Deuteronomy 191And when the Lord your God shall have destroyed the nations, which God gives you, even the land, and you shall inherit them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses, 2you shall separate for yourself three cities in the midst of your land, which the Lord your God gives you. 3Take a survey of your way, and you shall divide the coasts of your land, which the Lord your God apportions to you, into three parts, and there shall be there a refuge for every manslayer. 4And this shall be the ordinance of the manslayer who shall flee there, and shall live, whosoever has killed his neighbor ignorantly, seeing that he did not hate him in times past. 5And whoever shall enter with his neighbor into the thicket, to gather wood, if the hand of him that cuts wood with the ax should be violently shaken, and the axhead should fall off from the handle and strike his neighbor, and he should die, then he shall flee to one of these cities, and live. 6Lest the avenger of blood pursue after the manslayer, because his heart is hot, and overtake him, if the way be too long, and kill him, though there is to this man no sentence of death, because he did not hate him in times past. 7Therefore I command you, saying, You shall separate for yourself three cities. 8And if the Lord shall enlarge your borders, as He swore to your fathers, and the Lord shall give to you all the land which He said he would give to your fathers; 9if you shall hearken to do all these commands which I charge you this day, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways continually, you shall add for yourself yet three cities to these three. 10So innocent blood shall not be spilled in the land which the Lord your God gives you to inherit, and there shall not be in you one guilty of blood. 11But if there should be in you a man hating his neighbor, and he should lay wait for him, and rise up against him, and strike him, that he die, and he should flee to one of these cities, 12then shall the elders of his city send, and take him from there, and they shall deliver him into the hands of the avengers of blood, and he shall die. 13Your eye shall not spare him; so shall you purge innocent blood from Israel, and it shall be well with you. 14You shall not move the landmarks of your neighbor, which your fathers set in the inheritance, in which you have obtained a share in the land, which the Lord your God gives you to inherit. 15One witness shall not stand to testify against a man for any iniquity, or for any fault, or for any sin which he may commit; by the mouth of two witnesses, or by the mouth of three witnesses, shall every word be established. 16And if an unjust witness rise up against a man, alleging iniquity against him, 17then shall the two men between whom the controversy is, stand before the Lord, and before the priests, and before the judges, who may be in those days. 18And the judges shall make diligent inquiry; and behold, if an unjust witness has borne unjust testimony, and has stood up against his brother, 19then shall you do to him as he wickedly devised to do against his brother, and you shall remove the evil from yourselves. 20And the rest shall hear and fear, and do no more according to this evil thing in the midst of you. 21Your eye shall not spare him; you shall exact life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot.
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