Deuteronomy 21:6
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New International Version
Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,


New American Standard Bible
"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;


King James Bible
And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:


Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the elders of the city nearest to the victim will wash their hands by the stream over the young cow whose neck has been broken.


International Standard Version
All the elders of the city nearest the dead body are to wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,


American Standard Version
And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;


Douay-Rheims Bible
And the ancients of that city shall come to the person slain, and shall wash their hands over the heifer that was killed in the valley,


Darby Bible Translation
And all the elders of that city, that are nearest unto him that is slain, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck is broken in the watercourse,


Young's Literal Translation
and all the elders of that city, who are near unto the slain one, do wash their hands over the heifer which is beheaded in the valley,
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Context
The Atonement for An Unsolved Murder

1If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who has slain him: 2Then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are round about him that is slain: 3And it shall be, that the city which is next to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which has not been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke; 4And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley: 5And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried: 6And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: 7And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 8Be merciful, O LORD, to your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and lay not innocent blood to your people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them. 9So shall you put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when you shall do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
Cross References
Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see you to it.


Deuteronomy 21:7
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.


2 Samuel 3:29
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that has an issue, or that is a leper, or that leans on a staff, or that falls on the sword, or that lacks bread.


Treasury of Scripture

And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

wash their hands Washing the hands was anciently a symbolical action, denoting that the person was innocent of the crime in question.

Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 51:2,7,14 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin...

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Jeremiah 2:22 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me, said the Lord GOD.

Matthew 27:24,25 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water...

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Strong's Concordance
And all the elders of that city, [that are] next unto the slain [man], shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:
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Deuteronomy Chapter 21 Verse 6

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