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Six Cities of Refuge
1 Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, `Designate F230 the R367 cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through F231 Moses, 3 that the manslayer who kills F232 any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 `He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate R368 of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall take F233 him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them. 5 `Now if R369 the avenger of blood pursues him, then they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor without premeditation and did not hate him beforehand. 6 `He shall dwell in that city until R370 he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall return F234 to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.' "
7 So they set F235 apart Kedesh R371 in Galilee F236 in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the R372 hill country of Judah. 8 Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they designated F237 Bezer in the wilderness on the plain from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh. 9 These R373 were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills F238 any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.
F230: Lit Set for yourselves
F231: Lit by the hand of
F232: Lit smites
F233: Lit gather
F234: Lit return and come
F235: Lit sanctified
F236: Hebrew Galil
F237: Lit set
F238: Lit smites
R367: Numbers 35:6-34; Deuteronomy 4:41-43; 19:2ff
R368: Ruth 4:1; Job 1:5:4; Jeremiah 38:7
R369: Numbers 35:12
R370: Numbers 35:12
R371: Joshua 21:32; 1 Chronicles 6:76
R372: Joshua 21:11; Luke 1:39
R373: Numbers 35:13ff
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