lest the avenger of blood pursue the killer while his heart is hot, and overtake him because the road is long, and strike him mortally; whereas he was not worthy of death inasmuch as he did not hate him in time past. Bible

“avenger of blood.” A member of one’s family or clan that would kill anyone who killed someone in the family (see commentary on Num. 35:19 and commentary on Ruth 2:20, “kinsman-redeemer”).

Commentary for: Deuteronomy 19:6