Genesis 9:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God
he made man.
Exodus 21:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death.
As can be seen from the above, the penalty for willfully taking the life of another is the death penalty. We see from the account concerning Cain that he not only did not receive the death penalty for murdering his brother Abel, but he was given protection from anyone seeking to avenge that murder.―Genesis 4:15.
At first glance, this may seem like an inconsistency on the part of Jehovah’s justice, but it is not. There are multiple reasons as to why Cain did not receive the death penalty. At the time of this murder, God had not established the death penalty…
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