Guilt incurred through unnecessary or unrighteous bloodshed. The NRSV uses this term in three passages. In (Exod 22:2-3), bloodguilt is not to be incurred by someone killing a thief in the act of breaking in unless it occurs after sunrise. (Lev 17:4) assigns bloodguilt to one who fails to bring a slaughtered animal to the tabernacle as an offering. (1Sam 25:26), (1Sam 25:33) describes David’s avoiding bloodguilt for an act of vengeance regarding Abigail’s husband.

Exod 22:2-3

2(4) When the animal, whether ox or donkey or sheep, is found alive in the thief's possession, the thief shall pay double.3 If a thief is found breaking in, and ... View more

Lev 17:4

4and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, to present it as an offering to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord, he shall be held guil ... View more

1Sam 25:26

26“Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, since the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from taking vengeance with your own han ... View more

1Sam 25:33

33Blessed be your good sense, and blessed be you, who have kept me today from bloodguilt and from avenging myself by my own hand!

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