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Deuteronomy 22:8

    Deuteronomy 22:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you bring not blood on your house, if any man fall from there.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thy house, if any man fall from thence.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If you are building a house, make a railing for the roof, so that the blood of any man falling from it will not come on your house.

    Webster's Revision

    When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thy house, if any man fall from thence.

    World English Bible

    When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you don't bring blood on your house, if any man fall from there.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

    Definitions for Deuteronomy 22:8

    Battlement - Retaining wall.
    Thence - There; that place.

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:8

    A battlement for thy roof - Houses in the East are in general built with flat roofs, and on them men walk to enjoy the fresh air, converse together, sleep, etc.; it was therefore necessary to have a sort of battlement or balustrade to prevent persons from falling off. If a man neglected to make a sufficient defense against such accidents, and the death of another was occasioned by it, the owner of the house must be considered in the light of a murderer.

    Barnes' Notes on Deuteronomy 22:8

    The roofs of houses in Palestine were flat and used for various purposes. Compare Joshua 2:6; 2 Samuel 11:2; Acts 10:9, etc. A battlement was almost a necessary protection. It was to be, according to the rabbis, at least two cubits high (about 3 ft.).