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