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 21:13
 21:14
 21:15
 21:16
21:14 If a person plots against his neighbor to kill him intentionally, then you must even take him from My altar to put him to death.
Vechi-yazid ish al-re'ehu lehorgo ve'ormah me'im mizbechi tikachenu lamut.
21:15 Whoever intentionally injures his father or mother shall be put to death.
Umakeh aviv ve'imo mot yumat.
21:16 If one person kidnaps and sells another, and [the victim] is seen in his hand, then [the kidnapper] shall be put to death.
Vegonev ish umecharo venimtsa veyado mot yumat.



Commentary:

intentionally
  (Hirsch). Or, 'by foul play,' 'with premeditation,' or 'with guile.'

from My altar
  And such a murderer can certainly be removed from any refuge city (Ibn Ezra; Chizzkuni). Even if the murderer is a priest offering sacrifice, he can be taken from the altar (Mekhilta; Rashi).

Some say that in the desert, before the refuge cities were selected, the altar served as a refuge for the accidental murderer (Sforno). According to others, the altar served as a sanctuary for unpremeditated murder, but not for the premeditated crime (Abarbanel; Akedath Yitzchak; MeAm Lo'ez). See 1 Kings 2:28, 32.

injures
  Causing bleeding (Sanhedrin 84b).

seen
  By witnesses (Mekhilta; Rashi). Literally, 'found.' Cf. Deuteronomy 24:7.





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