Compare Translations for Deuteronomy 19:21

Deuteronomy 19:21 ASV
And thine eyes shall not pity; life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 BBE
Have no pity; let life be given for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 CEB
Show no mercy on this point: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 CJB
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 RHE
Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 ESV
Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 GW
Have no pity on him: [Take] a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 GNT
In such cases show no mercy; the punishment is to be a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 HNV
Your eyes shall not pity; life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 CSB
You must not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 KJV
And thine eye shall not pity ; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 LEB
{You must show no pity}: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NAS
"Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NCV
Show no mercy. A life must be paid for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NIRV
Don't feel sorry for that evil person. A life must be taken for a life. An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth. A hand must be cut off for a hand and a foot for a foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NIV
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NKJV
Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NLT
You must never show pity! Your rule should be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."
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Deuteronomy 19:21 NRS
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 RSV
Your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 DBY
And thine eye shall not spare: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 MSG
Don't feel sorry for the person: It's life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 WBT
And thy eye shall not pity; [but] life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 TMB
And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 TNIV
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 TYN
And let thyne eye haue no compassio, but life for life, eye for eye, toth for toth, hande for hand, and fote for fote.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 WEB
Your eyes shall not pity; life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 WYC
but thou shalt ask life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19:21 YLT
and thine eye doth not pity -- life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
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Deuteronomy 19 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 19

The cities of refuge, The man-slayer, The murderer. (1-13) Landmarks not to be removed. (14) The punishment of false witnesses. (15-21)

Verses 1-13 Here is the law settled between the blood of the murdered, and the blood of the murderer; provision is made, that the cities of refuge should be a protection, so that a man should not die for that as a crime, which was not his willing act. In Christ, the Lord our Righteousness, refuge is provided for those who by faith flee unto him. But there is no refuge in Jesus Christ for presumptuous sinners, who go on still in their trespasses. Those who flee to Christ from their sins, shall be safe in him, but not those who expect to be sheltered by him in their sins.

Verse 14 Direction is given to fix landmarks in Canaan. It is the will of God that every one should know his own; and that means should be used to hinder the doing and suffering of wrong. This, without doubt, is a moral precept, and still binding. Let every man be content with his own lot, and be just to his neighbours in all things.

Verses 15-21 Sentence should never be passed upon the testimony of one witness alone. A false witness should suffer the same punishment which he sought to have inflicted upon the person he accused. Nor could any law be more just. Let all Christians not only be cautious in bearing witness in public, but be careful not to join in private slanders; and let all whose consciences accuse them of crime, without delay flee for refuge to the hope set before them in Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 19 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 19

Deuteronomy 19:1-13 . OF THE CITIES OF REFUGE.

2. Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land--Goelism, or the duty of the nearest kinsmen to avenge the death of a slaughtered relative, being the customary law of that age (as it still is among the Arabs and other people of the East), Moses incorporated it in an improved form with his legislative code. For the protection of the unintentional homicide, he provided certain cities of refuge--three had been destined for this purpose on the east of Jordan ( Deuteronomy 4:41 , Numbers 35:11 ); three were to be invested with the same privilege on the west of that river when Canaan should be conquered.
in the midst of thy land--in such a position that they would be conspicuous and accessible, and equidistant from the extremities of the land and from each other.

3. Thou shalt prepare thee a way--The roads leading to them were to be kept in good condition and the brooks or rivers to be spanned by good bridges; the width of the roads was to be thirty-two cubits; and at all the crossroads signposts were to be erected with the words, Mekeleth, Mekeleth, "refuge, refuge," painted on them.
divide the coasts of thy land . . . into three parts--the whole extent of the country from the south to the north. The three cities on each side of Jordan were opposite to each other, "as two rows of vines in a

6, 7. Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot--This verse is a continuation of Deuteronomy 19:3 (for Deuteronomy 19:4 Deuteronomy 19:5 , which are explanatory, are in a parenthetical form), and the meaning is that if the kinsman of a person inadvertently killed should, under the impulse of sudden excitement and without inquiring into the circumstances, inflict summary vengeance on the homicide, however guiltless, the law tolerated such an act; it was to pass with impunity. But to prevent such precipitate measures, the cities of refuge were established for the reception of the homicide, that "innocent blood might not be shed in thy land" ( Deuteronomy 19:10 ). In the case of premeditated murder ( Deuteronomy 19:11 Deuteronomy 19:12 ), they afforded no immunity; but, if it were only manslaughter, the moment the fugitive was within the gates, he found himself in a safe asylum ( Numbers 35:26-28 , Joshua 20:6 ).

8, 9. And if the Lord thy God enlarge thy coast--Three additional sanctuaries were to be established in the event of their territory extending over the country from Hermon and Gilead to the Euphrates (see Genesis 15:18 , Exodus 23:31 ). But it was obscurely hinted that this last provision would never be carried into effect, as the Israelites would not fulfil the conditions, namely, "that of keeping the commandments, to love the Lord, and walk ever in his ways." In point of fact, although that region was brought into subjection by David and Solomon, we do not find that cities of refuge were established; because those sovereigns only made the ancient inhabitants tributary, instead of sending a colony of Israelites to possess it. The privilege of sanctuary cities, however, was given only for Israelites; and besides, that conquered territory did not remain long under the power of the Hebrew kings.

Deuteronomy 19:14 . THE LANDMARK IS NOT TO BE REMOVED.

14. Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old have set in thine inheritance--The state of Palestine in regard to enclosures is very much the same now as it has always been. Though gardens and vineyards are surrounded by dry-stone walls or hedges of prickly pear, the boundaries of arable fields are marked by nothing but by a little trench, a small cairn, or a single erect stone, placed at certain intervals. It is manifest that a dishonest person could easily fill the gutter with earth, or remove these stones a few feet without much risk of detection and so enlarge his own field by a stealthy encroachment on his neighbor's. This law, then, was made to prevent such trespasses.

Deuteronomy 19:15 . TWO WITNESSES REQUIRED.

15. One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity--The following rules to regulate the admission of testimony in public courts are founded on the principles of natural justice. A single witness shall not be admitted to the condemnation of an accused person.

Deuteronomy 19:16-21 . PUNISHMENT OF A FALSE WITNESS.

16-21. But if convicted of perjury, it will be sufficient for his own condemnation, and his punishment shall be exactly the same as would have overtaken the object of his malignant prosecution. see also Leviticus 24:20 ).