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Leviticus 24:17

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24:17 “‘If a man beats any person to death, 1  he must be put to death.

Leviticus 24:21

Context
24:21 One who beats an animal to death 2  must make restitution for it, but 3  one who beats a person to death must be put to death.

1 tn Heb “And if a man strikes any soul [נֶפֶשׁ, nefesh] of mankind.” The idiom seems to derive from the idea of striking a fatal blow to the very “life” (literally, “soul”) of a human being, not just landing a blow on their body (HALOT 698 s.v. נכה hif.2). On the difficult of the meaning and significance of the term נֶפֶשׁ see the notes on Lev 17:10-11.

2 sn See the note on v. 18 above.

3 tn Heb “and,” but here the Hebrew conjunction ו (vav, “and”) is adversative, contrasting the consequences of beating an animal to death with those of beating a person to death.



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