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murder

Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16,18, 21, 31; Lev. 24:17).

This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man's having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5,6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12,15).

The Mosiac law prohibited any compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Ex. 21:12,14; Deut. 19:11,13; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses were required in any capital case (Num. 35:19-30; Deut. 17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation for the crime committed (Deut. 21:1-9).

These offenses also were to be punished with death, (1) striking a parent; (2) cursing a parent; (3) kidnapping (Ex. 21:15-17; Deut. 27:16).

Author: Matthew G. Easton.

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