“Accept atonement, O LORD, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed” (v8). The Mosaic Law acknowledged that in some murder cases, the truth was unknowable. Then it was the responsibility for elders and priests to acknowledge the crime and make an atonement sacrifice to God. The Mosaic Law also tried to protect the rights of war brides and other women (v13,15) so that the vulnerable would not be exploited. In all cases, the priests made regular “atonement” for the nation, because sin was always present.
“When you do what is right in the sight of the Lord …” (v9). Even in our imperfect societies, as far as it lies with us, God calls us to “do what is right.”