Ten Commandments Biblical Verses & Commandments Reference

Thou shalt not kill

In the original Hebrew test, the word 'retzach' means to break, or slash to pieces, as much as it means to kill or murder, but in more modern interpretations it has come to mean kill or murder. In the Book of Numbers, the killing of any person outside of the theater of war is considered murder; however, in the Bible, retzach is never used with war, so it provides a much more strict meaning for the commandment.

In Judaism, as well as many forms of Christianity, justifiable killing does exist in cases of war, protection of family and the innocent.

The Fifth CommandmentThe Seventh Commandment ESV Illuminated Bible Buy on Amazon Ignatius Catholic Study Bible Buy on Amazon KJV Holy Bible Buy on Amazon See the full list of Recommended Bibles.