The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death; when the avenger comes upon the murderer, the avenger shall put the murderer to death.
If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionally so that they die
or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is to be put to death; that person is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when they meet.
“ ‘But if without enmity someone suddenly pushes another or throws something at them unintentionally
or, without seeing them, drops on them a stone heavy enough to kill them, and they die, then since that other person was not an enemy and no harm was intended,
the assembly must judge between the accused and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.
The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.
“ ‘But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which they fled
and the avenger of blood finds them outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder.
The accused must stay in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest may they return to their own property.
“ ‘This is to have the force of law for you throughout the generations to come, wherever you live.
“ ‘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.