Deuteronomy 21:6

“And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Deuteronomy 21:6

And all the Elders of that city that are next vnto the slaine man, shal wash their hands ouer the heifer that is beheaded in the valley.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And all the responsible men of that town which is nearest to the dead man, washing their hands over the cow whose neck was broken in the valley,
- Basic English Bible

And all the elders of that city, that are nearest unto him that is slain, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck is broken in the watercourse,
- Darby Bible

And all the elders of that city that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:
- Webster's Bible

All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
- World English Bible

and all the elders of that city, who are near unto the slain one, do wash their hands over the heifer which is beheaded in the valley,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Deuteronomy 21:6

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 21:6


21:4 A rough valley - That such a desert and horrid place might beget an horror of murder and of the murderer. Strike off the neck - To shew what they would and should have done to the murderer if they had found him.

21:5 Every controversy - Of this kind: every controversy which shall rise about any stroke, whether such a mortal stroke as is here spoken of, or any other stroke or wound given by one man to another.

21:7 They shall answer - To the priests who shall examine them. This blood - This about which the present enquiry is made: or this which is here present: for it is thought the corps of the slain man was brought into the same place where the heifer was slain. Nor have we seen or understood how or by whom this was done.

21:8 Forgiven - Though there was no mortal guilt in this people, yet there was a ceremonial uncleanness in the land, which was to be expiated and forgiven.


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