Deuteronomy 21:22-23

22 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole,
23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

Deuteronomy 21:22-23 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter treats of the beheading of the heifer, for the expiation of unknown murder, and the rules to be observed in it, De 21:1-9 of a beautiful captive woman an Israelite is desirous of having for his wife, and what methods he must take to accomplish it, De 21:10-14, of giving the double portion to the firstborn, which he must not be deprived of in favour of the son of a beloved wife, De 21:15-17 and of the stubborn and rebellious son, who remaining so must be put to death, De 21:18-21 and of burying a person hanged on a tree the same day he is executed, De 21:22,23.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Deuteronomy 22:26; Matthew 26:66; Mark 14:64; Acts 23:29
  • 2. Joshua 8:29; Joshua 10:27; John 19:31
  • 3. Ezekiel 39:12
  • 4. Ezra 6:11; Esther 2:23; Esther 7:9; Esther 8:7; Esther 9:13,25; Isaiah 50:11; Galatians 3:13*
  • 5. S Leviticus 18:25; Numbers 35:34
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