Joshua 20

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1 And Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

2 Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, Appoint* for yourselves cities of refuge of which I spoke to you by the hand of Moses;

3 that the manslayer who smites a soul* in ignorance without knowledge may flee thither; and they shall be to you for a refuge from the redeemer of blood.

4 And he shall flee to one of these cities, and stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and he shall speak his words in the ears of the elders of that city, and they shall take him into the city to them, and give to him a place, and he shall dwell with them.

5 And if the redeemer of blood pursue after him, then they shall not deliver* the manslayer into his hand, for he smote his companion without knowing, and he was not hating him from yesterday and the day before*.

6 And he shall dwell in that city until he stand before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the great priest who shall be in those days; then shall the manslayer return and come out to his own city and to his own house, to the city from whence he fled.

7 And they sanctified Kedesh in Galilee in Mount Naphtali, and Shechem in the mountain of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba, it is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.

8 And from across Jordan by Jericho toward the sunrise they gave Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau 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 are the cities of congregating for all the sons of Israel, and for the sojourner who sojourns in their midst, that everyone who smites a soul in ignorance might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the redeemer of blood until he stand before the congregation.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.