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Exodus 21:13

    Exodus 21:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint you a place where he shall flee.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight.

    Webster's Revision

    And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

    World English Bible

    but not if it is unintentional, but God allows it to happen: then I will appoint you a place where he shall flee.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

    Definitions for Exodus 21:13

    Whither - Where; which place.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 21:13

    I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee - From the earliest times the nearest akin had a right to revenge the murder of his relation, and as this right was universally acknowledged, no law was ever made on the subject; but as this might be abused, and a person who had killed another accidentally, having had no previous malice against him, might be put to death by the avenger of blood, as the nearest kinsman was termed, therefore God provided the cities of refuge to which the accidental manslayer might flee till the affair was inquired into, and settled by the civil magistrate.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 21:13

    There was no place of safety for the guilty murderer, not even the altar of Yahweh. Thus all superstitious notions connected with the right of sanctuary were excluded. Adonijah and Joab 1 Kings 1:50; 1 Kings 2:28 appear to have vainly trusted that the common feeling would protect them, if they took hold of the horns of the altar on which atonement with blood was made Leviticus 4:7. But for one who killed a man "at unawares," that is, without intending to do it, the law afterward appointed places of refuge, Numbers 35:6-34; Deuteronomy 4:41-43; Deuteronomy 19:2-10; Joshua 20:2-9. It is very probable that there was some provision answering to the cities of refuge, that may have been based upon old usage, in the camp in the Wilderness.