19:12 The elders of his own city must send for him and remove him from there to deliver him over to the blood avenger 1 to die.
19:17 then both parties to the controversy must stand before the Lord, that is, before the priests and judges 2 who will be in office in those days.
1 tn The גֹאֵל הַדָּם (go’el haddam, “avenger of blood”) would ordinarily be a member of the victim’s family who, after due process of law, was invited to initiate the process of execution (cf. Num 35:16-28). See R. Hubbard, NIDOTTE 1:789-94.
2 tn The appositional construction (“before the