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lest the avenger of blood pursue the killer while his heart is hot, and overtake him because the way 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).


Commentary for: Deuteronomy 19:6