Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Murder : Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Numbers 35:16,18,21,31; Leviticus 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man's having been made in the likeness of God (Genesis 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 (Exodus 21:12,14; Deuteronomy 19:11,13; 2 Samuel 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses were required in any capital case (Numbers 35:19-30; Deuteronomy 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 (Deuteronomy 21:1-9). These offences also were to be punished with death,

  1. striking a parent;
  2. cursing a parent;
  3. kidnapping (Exodus 21:15-17; Deuteronomy 27:16).
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