The avenger of blood1 shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.220
If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at him intentionally3 so that he dies
or if in hostility he hits him with his fist so that he dies, that person shall be put to death;4 he is a murderer. The avenger of blood5 shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
" 'But if without hostility someone suddenly shoves another or throws something at him unintentionally623
or, without seeing him, drops a stone on him that could kill him, and he dies, then since he was not his enemy and he did not intend to harm him,
the assembly7 must judge between him and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.
The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send him back to the city of refuge to which he fled. He must stay there until the death of the high priest,8 who was anointed9 with the holy oil.1026
" 'But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which he has fled
and the avenger of blood finds him outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder.
The accused must stay in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest may he return to his own property.
" 'These are to be legal requirements11 for you throughout the generations to come,12 wherever you live.13