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Deuteronomy 21:1
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"If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the Lord your God gives you to [a]possess, and it is not known who has struck him,
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Deuteronomy 21:2
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then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.
Deuteronomy 21:3
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It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;
Deuteronomy 21:4
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and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.
Deuteronomy 21:5
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Then (a)the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the Lord your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the Lord ; and every dispute and every [b]assault [c]shall be settled by them.
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Deuteronomy 21:6
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All the elders of that city [d]which is nearest to the slain man shall (b)wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
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Deuteronomy 21:7
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and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.
Deuteronomy 21:8
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[e]Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O Lord , and do not place the guilt of (c)innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be [f]forgiven them.
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Deuteronomy 21:9
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(d)So you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord .
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Deuteronomy 21:10
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"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and (e)the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,
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