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 Deuteronomy 21:1 - 9
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   Book of Deuteronomy
   Chapter 21
21:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If a man is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,
 
21:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.
 
21:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke
 
21:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and lead her down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer's neck.
 
21:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The priests, the sons of Levi, shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.
 
21:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
 
21:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.
 
21:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man." And the bloodshed will be atoned for.
 
21:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.
 
 

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