The Lots of the Levites1 And the lord spoke to Moses upon the descent of Moab, by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying, 2 Give orders to the sons of Israel! and they shall give to the Levites from the lots of their possession cities to dwell in; and the outskirts of the cities round about them you shall give to the Levites. 3 And [3shall be 1the 2cities] to dwell in. And their separation offerings of lands will be for their cattle and all their four-footed animals. 4 And the lands falling in with the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, shall be from the wall of the city and outside -- a thousand cubits round about. 5 And you shall measure outside the city -- the side the one towards the east -- two thousand cubits; and the side the one towards the south -- two thousand cubits; and the side the one towards the west -- two thousand cubits; and the side the one towards the north -- two thousand cubits; and the city between this will be for you, and the adjoining areas of the cities.
Cities of Refuge6 And the cities which you shall give to the Levites are the six cities of the places of refuge, which you shall give [3to flee 4there 1for the 2one man-slaying]; and in addition to these, forty two cities. 7 All the cities which you shall give to the Levites are forty and eight cities, these and their outskirts. 8 And the cities which you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, from the ones having many will be many; and from the ones having less will be less; each according to his inheritance which they shall allot, they shall give from the cities to the Levites. 9 And the lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 Speak to the sons of Israel! and you shall say to them, You are passing over the Jordan into the land of Canaan. 11 And you shall draw apart to you for them cities for them; [2places of refuge 1they will be] to you [3to flee 4there 1for the 2man-slayer]; any one striking a soul unintentionally. 12 And they will be cities for you as places of refuge from the one acting as next of kin for blood, that in no way should [3die 1the one 2man-slaying] until whenever he should stand before the congregation for judgment. 13 And the cities which you shall appoint -- the six cities -- [2places of refuge 1will be] for you. 14 Three cities you shall appoint on the other side of the Jordan, and three cities you shall appoint in the land of Canaan. 15 A place of refuge they will be to the sons of Israel. And to the foreigner and to the sojourner among you [2will be 1these cities] for a place of refuge to flee there to all striking a soul unintentionally. 16 And if by an item of iron one should strike him, and he should come to an end -- that one is a murderer -- unto death let [3be put to death 1the 2murderer]! 17 And if by a stone from the hand in which one should die by it, then the one who should strike him, even he should die, he is a murderer -- unto death let [3be put to death 1the 2murderer]! 18 And if by an item of wood from his hand of which one should die, as he should strike him, and one should die, he is a murderer -- unto death [3shall die 1the 2murderer]! 19 The one acting as next of kin for blood, this one shall kill the one man-slaying; whenever he meets him, this one shall kill him. 20 And if through hatred he should thrust him through or should cast upon him any item by ambush, and he should die, 21 or through vehement anger he strikes him by the hand, and he should die -- to death let [3be put to death 1the one 2striking], he is a murderer! The one acting as next of kin for blood shall kill the one man-slaying in the meeting up with him. 22 But if suddenly, [2not 3by 4hatred 1he should thrust him through], or cast upon him any item, not from ambush, 23 or any stone in which he shall die by it, not knowing, and he should fall upon him, and he should die, but he [2not 3his enemy 1was], nor seeking to do evil against him; 24 then [3shall judge 1the 2congregation] between the one striking and between the one acting as next of kin for blood, according to these cases. 25 And [3shall rescue 1the 2congregation] the one man-slaying from the one acting as next of kin for blood; and [3shall restore 4him 1the 2congregation] into the city of his place of refuge, of which he took refuge; and he shall dwell there until whenever [4should die 1the 3priest 2great], whom they anointed him [3oil 1with the 2holy]. 26 But if by an exit [3should come forth from 1the one 2man-slaying] the borders of the city in which he took refuge there, 27 and [4should find 5him 1the one 2acting as next of kin 3for blood] outside the borders of the city of his refuge, and [4should slaughter 1the one 2acting as next of kin 3for blood] the one man-slaying, [2not 3liable 1is he]? 28 For in the city of his refuge let him dwell until [4should die 3priest 1the 2great]! And after the dying of the [2priest 1great] [3will be able to return 1the one 2man-slaying] unto the land of his possession. 29 And these things will be to you for an ordinance of judgment unto your generations in all your dwellings. 30 Every one striking a soul, with witnesses, you shall slaughter the one man-slaying; and [2witness 1one] shall not witness for a soul to die. 31 And you shall not take ransoms for a soul from the one murdering -- the [2liable 1one being] is to be done away with, for unto death he shall be put to death. 32 And you shall not take ransoms for the one fleeing into a city of the places of refuge, to again dwell in the land, until whenever [4should die 1the 3priest 2great]. 33 And in no way should you pollute with murder the land upon which you dwell upon it; for this blood pollutes [3by murder 1the 2land], and [3shall not 4be atoned 1the 2land] from the blood having been poured out upon it, but it shall be upon the blood of the one pouring it out. 34 And you shall not defile the land upon which you dwell upon it, of which I should encamp among you. For I am the lord encamping in the midst of the sons of Israel.
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