What is the meaning of you shall not murder?

It seems to be that one of the most natural Ten Commandments to explain is the sixth one that says -YOU SHALL NOT MURDER”

However, the commentary of Eben Ezra is a little bit different, as written:

“לא תרצח. בידך או בלשונך להעיד עליו שקר להמיתו. או להיותך רכיל או לתת עצה רעה בזדון שתדע שיהרג. או שנגלה לך סוד שתוכל להצילו מן המות אם תגלהו לו. ואם לא גלית. אתה כמו רוצח”

In a nutshell, it says that you can’t use your hand, tongue, you can’t give a bad advice, you can’t gossip, you can’t hide a secret from someone that could be dying- unless you are a murderer.

What do you think about this commentary- is this an exaggeration of Eben Ezra?

Share your thoughts with us and have a blessed week,


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