17 " 'Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.

Other Translations of Leviticus 24:17

King James Version

17 And he that killeth killeth...: Heb. smiteth the life of a man any man shall surely be put to death.

English Standard Version

17 "Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.

The Message

17 "Anyone who hits and kills a fellow human must be put to death.

New King James Version

17 'Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death.

New Living Translation

17 "Anyone who takes another person's life must be put to death.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus 24:17

Commentary on Leviticus 24:10-23

(Read Leviticus 24:10-23)

This offender was the son of an Egyptian father, and an Israelitish mother. The notice of his parents shows the common ill effect of mixed marriages. A standing law for the stoning of blasphemers was made upon this occasion. Great stress is laid upon this law. It extends to the strangers among them, as well as to those born in the land. Strangers, as well as native Israelites, should be entitled to the benefit of the law, so as not to suffer wrong; and should be liable to the penalty of this law, in case they did wrong. If those who profane the name of God escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgments. What enmity against God must be in the heart of man, when blasphemies against God proceed out of his mouth. If he that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the gospel of the Son of God! Let us watch against anger, do no evil, avoid all connexions with wicked people, and reverence that holy name which sinners blaspheme.