These 2 Bible verses confuse me a lot because they encourage killing, I need an explanation

2 Bible verses

A confused man has lamented over what he is finding so hard to believe in the bible because it’s controversial. Below is what he is seeking help on.

The Bible is believed to be the oldest book in the history of man. The Bible comprises stories from when the world was created (the Old Testament) and also after the birth of Jesus Christ (the New Testament).

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I come from a Christian home where reading the Bible daily is a must for everyone. In one of my studies, I stumbled on two different verses of the Bible that are quite confusing to me. TAP HERE TO CONTINUE READING AND SEE THE VERSES

I asked a couple of friends to help me out with an explanation, but what I got wasn’t enough to clear my doubt concerning these scriptures. Here is the scripture below:

Thou shalt not kill. —Exodus 20:13

Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side. and killing every man his brother…companion… neighbour. – Exodus 32:27.

New International Version
Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbour.’”

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbour.’”

Berean Study Bible
He told them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each of you men is to fasten his sword to his side, go back and forth through the camp from gate to gate, and slay his brother, his friend, and his neighbour.’ ”

If you have read the scriptures, you will agree with me that they are not saying the same thing.

The word “slay” in the English dictionary means “to kill or murder or kill.”

My question here is that if the first scripture asks us not to kill, then why will the second permit us to slay or kill one another? Is it possible that there was a mix-up somewhere, or was it a mistake?

If you have an answer to this, please answer it because I’m really confused.

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  1. God forewarned man in Exo 20:13 because the consequence of killing is grave; the soul that sins will die. Consider verse 21 of Exodus 32, the pivotal point there is sin and for sinning against God who is a jealous God and who forewarned that man should have no other god besides Him, decided to to visit His judgement upon them. There is therefore no correlation between the two verses.

  2. Pls learn to read the full story so i get the full history
    The first was a commandment
    The second was a judgement
    U can compare the second to the time of king saul before David when he disobeyed and Samuel completed the mission for him .
    Pls get the full gist and understand why the words were spoken.


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