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Deuteronomy 19:18-20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

18 The judges will thoroughly investigate the matter, and if the witness should prove to be false and to have given false testimony against the accused,[a] 19 you must do to him what he had intended to do to the accused. In this way you will purge[b] the evil from among you. 20 The rest of the people will hear and become afraid to keep doing such evil among you.


  1. Deuteronomy 19:18 tn Heb “his brother” (also in the following verse).
  2. Deuteronomy 19:19 tn Heb “you will burn out” (בִּעַרְתָּ, biʿarta). Like a cancer, unavenged sin would infect the whole community. It must, therefore, be excised by the purging out of its perpetrators who, presumably, remained unrepentant (cf. Deut 13:6; 17:7, 12; 21:21; 22:21-22, 24; 24:7).
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