Exodus 22:2

“If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If a thiefe bee found breaking vp, and be smitten that he die, there shal no blood be shed for him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If the thief is caught while breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If the thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dieth, there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a thief is taken in the act of forcing his way into a house, and his death is caused by a blow, the owner of the house is not responsible for his blood.
- Basic English Bible

If the thief be encountered breaking in, and be smitten so that he die, there shall be no blood-guiltiness for him.
- Darby Bible

If a thief shall be found breaking through, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
- Webster's Bible

If the thief is found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt of bloodshed for him.
- World English Bible

`If in the breaking through, the thief is found, and he hath been smitten, and hath died, there is no blood for him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

(22:1) If a thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dieth, there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 22:2


22:2 If a thief broke a house in the night, and was killed in the doing it, his blood was upon his own head. But if it were in the day - time that the thief was killed, he that killed him was accountable for it, unless it were in the necessary defence of his own life.


Discussion for Exodus 22

  • Jonathan
    I do not know why people believe certain section of the bible is not meant for them or this dispensation. To any believer, the complete bible starts from Genesis and ends in Revelation. If what some people are saying is anything to go by, Christians are no more supposed to be reading old testament. Tithes paying, Psalms etc are in old testament, why do we still practise them?
  • BSP
    Verse 20:The Israelites were to be completely devoted to Jehovah God. They were not to worship any other gods or they would suffer death.
  • A disciple
    "Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people." It is written, that "He called them gods, to whom the word of God came:" this law is that we not be misled away after the pride and rebellion of the heathen. Parents, elders, those who take the lead in the Lord; these are whom we reverence and submit ourselves under. As well the rulers of our workplace, our Country, our Nation.
  • Anne
    Laws and guidelines for a people to live peaceably with one another.
  • Sandy
    I love you god: This is a book of the Old Testament. Before Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. We Now accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Living Christ-like.
  • Nogme
    Circumcision and sacrifices are not allowed anymore. Since Jesus died for our sins there's no reason to be sacrificing anymore; therefore, God was not talking about this.

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