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Deuteronomy 19 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When the Lord your God has cut off the nations whose land the Lord your God is giving you, and you have dispossessed them and settled in their towns and in their houses, 1 When the LORD your God has destroyed the nations whose land he is giving you, and when you have driven them out and settled in their towns and houses,
2 you shall set apart three cities in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. 2 then set aside for yourselves three cities centrally located in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
3 You shall calculate the distances and divide into three regions the land that the Lord your God gives you as a possession, so that any homicide can flee to one of them. 3 Build roads to them and divide into three parts the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that anyone who kills a man may flee there.
4 Now this is the case of a homicide who might flee there and live, that is, someone who has killed another person unintentionally when the two had not been at enmity before: 4 This is the rule concerning the man who kills another and flees there to save his life--one who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought.
5 Suppose someone goes into the forest with another to cut wood, and when one of them swings the ax to cut down a tree, the head slips from the handle and strikes the other person who then dies; the killer may flee to one of these cities and live. 5 For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life.
6 But if the distance is too great, the avenger of blood in hot anger might pursue and overtake and put the killer to death, although a death sentence was not deserved, since the two had not been at enmity before. 6 Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought.
7 Therefore I command you: You shall set apart three cities. 7 This is why I command you to set aside for yourselves three cities.
8 If the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he swore to your ancestors—and he will give you all the land that he promised your ancestors to give you, 8 If the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, and gives you the whole land he promised them,
9 provided you diligently observe this entire commandment that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God and walking always in his ways—then you shall add three more cities to these three, 9 because you carefully follow all these laws I command you today--to love the LORD your God and to walk always in his ways--then you are to set aside three more cities.
10 so that the blood of an innocent person may not be shed in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, thereby bringing bloodguilt upon you. 10 Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.
11 But if someone at enmity with another lies in wait and attacks and takes the life of that person, and flees into one of these cities, 11 But if a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him, assaults and kills him, and then flees to one of these cities,
12 then the elders of the killer's city shall send to have the culprit taken from there and handed over to the avenger of blood to be put to death. 12 the elders of his town shall send for him, bring him back from the city, and hand him over to the avenger of blood to die.
13 Show no pity; you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may go well with you. 13 Show him no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.
14 You must not move your neighbor's boundary marker, set up by former generations, on the property that will be allotted to you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. 14 Do not move your neighbor's boundary stone set up by your predecessors in the inheritance you receive in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
15 A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offense that may be committed. Only on the evidence of two or three witnesses shall a charge be sustained. 15 One witness is not enough to convict a man accused of any crime or offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
16 If a malicious witness comes forward to accuse someone of wrongdoing, 16 If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse a man of a crime,
17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days, 17 the two men involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the LORD before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time.
18 and the judges shall make a thorough inquiry. If the witness is a false witness, having testified falsely against another, 18 The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against his brother,
19 then you shall do to the false witness just as the false witness had meant to do to the other. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. 19 then do to him as he intended to do to his brother. You must purge the evil from among you.
20 The rest shall hear and be afraid, and a crime such as this shall never again be committed among you. 20 The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you.
21 Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. 21 Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.