FUGITIVE. A translation of five Heb. words with varying shades of meaning. The Heb. bārɩ̂aḥ means “one who flees or escapes” (Isa 15:5), as does mibrāḥ (Ezk 17:21); nûa‘ means “a roamer” “rover,” “wanderer” (Gen 4:12, 14); nōpēl, “a deserter” (2 Kgs 25:11), and likewise pālɩ̂t (Jdg 12:4). See
Fugitive—Gen. 4:12, 14, a rover or wanderer (Heb. na); Judg. 12:4, a refugee, one who has escaped (Heb. palit); 2 Kings 25:11, a deserter, one who has fallen away to the enemy (Heb. nophel); Ezek. 17:21, one who has broken away in flight (Heb. mibrah); Isa. 15:5; 43:14, a breaker away, a fugitive (Heb.
RunawayA runaway, or fugitive, is a person in flight from a threat. The person in flight may be either innocent of wrongdoing or guilty of a crime that necessitated the flight. Related motifs include exile, foreigner, wanderer and outcast, or castaway. The state of a runaway is constant restlessness
FUGITIVE<fu’-ji-tiv> ([פָּלִיט, paliT], from [פָּלַט, palaT], “to escape”; [נָע, nà], from [נוּעַ, nuà], “to waver”; [נֹפֵל, nophel], from [נָפַל, naphal], “to fall”; [בָּריחַ, bariach], [בְּרִיחַ, beriach] and [מִבְרָח, mibhrach], from [בָּרַח, barach], “to flee”): One who flees from danger
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