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The Bible Slam: Deuteronomy Chapter 19

Deuteronomy 19 (see SAB's King James version) has to do with the Biblical justice system and echoes Numbers 35.

"Refuge cities" are designated for people who are responsible for an accidental death.  An example of this, according to Deuteronomy 19, is that if two people are out cutting wood, and one of the wood cutter's axe flies off the handle and kills the other, then the person responsible for the accidental death can flee to the refuge city to avoid the "blood avengers."  Blood avengers are living relatives who have a right to kill the murderer of their relative.

People guilty of intentional murder who have fled to the refugee cities can been taken from their hiding and killed (a bit different from the Numbers 35 version).

In order to be convicted of a crime, there has to be two or more witnesses.  People who are false witnesses are to suffer the fate that their intended victim would have faced.

(Chelev's "Moses voice" in the following video stems from an earlier Biblical reference that Moses had a speech problem.  If swear words bother you, a more mundane narration of the Bible is linked in the "about the Bible Slam" section referenced below.)

Discussion Points.

In the Numbers 35 version, people who hide in the cities of refuge have to leave when the high priest dies, and then they have to go home to be killed in an avenging death.

The expression, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot" comes from Deuteronomy 19:21.

Skeptics Annotated points out,

"One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established."
Jehovah's Witnesses use this verse (along with 1 Tim.5:19, 2 Cor.13:1, and Mt.18:16) to justify their refusal to report or investigate incidents of child molestation unless two or three JWs have witnessed the event. If witnesses do not come forward (and they are discouraged from doing so since it would embarrass the organization), then the victim is told to be quiet about it — or risk being disfellowshipped.

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