Is "kill" a valid translation for Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill)?

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Exodus 20:13 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill.
Many political statements have been made about this verse. This translation has been used by many to support their pacifist desires. However, it seems that most translations have dropped "kill" in favor of "murder".
Exudos 20:13 (NKJV) You shall not murder.
Is "kill" a valid translation of this word? Why have translations stopped using the word "kill" in favor of "murder"?


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