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If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's goods.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

22:8 unto the judges. The word “judges” here and in Exodus 22:9 is elohim, the Hebrew word for “God.” It is a plural noun, and is sometimes rendered “gods” (e.g., Psalm 82:1). These judges were authorized to enforce God’s law and thus were considered, when sitting in judgment, as representing Him. See the reference by the Lord Jesus in John 10:34,35.

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