And as bands of robbers [lie in] wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the road toward Shechem [covering their crimes in that city of refuge]; Certainly they have committed crimes and outrages.
The ·priests [L company of priests] are like robbers ·waiting [lying in ambush] to attack people; they murder people on the road to Shechem [C a city of refuge for someone who committed involuntary manslaughter; Josh. 20:7; 21:21; 1 Chr. 6:67] and do wicked things.
“Gilead has become Crime City— blood on the sidewalks, blood on the streets. It used to be robbers who mugged pedestrians. Now it’s gangs of priests Assaulting worshipers on their way to Shechem. Nothing is sacred to them.
As the priests travel together down the road, they’re like a band of robbers setting an ambush. They are like their ancestor Levi who committed murder at Shechem, deceiving the people by their treachery.
and as the cheeks of men that be thieves. (So be the) Partner(s) of priests slaying in the way men going from Shechem, for they wrought great trespass. (like thieves waiting in ambush, so be the companies of priests killing those going on the way to Shechem; for indeed they wrought great trespass.)
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