to be a human being. Pro-life advocates disagree, claiming that the passage relates to a premature birth where the baby is born alive. What the pro-lifers fail to acknowledge is that, in Biblical times, a baby born prematurely would have had very little chance of survival, so the distinction between a miscarriage and a premature live birth would seem to be largely academic.
  • Randy
    A somewhat gruesome chapter a listing of man 's laws, at the time. Thankfully we have, for the most part, moved beyond these laws and into a somewhat kinder and understanding world. At least in the western world. Some more acient and backward do hold this as gospel truth and to follow. But killing is not an answer to much of anything. The only understandable killing is in war, and then only to defend the faith and way of life. Remember, this is the word law of man in the bible, not Gods actual words in writing, like in other areas of the text.
  • I believe in God. Unfortunately,our society has become extremely corrupted! The teenagers do not respect themselves, much less their elders... Our world definitely needs the help of God. He is the only power that can save our lives.

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