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What is the difference between Murder and punishment by death?


There are three areas of murder that most people think are merely saying the same thing, are actually WRONG!

What is it that makes these differences? Attitude, knowledge and, understanding.


Let’s start with the biblical reference as most people, whether they are believers or not, refer to the 6th commandment ‘thou shalt not kill’. (Ex. 20:13 kjv) The original text used the word ‘murder’. When translated from the Hebrew/Greek, murder translates ‘the taking of a life with malice’. In this passage, both words translate to mean the same thing.

So, a question here is: Are those who seek the death penalty out of revenge, vengeance, hatred, etc., guilty of ‘murder’? Better yet, when God sent the flood, was it murder OR punishment?

In summary for murder, it boils down to ‘the taking of a life without just cause’.  “Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.” (Ref)


It starts with understanding not only its differential in word but in definition AND situation. It IS NOT always synonymous with murder. And, to confuse us even more, even the media that reports on crime uses these terms interchangeably just as they do the words ‘jail’ and ‘prison’ and trust me I KNOW the difference.

In summary, which in this case, IMO, is a short one:

Vengence-revenge-hatred-malice-w/o just cause = MURDER

Punishment – just cause  = KILL

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Submitted: April 08, 2019

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Bert Broomberg

Interesting read. The essence of the confusion is probably caused by the fact that in most discussions about this topic, people fail to mention that they are actually talking about the ethics of killing another human being. That's an issue that goes a lot further than just talking about something being lawful or not, or calling a killing a murder, manslaughter, genocide or whatever form of ending a life is being discussed.

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