11Now the LORDspoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho, saying,
2"Command the sons of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their possessioncities to live in; and you shall give to the Levitespasturelandsaround the cities.
"The cities shall be theirs to live in; and their pasturelands shall be for their cattle and for their herds and for all their beasts.
"The pasturelands of the citieswhich you shall give to the Levites shall extend from the wall of the cityaoutward a thousandcubitsaround.
"You shall also measureoutside the city on the eastside two thousandcubits, and on the southside two thousandcubits, and on the westside two thousandcubits, and on the northside two thousandcubits, with the city in the center. This shall becometheirs as pasturelands for the cities.
"The citieswhich you shall give to the Levites shall be the 2sixcities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall giveforty-twocities.
7"All the citieswhich you shall give to the Levites shall be 3forty-eightcities, btogether with their pasturelands.
"4As for the citieswhich you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall takemore from the larger and you shall takeless from the smaller; each shall givesome of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his possessionwhich he inherits."
Then the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
"5Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
116then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your 7cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has ckilled any person8unintentionally may fleethere.
'9The cities shall be to you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not dieuntil he standsbefore the congregation for dtrial.
'The citieswhich you are to give shall be your sixcities of refuge.
'You 10shall givethreecitiesacross the Jordan and threecitiesein the land of Canaan; they are to be cities of refuge.
15'Thesesixcities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourneramong them; that anyone who fkills a person11unintentionally may fleethere.
'12But if he struck him down with an ironobject, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17'If he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which he will die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer13shall surely be put to death.
18'Or if he struck him with a woodenobject in the hand, by which he might die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
'The bloodavengerhimself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him.
'14If he pushed him of hatred, orthrew something at him 15lying in wait and as a result he died,
21or if he struck him down with his hand in enmity, and as a result he died, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death, he is a murderer; the bloodavenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
'16But if he pushed him suddenlywithoutenmity, orthrewsomething at him withoutlying in wait,
23or with anygdeadly object of stone, and withoutseeing it dropped on him so that he died, while he was not his enemynorseeking his injury,
then 17the congregation shall judgebetween the slayer and the bloodavengeraccording to theseordinances.
'The congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the bloodavenger, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he fled; and he shall live in it until the death of the highpriestwho was anointed with the holyoil.
'But if the manslayer at anytimegoesbeyond the border of his city of refuge to which he may flee,
and the bloodavengerfinds him outside the border of his city of refuge, and the bloodavengerkills the manslayer, he will not be guilty of blood28because he should have remained in his city of refugeuntil the death of the highpriest. But after the death of the highpriest the manslayer shall return to the land of his possession.
29'Thesethings shall be for a 18statutoryordinance to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
'19If anyonekills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the hevidence of witnesses, but 20noperson shall be put to death on the testimony of onewitness.
'Moreover, you shall not takeransom for the life of a murdererwho is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
'You shall not takeransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the landibefore the death of the priest.
'21So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for bloodpollutes the land and noexpiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except22by the blood of him who shed it.
'You shall not 23defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which24I dwell; for I the LORD am dwelling in the midst of the sons of Israel.' "