Numbers 35:12

12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.

Read Numbers 35:12 Using Other Translations

And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.
The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment.
These cities will be places of protection from a dead person’s relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community.
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