Exodus 21:12

12 "Whoever strikes someone and kills him must be put to death.

Exodus 21:12 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 21:12

He that smiteth a man, so that he die
The Targum of Jonathan is, that smites a man or daughter of Israel with the sword; but there is no need to restrain the words either to persons of any certain nation, nor to any instrument with which a person may be smitten as to die: but any human person, man, woman, or child, of whatsoever nation, and they smitten with anything whatever, that issues in their death:

shall surely be put to death;
by the order of the civil magistrate, and by the hand of such as shall be appointed by him; for this is the original law of God, ( Genesis 9:6 ) .

Exodus 21:12 In-Context

10 If that son marries another woman, he must not deprive the first wife of food, clothes, or sex.
11 If he doesn't give her these three things, she can go free, without paying any money for her freedom.
12 "Whoever strikes someone and kills him must be put to death.
13 If it wasn't done intentionally, but God let it happen, the killer should flee to a place I will set aside for you.
14 But whenever someone becomes so angry that he plans to kill his neighbor, you must take him away from my altar and put him to death.
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