Numbers 35:6-34

Cities of Refuge

6 "The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the 1six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two * cities.
7 "All the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be 2forty-eight * cities, together with their pasture lands.
8 "3As for the cities which you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall take more from the larger and you shall take less from the smaller; each shall give some of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his possession which he inherits."
9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
10 "4Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 5then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your 6cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any person 7unintentionally may flee there.
12 '8The cities shall be to you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands before the congregation for trial.
13 'The cities which you are to give shall be your six cities of refuge.
14 'You 9shall give three cities across * the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan; they are to be cities of refuge.
15 'These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person 10unintentionally may flee there.
16 '11But if he struck him down with an iron object, 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 murderer 12shall surely be put to death.
18 'Or if he struck him with a wooden object 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.
19 'The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him.
20 '13If he pushed him of hatred, or threw something at him 14lying in wait and as a result he died,
21 or 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 blood avenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
23 or with any deadly * object of stone, and without seeing it dropped on him so that he died, while he was not his enemy nor seeking his injury,
25 'The congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the blood avenger, 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 high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
26 'But if the manslayer at any time goes beyond the border of his city of refuge to which he may flee,
27 and the blood avenger finds him outside * the border of his city of refuge, and the blood avenger kills the manslayer, he will not be guilty of blood
28 because he should have remained in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest the manslayer shall return to the land of his possession.
29 'These things shall be for a 17statutory ordinance to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30 '18If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but 19no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
31 'Moreover, you shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
32 'You shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land before the death of the priest.
33 '20So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except * 21by the blood of him who shed it.
34 'You shall not 22defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which 23I dwell; for I the LORD am dwelling in the midst of the sons of Israel.' "
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