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But you are always thinking and looking for ways to increase your wealth by dishonest means. Your eyes and your heart are set on killing some innocent person and committing fraud and oppression. 1
Then say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), 1 and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity),
Slanderous men shed blood within you. 1 Those who live within you eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains; 2 they commit obscene acts among you. 3
They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; 1 you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, 2 declares the sovereign Lord. 3
But upright men will punish them appropriately for their adultery and bloodshed, 1 because they are adulteresses and blood is on their hands.
Therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will subject you to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.
Egypt will be desolate and Edom will be a desolate wilderness, because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, 1 in whose land they shed innocent blood.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over Egypt’s waters – over their rivers, over their canals, 1 over their ponds, and over all their reservoirs 2 – so that it becomes 3 blood.’ There will be blood everywhere in 4 the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone containers.”
King Ahaz ordered Uriah the priest, “On the large altar 1 offer the morning burnt sacrifice, the evening grain offering, the royal burnt sacrifices and grain offering, the burnt sacrifice for all the people of Israel, their grain offering, and their libations. Sprinkle all the blood of the burnt sacrifice and other sacrifices on it. The bronze altar will be for my personal use.” 2
Reuben continued, 1 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 2 (Reuben said this 3 so he could rescue Joseph 4 from them 5 and take him back to his father.)
So Moses took the blood and splashed it on 1 the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant 2 that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
The priest must put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the Lord in the Meeting Tent, and all the rest of the bull’s blood he must pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.
The priest will then put some of the rest of the olive oil that is in his hand 1 on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering,
Then the priest is to put some of the olive oil that is in his hand 1 on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the place of the blood of the guilt offering,
“‘Any man 1 from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside 2 in their 3 midst who eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats the blood, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, 4
for the life of all flesh is its blood. 1 So I have said to the Israelites: You must not eat the blood of any living thing 2 because the life of every living thing is its blood – all who eat it will be cut off. 3
If a matter is too difficult for you to judge – bloodshed, 1 legal claim, 2 or assault 3 – matters of controversy in your villages 4 – you must leave there and go up to the place the Lord your God chooses. 5
Your conscience will not be overwhelmed with guilt 1 for having poured out innocent blood and for having taken matters into your own hands. When the Lord has granted my lord success, 2 please remember your servant.”
Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Haven’t you committed murder and taken possession of the property of the deceased?”’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “In the spot where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood they will also lick up your blood – yes, yours!”’”
Furthermore Manasseh killed so many innocent people, he stained Jerusalem with their blood from end to end, 1 in addition to encouraging Judah to sin by doing evil in the sight of the Lord. 2