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1 Then God spoke to Moses on the Plains of Moab at Jordan-Jericho: 1 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, the LORD said to Moses,
2 "Command the People of Israel to give the Levites as their part of the total inheritance towns to live in. Make sure there is plenty of pasture around the towns. 2 "Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live in from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasturelands around the towns.
3 Then they will be well taken care of with towns to live in and pastures for their cattle, flocks, and other livestock. 3 Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for their cattle, flocks and all their other livestock.
4 "The pasture surrounding the Levites' towns is to extend 1,500 feet in each direction from the city wall. 4 "The pasturelands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend out fifteen hundred feet from the town wall.
5 The outside borders of the pasture are to measure three thousand feet on each of the four sides - east, south, west, and north - with the town at the center. Each city will be supplied with pasture. 5 Outside the town, measure three thousand feet on the east side, three thousand on the south side, three thousand on the west and three thousand on the north, with the town in the center. They will have this area as pastureland for the towns.
6 "Six of these towns that you give the Levites will be asylum-cities to which anyone who accidentally kills another person may flee for asylum. In addition, you will give them forty-two other towns - 6 "Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee. In addition, give them forty-two other towns.
7 forty-eight towns in all, together with their pastures. 7 In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands.
8 The towns that you give the Levites from the common inheritance of the People of Israel are to be taken in proportion to the size of each tribe - many towns from a tribe that has many, few from a tribe that has few." 8 The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few."
9 God spoke to Moses: 9 Then the LORD said to Moses:
10 "Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, When you cross the River Jordan into the country of Canaan, 10 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,
11 designate your asylum-cities, towns to which a person who accidentally kills someone can flee for asylum. 11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee.
12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger so that the alleged murderer won't be killed until he can appear before the community in court. 12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that a person accused of murder may not die before he stands trial before the assembly.
13 Provide six asylum-cities. 13 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.
14 Designate three of the towns to the east side of the Jordan, the other three in Canaan proper - asylum-cities 14 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge.
15 for the People of Israel, for the foreigner, and for any occasional visitors or guests - six asylum-cities to run to for anyone who accidentally kills another. 15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites, aliens and any other people living among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.
16 "But if the killer has used an iron object, that's just plain murder; he's obviously a murderer and must be put to death. 16 " 'If a man strikes someone with an iron object so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
17 "Or if he has a rock in his hand big enough to kill and the man dies, that's murder; he's a murderer and must be put to death. 17 Or if anyone has a stone in his hand that could kill, and he strikes someone so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
18 "Or if he's carrying a wooden club heavy enough to kill and the man dies, that's murder; he's a murderer and must be put to death. 18 Or if anyone has a wooden object in his hand that could kill, and he hits someone so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
19 "In such cases the avenger has a right to kill the murderer when he meets him - he can kill him on the spot. 19 The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 "And if out of sheer hatred a man pushes another or from ambush throws something at him and he dies, 20 If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at him intentionally so that he dies
21 or angrily hits him with his fist and kills him, that's murder - he must be put to death. The avenger has a right to kill him when he gets him. 21 or if in hostility he hits him with his fist so that he dies, that person shall be put to death; he is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
22 "If, however, he impulsively pushes someone and there is no history of hard feelings, or he impetuously picks up something and throws it, 22 " 'But if without hostility someone suddenly shoves another or throws something at him unintentionally
23 or he accidentally drops a stone tool - a maul or hammer, say - and it hits and kills someone he didn't even know was there, and there's no suspicion that there was bad blood between them, 23 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,
24 the community is to judge between the killer and the avenger following these guidelines. 24 the assembly must judge between him and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.
25 It's the task of the community to save the killer from the hand of the avenger - the community is to return him to his asylum-city to which he fled. He must stay there until the death of the High Priest who was anointed with the holy oil. 25 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, who was anointed with the holy oil.
26 But if the murderer leaves the asylum-city to which he has fled, 26 " 'But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which he has fled
27 and the avenger finds him outside the borders of his asylum-city, the avenger has a right to kill the murderer. And he's not considered guilty of murder. 27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder.
28 "So it's important that he stay in his asylum-city until the death of the High Priest. After the death of the High Priest he is free to return to his own place. 28 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.
29 "These are the procedures for making judgments from now on, wherever you live. 29 " 'These are to be legal requirements for you throughout the generations to come, wherever you live.
30 "Anyone who kills another may be executed only on the testimony of eyewitnesses. But no one can be executed on the testimony of only one witness. 30 " 'Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.
31 "Don't accept bribe money in exchange for the life of a murderer. He's guilty and deserves the death penalty. Put him to death. 31 " 'Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. He must surely be put to death.
32 "And don't accept bribe money for anyone who has fled to an asylum-city so as to permit him to go back and live in his own place before the death of the High Priest. 32 " 'Do not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a city of refuge and so allow him to go back and live on his own land before the death of the high priest.
33 "Don't pollute the land in which you live. Murder pollutes the land. The land can't be cleaned up of the blood of murder except through the blood of the murderer. 33 " 'Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
34 "Don't desecrate the land in which you live. I live here too - I, God, live in the same neighborhood with the People of Israel." 34 Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.' "