"If someone hits another and death results, the penalty is death.
But if there was no intent to kill - if it was an accident, an 'act of God' - I'll set aside a place to which the killer can flee for refuge.
But if the murder was premeditated, cunningly plotted, then drag the killer away, even if it's from my Altar, to be put to death.
"If someone hits father or mother, the penalty is death.
"If someone kidnaps a person, the penalty is death, regardless of whether the person has been sold or is still held in possession.
"If someone curses father or mother, the penalty is death.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)