MMM Day 21: Do Not Murder

March Mitzvot Madness Day 21

It is important to note that this command is specific to murder, not killing (in battle, defense of self or others, or as punishment for a crime).  The Hebrew word used here denotes those who kill with malice or premeditation.  Also, I find it interesting that the permissibility of killing a thief caught in the act of his crime depends on the visibility.  I am constantly amazed at how our Elohim’s justice system works.  His righteousness and mercy are both so evident!

Do not murder. ~~ Exodus 20: 13

If a thief caught in the act of breaking in is beaten to death, it is not murder; unless it happens after sunrise, in which case it is murder. ~~ Exodus 22: 1

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