Contradiction: Exodus 20:13 and Luke 19:27

April 25, 2007 2:13am CST
In Exodus 20:13, God says— “Thou shalt not kill.” Very clearly, in this particular verse God is prohibiting us to kill. But in one of the books of the New Testament, Luke 19:27, our Lord Jesus says that— “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” In other words, in this verse, our Lord Jesus Christ is commanding that His enemies be slain before Him. Why Exodus 20:13 says, “Thou shalt not kill,” while Luke 19:27 says, “… slay them before me …”? Do these verses contradict each other? Which between the two verses is correct?
4 responses
@pearl2 (4)
• United States
26 Apr 07
jayperiod's response was accurate. The Bible may appear to contradict itself but you can use scripture to interpret scripture. And it's always best to read the whole passage so as not to take it out of context.
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• United States
28 May 07
Actually, there is a few lines where Jesus does talk about the use of volence... For example, he says kill theif if he breaks in your home... Jesus taught that SELF-DEFENCE is allowed whether it be as an individual or group(friends, nation, etc...). He condones REVENGE because, it is written that vegence is mine. "Let he who is w/o sin cast the first stone." Its neccessary to protect the things you hold dear to you remember that...
• United States
28 May 07
Self-Defense is in the moment you need to defend yourself. However, REVENGE is after the moment and you planned for it. Again if you kill its worst than if you scrwed someone over...
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
The question is, are these two verses correct? or we should believe only to one verse and discard the other?
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
5 May 07
The thing about thecommandments is that when it was taken out of the torah, and put into the bible, they were considerably changed and shortened. Following that thou shalt not kill was a whole list of those yopu shouldn't kill. It is not the straight forward statement in the original that it is in the bible
@jessemt35 (294)
• Qatar
30 Apr 07
There is no contradiction between the two verses. What you do is that you've taken that verse from Luke out of context. If you read the the entire chapter Jesus is telling a parable of the Ten pounds and what you have quoted is the verse replied by the master to the objection of the servant who has not done anything about the money that has been entrusted to him by the master. Jesus is not referring it to himself he is only pointing out that we as servants has been given riches which we must use in order to multiply until he returns. He is telling the people that everyone will receive according to his merit and to the degree that one has been able to love throughout life.