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Exodus 21:15

15 “Anyone who attacksa their father or mother is to be put to death.

Read Exodus 21:15 Using Other Translations

And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
"Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.
“Anyone who strikes father or mother must be put to death.

What does Exodus 21:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 21:15

And he that smiteth his father or his mother
With his fist, or with a stick, or cane, or such thing, though they died not with the blow, yet it occasioned any wound, or caused a bruise, or the part smitten black and blue, or left any print of the blow; for, as Jarchi says, the party was not guilty, less by smiting there was a bruise, or weal, made, or any mark or scar: but if so it was, then he

shall be surely put to death;
the Targum of Jonathan adds, with the suffocation of a napkin; and so Jarchi says with strangling; the manner of which was this, the person was sunk into a dunghill up to his knees, and two persons girt his neck with a napkin or towel until he expired. This crime was made capital, to show the heinousness of it, how detestable it was to God, and in order to deter from it.

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