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Deuteronomy 21:6

    Deuteronomy 21:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And all the responsible men of that town which is nearest to the dead man, washing their hands over the cow whose neck was broken in the valley,

    Webster's Revision

    And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

    World English Bible

    All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley:

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 21:6

    Shall wash their hands over the heifer - Washing the hands, in reference to such a subject as this, was a rite anciently used to signify that the persons thus washing were innocent of the crime in question. It was probably from the Jews that Pilate learned this symbolical method of expressing his innocence.