Numbers 35

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1 And Jehovah spoke to Moses in the deserts of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,

2 Command the sons of Israel, that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their possession, cities to dwell·​·in; and you shall give also to the Levites suburbs* for the cities all around them.

3 And the cities shall be for them to dwell·​·in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their beasts, and for their acquisition, and for all their animals.

4 And the suburbs of the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outside a thousand cubits all around.

5 And you shall measure from outside the city on the east quarter two·​·thousand in cubits, and on the south quarter two·​·thousand in cubits, and on the west quarter two·​·thousand in cubits, and on the north quarter two·​·thousand in cubits; and the city shall be in the midst; this shall be for them the suburbs of the cities.

6 And with the cities which you shall give to the Levites there shall be six cities of refuge, which you shall give that the manslayer* may flee thither; and above them you shall give forty and two cities.

7 So all the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities, them and their suburbs.

8 And the cities which you shall give shall be from the possession of the sons of Israel; from those with many you shall give many; and from those with few you shall give few; each shall give from his cities to the Levites according to his inheritance which they inherit.

9 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

10 Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, When you have crossed·​·over the Jordan to the land of Canaan,

11 and you shall select* for yourselves favorable cities, which* will be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer may flee thither, who smites a soul in ignorance*.

12 And they shall be to you cities for refuge from the redeemer, that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

13 And the cities which you shall give, shall be six cities of refuge for you.

14 You shall give three cities from across the Jordan, and three cities you shall give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.

15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the sojourner, and for the lodger in their midst, that he who smites any soul in ignorance may flee thither.

16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, and he die, he is a murderer; the murderer dying shall be made to die.

17 And if he smite him with a stone in hand, with which he could die, and he die, a murderer is he; the murderer dying shall be put·​·to·​·death.

18 Or if he smite him with a hand weapon of wood, by which he could die, and he die, a murderer is he; the murderer dying shall be put·​·to·​·death.

19 The redeemer of blood, he shall put· the murderer ·to·​·death; when he comes·​·upon him, he shall put· him ·to·​·death.

20 And if he push him in hatred, or cast him down in stalking him, and he die,

21 or in enmity smite him with his hand, and he die; he who smote him dying shall be put·​·to·​·death; for he is a murderer; the redeemer of blood shall put· the murderer ·to·​·death when he comes·​·upon him.

22 But if he push him suddenly without enmity, or cast upon him any vessel without stalking him,

23 or with any stone, with which he may die, seeing him not, and made it fall upon him, and he die, and he was not an enemy to him, and sought not his evil;

24 then the congregation shall judge between the smiter and the redeemer of blood concerning these judgments;

25 and the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the redeemer of blood, and the congregation shall return him to the city of his refuge, to which he fled; and he shall dwell in her until the death of the great priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.

26 But if the manslayer going·​·out shall go·​·out of the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled,

27 and the redeemer of blood find him outside the borders of the city of his refuge, and the redeemer of blood murder the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood;

28 because he should have dwelt in the city of his refuge until the death of the great priest; but after the death of the great priest the manslayer shall return into the land of his possession.

29 And these things shall be for a statute of judgment to you for your generations in all your dwellings.

30 Whoever smites any soul, the murderer shall be murdered at the mouth of witnesses; but one witness shall not answer against a soul to cause him to die.

31 And you shall not take atonement for the soul of a murderer, who he, being wicked is to·​·die; but dying he shall be put·​·to·​·death.

32 And you shall not take atonement for him who has fled to the city of his refuge, for him to return to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

33 And you shall not contaminate the land in which you are, for the blood, it contaminates the land; and there is no atonement for the land for the blood that is shed in her, other·​·than by the blood of him who shed it.

34 And defile not the land in which you shall dwell, in the midst of which I abide; for I, Jehovah, abide in the midst of the sons of Israel.

  
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