Manslayer, [N] [E]

one who kills another unintentionally, and is thus distinguished from a murderer, who kills with malice aforethought. The cases of manslaughter mentioned in Scripture appear to be a sufficient indication of the intention of the lawgiver.

  1. Death by a blow in a sudden quarrel. ( Numbers 35:22 )
  2. Death by a stone or missile thrown at random. Ibid. ( Numbers 35:22 Numbers 35:23 )
  3. By the blade of an axe flying from its handle. ( 19:5 ) In all these and the like cases the manslayer was allowed to retire to a city of refuge. A thief overtaken at night in the act of stealing might lawfully be put to death, but if the sun had risen the killing him was to be regarded as murder. ( Exodus 22:2 Exodus 22:8 )

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Manslayer,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.