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1 In the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 1 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, the LORD said to Moses,
2 Command the Israelites to give, from the inheritance that they possess, towns for the Levites to live in; you shall also give to the Levites pasture lands surrounding 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 The towns shall be theirs to live in, and their pasture lands shall be for their cattle, for their livestock, and for all their animals. 3 Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for their cattle, flocks and all their other livestock.
4 The pasture lands of the towns, which you shall give to the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the town outward a thousand cubits all around. 4 "The pasturelands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend out fifteen hundred feet from the town wall.
5 You shall measure, outside the town, for the east side two thousand cubits, for the south side two thousand cubits, for the west side two thousand cubits, and for the north side two thousand cubits, with the town in the middle; this shall belong to them as pasture land for their towns. 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 The towns that you give to the Levites shall include the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit a slayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two 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 The towns that you give to the Levites shall total forty-eight, with their pasture lands. 7 In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands.
8 And as for the towns that you shall give from the possession of the Israelites, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it obtains, shall give of its towns to the Levites. 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 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 9 Then the LORD said to Moses:
10 Speak to the Israelites, and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 10 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,
11 then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, so that a slayer who kills a person without intent may flee there. 11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee.
12 The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, so that the slayer may not die until there is a trial before the congregation. 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 The cities that you designate shall be six cities of refuge for you: 13 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.
14 you shall designate three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge. 14 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge.
15 These six cities shall serve as refuge for the Israelites, for the resident or transient alien among them, so that anyone who kills a person without intent may flee there. 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 anyone who strikes another with an iron object, and death ensues, is a murderer; the murderer shall 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 anyone who strikes another with a stone in hand that could cause death, and death ensues, is a murderer; the murderer shall 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 anyone who strikes another with a weapon of wood in hand that could cause death, and death ensues, is a murderer; the murderer shall 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 The avenger of blood is the one who shall put the murderer to death; when they meet, the avenger of blood shall execute the sentence. 19 The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 Likewise, if someone pushes another from hatred, or hurls something at another, lying in wait, and death ensues, 20 If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at him intentionally so that he dies
21 or in enmity strikes another with the hand, and death ensues, then the one who struck the blow shall be put to death; that person is a murderer; the avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death, when they meet. 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 But if someone pushes another suddenly without enmity, or hurls any object without lying in wait, 22 " 'But if without hostility someone suddenly shoves another or throws something at him unintentionally
23 or, while handling any stone that could cause death, unintentionally drops it on another and death ensues, though they were not enemies, and no harm was intended, 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 then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these ordinances; 24 the assembly must judge between him and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.
25 and the congregation shall rescue the slayer from the avenger of blood. Then the congregation shall send the slayer back to the original city of refuge. The slayer shall live in it 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 slayer shall at any time go outside the bounds of the original city of refuge, 26 " 'But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which he has fled
27 and is found by the avenger of blood outside the bounds of the city of refuge, and is killed by the avenger, no bloodguilt shall be incurred. 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 For the slayer must remain in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest; but after the death of the high priest the slayer may return home. 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 things shall be a statute and ordinance for you throughout your generations wherever you live. 29 " 'These are to be legal requirements for you throughout the generations to come, wherever you live.
30 If anyone kills another, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses; but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of a single 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 Moreover you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer who is subject to the death penalty; a murderer must be put 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 Nor shall you accept ransom for one who has fled to a city of refuge, enabling the fugitive to return to live in the land 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 You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. 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 You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the Israelites. 34 Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.' "