Cursed is he who is hung on a tree

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.13.2018 – Old New Testament: Deu 21.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 20–22 on March 13, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord authorized the death penalty in Israel, but He also wanted things done properly and if they hung a man on a tree, they had to bury him before nightfall,

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God” (Deuteronomy 21.22–23).

Paul quoted this passage in Galatian 3.13 in reference to Jesus, that He saved us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us.


  • Have you thought of Jesus as being cursed?
  • What are all the things that Jesus did for us on the cross/tree?

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