19:6 Otherwise the blood avenger will chase after the killer in the heat of his anger, eventually overtake him, 1 and kill him, 2 though this is not a capital case 3 since he did not hate him at the time of the accident.
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 4 to die.
1 tn Heb “and overtake him, for the road is long.”
2 tn Heb “smite with respect to life,” that is, fatally.
3 tn Heb “no judgment of death.”
4 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.