Compare Translations for Joshua 20:2

Joshua 20:2 ASV
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 BBE
Say to the children of Israel, Let certain towns be marked out as safe places, as I said to you by the mouth of Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 CEB
"Say to the Israelites, ‘Set up refuge cities for yourselves. I spoke to you about these through Moses.
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Joshua 20:2 CJB
"Tell the people of Isra'el, 'Select the cities of refuge about which I spoke to you through Moshe;
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Joshua 20:2 RHE
Appoint cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by the hand of Moses:
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Joshua 20:2 ESV
"Say to the people of Israel, 'Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 GW
"Tell the people of Israel, 'Now choose for yourselves the cities of refuge about which I spoke to you through Moses.
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Joshua 20:2 GNT
to say to the people of Israel, "Choose the cities of refuge that I had Moses tell you about.
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Joshua 20:2 HNV
Speak to the children of Yisra'el, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spoke to you by Moshe,
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Joshua 20:2 CSB
"Tell the Israelites: 'Select your cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 KJV
Speak to the children of Israel, saying , Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:
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Joshua 20:2 LEB
"Speak to the {Israelites}, saying, 'Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through the hand of Moses.
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Joshua 20:2 NAS
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 NCV
"Tell the Israelites to choose the special cities of safety, as I had Moses command you to do.
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Joshua 20:2 NIRV
"Tell the people of Israel to choose the cities to go to for safety, just as I directed you through Moses.
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Joshua 20:2 NIV
"Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 NKJV
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 NLT
"Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses.
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Joshua 20:2 NRS
"Say to the Israelites, "Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 RSV
"Say to the people of Israel, 'Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 DBY
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint for yourselves the cities of refuge, whereof I spoke unto you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 MSG
"Tell the People of Israel: Designate the asylum-cities, as I instructed you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 WBT
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint for you cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by the hand of Moses:
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Joshua 20:2 TMB
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying, `Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spoke unto you by the hand of Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 TNIV
"Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 WEB
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spoke to you by Moses,
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Joshua 20:2 WYC
Speak thou to the sons of Israel, and say thou to them, Separate ye (out) the cities of fugitives, either of men exiled for (the) unwillful shedding of blood, of which cities I spake to you by the hand of Moses, (Speak thou to the Israelites, and say thou to them, Ordain ye the cities of refuge for those who be exiled for the unwillful, or the unintentional, shedding of blood, of which cities I spoke to you by Moses,)
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Joshua 20:2 YLT
`Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, Give for you cities of refuge, as I have spoken unto you by the hand of Moses,
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Joshua 20 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 20

The law concerning the cities of refuge. (1-6) The cities appointed as refuges. (7-9)

Verses 1-6 When the Israelites were settled in their promised inheritance, they were reminded to set apart the cities of refuge, whose use and typical meaning have been explained, Nu 35; De 19. God's spiritual Israel have, and shall have in Christ and heaven, not only rest to repose in, but refuge to secure themselves in. These cities were designed to typify the relief which the gospel provides for penitent sinners, and their protection from the curse of the law and the wrath of God, in our Lord Jesus, to whom believers flee for refuge, ( Hebrews 6:18 ) .

Verses 7-9 These cities, as those also on the other side Jordan, stood so that a man might in half a day reach one of them from any part of the country. God is ever a Refuge at hand. They were all Levites' cities. It was kindness to the poor fugitive, that when he might not go up to the house of the Lord, yet he had the servants of God with him, to instruct him, and pray for him, and to help to make up the want of public ordinances. Some observe a significance in the names of these cities with application to Christ our Refuge. Kedesh signifies holy, and our Refuge is the holy Jesus. Shechem, a shoulder, and the government is upon his shoulder. Hebron, fellowship, and believers are called into the fellowship of Christ Jesus our Lord. Bezer, a fortification, for he is a strong hold to all those that trust in him. Ramoth, high or exalted, for Him hath God exalted with his own right hand. Golan, joy or exultation, for in Him all the saints are justified, and shall glory.

Joshua 20 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 20

Joshua 20:1-6 . THE LORD COMMANDS THE CITIES OF REFUGE.

1-3. The Lord spake unto Joshua . . . Appoint out for you cities of refuge--(See Numbers 35:9-28 , Deuteronomy 19:1-13 ). The command here recorded was given on their going to occupy their allotted settlements. The sanctuaries were not temples or altars, as in other countries, but inhabited cities; and the design was not to screen criminals, but only to afford the homicide protection from the vengeance of the deceased's relatives until it should have been ascertained whether the death had resulted from accident and momentary passion, or from premeditated malice. The institution of the cities of refuge, together with the rules prescribed for the guidance of those who sought an asylum within their walls, was an important provision, tending to secure the ends of justice as well as of mercy.

4. he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city--It was the place of public resort, and on arriving there he related his tale of distress to the elders, who were bound to give him shelter and the means of support, until the local authorities ( Joshua 20:6 ), having carefully investigated the case, should have pronounced the decision. If found guilty, the manslayer was surrendered to the blood-avenger; if extenuating circumstances appeared, he was to remain in the city of refuge, where he would be safe from the vindictive feelings of his pursuers; but he forfeited the privilege of immunity the moment he ventured beyond the walls.

6. until the death of the high priest--His death secured the complete deliverance of the manslayer from his sin, only because he had been anointed with the holy oil ( Numbers 35:25 ), the symbol of the Holy Ghost; and thus the death of the earthly high priest became a type of that of the heavenly one ( Hebrews 9:14 Hebrews 9:15 ).

Joshua 20:7-9 . THE ISRAELITES APPOINT BY NAME THE CITIES OF REFUGE.

7-9. they appointed . . . cities--There were sis: three on the west, and three on the east, of Jordan. In the first instance, they were a provision of the criminal law of the Hebrews, necessary in the circumstances of that people typically to point out the sinner's way to Christ ( Hebrews 6:18 ).