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Avenger, Avenger of Blood

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After the flood God gave to Noah the law that "whose sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed," Genesis 9:6 ; and to this day in the East it is considered the solemn duty of the relatives of a slain man to see that his blood is avenged. The law made a distinction between murder and man-slaughter: when a person was killed accidentally the man-slayer could run to a City of Refuge (q.v. ) and be protected. God has invested man with governmental authority to carry out this universal command, which was given long before the law by Moses, and which has never been repealed or relaxed. In the N.T. the magistrate bears not the sword in vain, for he is the minister of God for the punishment of evil-doers. Romans 13 .

Under the law of Moses it was enacted 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' Matthew 5:38 ; Exodus 21:24 . With the Christian it is quite different: having been dealt with in grace, he must act also in grace towards others. The word to him is "Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19 ; Revelation 6:10 ; Revelation 19:2 . Now it is the day of grace; but there is a day of vengeance coming for those that "know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Thessalonians 1:8 . The duty of a Christian in not avenging himself in no way clashes with the exercise of the government of God by magistrates, who derive their authority from Him, in repressing and punishing evil.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Avenger, Avenger of Blood '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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