Joshua 20

Six Cities of Refuge

1Then the  Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 2Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘
Lit Set for yourselves
Designate b  the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you
Lit by the hand of
through Moses,
3that the manslayer who
Lit smites
kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.
4He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the e  gate of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall
Lit gather
take him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them.
5‘Now g  if 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. 6He shall dwell in that city h  until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall
Lit return and come
return to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’”

7So they
Lit sanctified
set apart k  Kedesh in
Heb Galil
Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in m  the hill country of Judah.
8Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they
Lit set
designated 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 o  These were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever
Lit smites
kills any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.
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