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Genesis 9:6

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9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, 1 

by other humans 2 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 3 

God 4  has made humankind.”

Genesis 37:22

Context
37:22 Reuben continued, 5  “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 6  (Reuben said this 7  so he could rescue Joseph 8  from them 9  and take him back to his father.)

1 tn Heb “the blood of man.”

2 tn Heb “by man,” a generic term here for other human beings.

3 sn See the notes on the words “humankind” and “likeness” in Gen 1:26, as well as J. Barr, “The Image of God in the Book of Genesis – A Study of Terminology,” BJRL 51 (1968/69): 11-26.

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “and Reuben said to them.”

6 sn The verbs translated shed, throw, and lay sound alike in Hebrew; the repetition of similar sounds draws attention to Reuben’s words.

7 tn The words “Reuben said this” are not in the Hebrew text, but have been supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

8 tn Heb “him”; the referent (Joseph) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

9 tn Heb “from their hands” (cf. v. 21). This expression has been translated as “them” here for stylistic reasons.



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