Numbers 35:4

Overview - Numbers 35
Eight and forty cities for the Levites, with their suburbs, and measure thereof.
Six of them are to be cities of refuge.
The laws of murder and manslaughter.
31 No satisfaction for murder.
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Numbers 35:4  (King James Version)
And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about.

thousand cubits
The Septuagint reads [dischilious pecheis] "two thousand cubits," as in the following verse; but this reading is not acknowledged by any other ancient version, except the Coptic, nor by any of the MSS
collated by Kennicott and De Rossi. Various modes have been proposed for reconciling the accounts in these two verses, which appear in general to require full as much explanation as the text itself. The explanation of Maimonides is the only one that is intelligible, and appears perfectly satisfactory. "The suburbs," says he, "of the cities are expressed in the law to be Numbers 35:3 Numbers 35:000 ; cubits on every side, from the wall of the city and outwards. The first Numbers 35:1 Numbers 35:000 ; cubits are the suburbs; and the Numbers 35:2 Numbers 35:000 ; which they measured without the suburbs, were for fields and vineyards." The whole therefore, of the city, suburbs, fields, and vineyards, may be represented by the following diagram:--
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