Comment: Death Penalty

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Death Penalty

"And these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be slain at the mouth of witnesses; but one witness shall not testify against any person that he die." Numbers 35:29-30

I forgot to mention Numbers 35 in my first comment, so let me repeat myself.

By law, IF there are 2 or 3 witnesses and they can withstand scrutiny, the penalty is public execution by the hand of those witnesses first, and the people second.

Further laws requiring the death penalty are found at Exodus 21:12-14 and Deuteronomy 19:1-13. Laws concerning false witnesses and cross examination are found at Deuteronomy 19:15-21. Laws concerning the method of execution are found at Deuteronomy 17:6-7.

We call this "due process" or "fair trial"(Numbers 35:12)

"And the cities shall be unto you for refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation for judgment." Numbers 35:12

"But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, whither he fleeth; and the avenger of blood find him without the border of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood slay the manslayer; there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him;" Numbers 35:26-27

"Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death." Numbers 35:31

"So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are; for blood, it polluteth the land; and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it." Numbers 35:33