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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).