Cities of Refuge
1 “aWhen° the LORD° your God° cuts° off° the nations°, whose° land° the LORD° your God° gives° you, and you dispossess° them and settle° in their cities° and in their houses°, 2 ayou shall set° aside° three° cities° for yourself in the midst° of your land°, which° the LORD° your God° gives° you to Ipossess°. 3 You shall prepare° the Iroads° for yourself, and divide° into three° parts° the territory° of your land° which° the LORD° your God° will give° you as a possession°, IIso that any° manslayer° may flee° there°.
 aDt 6:10, 11
 ILit possess it aDt 4:41; Jsh 20:2
 ILit road IILit and it shall be for every manslayer to flee there
4 ¶ “aNow this° is the case° of the manslayer° who° may flee° there° and live°: when° he Ikills° his friend° IIunintentionally°°, IIInot hating° him previously°° 5 as when° [a man] goes° into the forest° with his friend° to cut° wood°, and his hand° Iswings° the axe° to cut° down° the tree°, and the iron° [head] slips° off° the IIhandle° and IIIstrikes° his friend° so that he dies°he may flee° to one° of these° cities° and live°; 6 otherwise° the avenger° of blood° might pursue° the manslayer° Iin the heat° of his anger°, and overtake° him, because° the way° is long°, and IItake° his life°, though he was not deserving° of death°, since° he had not hated° him previously°°. 7 Therefore°°, I command° you, saying°, ‘You shall set° aside° three° cities° for yourself.’
 ILit smites IILit without knowledge IIILit and he was not hating him previously aNu 35:9-34
 ILit is thrust with IILit wood IIILit finds
 ILit while his heart is hot IILit smite him in the soul
8 ¶ “If° the LORD° your God° aenlarges° your territory°, just° as He has sworn° to your fathers°, and gives° you all° the land° which° He Ipromised° to give° your fathers° 9 if° you Icarefully° observe° all° this° commandment° which° I command° you today°, ato love° the LORD° your God°, and to walk° in His ways° always°°bthen you shall add° three° more° cities° for yourself, besides° these° three°. 10 So innocent° blood° will not be shed° in the midst° of your land° which° the LORD° your God° gives° you as an inheritance°, and abloodguiltiness° be on you.
11 ¶ “But aif° there is a man° who hates° his neighbor° and lies° in wait° for him and rises° up against° him and strikes° Ihim so that he dies°, and he flees° to one° of these° cities°, 12 then the elders° of his city° shall send° and take° him from there° and deliver° him into the hand° of the avenger° of blood°, that he may die°. 13 IaYou shall not pity° him, but byou shall purge° the blood° of the innocent° from Israel°, that it may go° well° with you.
Laws of Landmark and Testimony
14 ¶ “aYou shall not move° your neighbor’s° boundary° mark, which° the ancestors° have set°, in your inheritance° which° you will inherit° in the land° that the LORD° your God° gives° you to Ipossess°.
15 ¶ “aA single° witness° shall not rise° up against a man° on account of any° iniquity° or any° sin° Iwhich° he has committed°; on the IIevidence° of two° or° three° witnesses° a matter° shall be confirmed°. 16 aIf° a malicious° witness° rises° up against a man° to Iaccuse° him of IIwrongdoing°, 17 then both° the men° who° have the dispute° shall stand° abefore° the LORD°, before° the priests° and the judges° who° will be [in office] in those° days°. 18 The judges° ashall investigate° thoroughly°, and if° the witness° is a false° witness° [and] he has Iaccused° his brother° falsely°, 19 then ayou shall do° to him just° as he had intended° to do° to his brother°. Thus you shall purge° the evil° from among° you. 20 aThe rest° will hear° and be afraid°, and will never° again°° do° such° an evil° thing° among° you. 21 Thus Iayou shall not show° pity°: blife° for life°, ceye° for eye°, tooth° for tooth°, hand° for hand°, foot° for foot°.
 ILit in any sin, which he sins IILit mouth of two witnesses, or by the mouth of three aNu 35:30; Dt 17:6; Mt 18:16; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28
 ILit testify against IILit turning aside aEx 23:1; Ps 27:12
 aDt 17:9
 ILit testified against aDt 25:1
 aPv 19:5
 aDt 17:13; 21:21
 ILit your eye aDt 19:13 bEx 21:23; Lv 24:20 cMt 5:38
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The cities of refuge.
1 ¶ When² the LORDº thy Godº hath cut offºª² the nations,º whose²² landº the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee, and thou succeedestºª them, and dwellestºª in their cities,º and in their houses;º 2 Thou shalt separateºª threeº citiesº for thee in the midstº of thy land,º which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee to possessºª it. 3 Thou shalt prepareºª thee a way,º and divide²² the coastsº of thy land,º which² the LORDº thy Godº giveth thee to inherit,ºª into three parts,¹ª that every² slayerºª may² fleeºª thither.²
 Dt 6:10; 7:1; 12:1, 29; 17:14.
 Ex 21:13; Nu 35:10; Dt 4:41; Jsh 20:2; He 6:18.
 Is 35:8; 57:14; 62:10; He 12:13.
The privilege thereof for the manslayer.
4 ¶ And this² [is] the caseº of the slayer,ºª which² shall fleeºª thither,² that he may live:ºª Whoso² killethºª² his neighbourº ignorantly,¹¹²² whom he² hatedºª not² in time¹² past;¹²² 5 As when a man² goethºª into the woodº with² his neighbourº to hewºª wood,º and his handº fetcheth a strokeºª with the axeº to cut downºª the tree,º and the headº slippethºª from² the helve,º and lighteth¹ª upon²² his neighbour,º that he die;ºª he² shall fleeºª unto² oneº of those² cities,º and live:ºª 6 Lest² the avengerºª of the bloodºª pursueºª² the slayer,º¹ª whileº his heartº is hot,ºª and overtakeºª him, because² the wayº is long,ºª and slayºª him;º whereas he [was] not² worthy¹ of death,º² inasmuch asº he² hatedºª him not² in time¹² past.¹²² 7 Wherefore²² I² commandºª thee, saying,ºª Thou shalt separateºª threeº citiesº for thee. 8 And if² the LORDº thy Godº enlargeºª² thy coast,º as² he hath swornºª unto thy fathers,º and giveºª thee² all² the landº which² he promisedºª to giveºª unto thy fathers;º 9 If² thou shalt keepºª² all² these² commandmentsº to doºª them, which² I² commandºª thee this day,º to loveºª² the LORDº thy God,º and to walk¹ª² everº² in his ways;º then shalt thou addºª threeº citiesº more² for thee, beside² these² three:º 10 That innocentº bloodº be not² shedºª inº thy land,º which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee [for] an inheritance,º and [so] bloodº be² upon² thee.
 Gn 31:2; Nu 35:15; Dt 4:42; 19:6; Jsh 3:4; 1Ch 11:2; Is 30:33.
 Nu 35:25; 2K 6:5; Pv 27:12; Is 32:2.
 Nu 35:12; Dt 19:4; 21:22; Jsh 20:5; 2S 14:7; Jr 26:15.
 Gn 15:18; 28:14; Ex 23:31; 34:24; Dt 11:24; 12:20; 1K 4:21; Ezr 4:20.
 Dt 11:22; 12:32; Jsh 20:7.
 Dt 19:13; 21:8; 1K 2:31; 2K 21:16; 24:4; Ps 94:21; Pv 6:17; Is 59:7; Jr 7:6; Jol 3:19; Jna 1:14; Mt 27:4.
11 ¶ But if² any manº hateºª² his neighbour,º and lie in waitºª for him, and rise upºª against² him, and smiteºª him mortallyº that he die,ºª and fleethºª into² oneº of theseº cities:º 12 Then the eldersº of his cityº shall sendºª and fetchºª him thence,²² and deliverºª him into the handº of the avengerºª of blood,º that he may die.ºª 13 Thine eyeº shall not² pityºª² him, but thou shalt put awayºª [the guilt of] innocentº bloodº from Israel,º² that it may go wellºª with thee.
 Gn 9:6; Ex 21:12; Nu 35:16, 24; Dt 27:24; Pv 28:17.
 1K 2:5, 28.
 Gn 9:6; Lv 24:17, 21; Nu 35:33; Dt 7:16; 13:8; 21:9; 25:12; 2S 21:1, 14; 1K 2:31; Ezk 16:5.
The landmark is not to be removed.
14 ¶ Thou shalt not² removeºª thy neighbour'sº landmark,º which² they of old timeº have setºª in thine inheritance,º which² thou shalt inheritºª in the landº that² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee to possessºª it.
Two witnesses at the least.
15 ¶ Oneº witnessº shall not² rise upºª against a manº for any² iniquity,º or for any² sin,º in any² sinº that² he sinneth:ºª at² the mouthº of twoº witnesses,º or² at² the mouthº of threeº witnesses,º shall the matterº be established.ºª
 Nu 35:30; Dt 17:6; 1K 21:10, 13; Mt 18:16; 26:60; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28; Rv 11:3.
The punishment of a false witness.
16 ¶ If² a falseº witnessº rise upºª against any manº to testifyºª against him [that which is] wrong;º 17 Then bothº the men,¹² between whom² the controversyº [is], shall standºª beforeº the LORD,º beforeº the priestsº and the judges,ºª which² shall be² in those² days;º 18 And the judgesºª shall make diligent¹ª inquisition:ºª² and, behold,² [if] the witnessº [be] a falseº witness,º [and] hath testifiedºª falselyº against his brother;º 19 Then shall ye doºª unto him, as² he had thoughtºª to have doneºª unto his brother:º so shalt thou put¹ª the evil¹ awayºª² from amongº² you. 20 And those which remainºª shall hear,ºª and fear,ºª and shall henceforthºª commitºª no² more² anyº such² evilº amongº you. 21 And thine eyeº shall not² pity;ºª [but] lifeº [shall go] for life,º eyeº for eye,º toothº for tooth,º handº for hand,º footº for foot.º
 Ex 23:1; 1K 21:10; Ps 27:12; 35:11; Mk 14:55; Ac 6:13.
 Dt 17:9; 21:5; Mal 2:7; Mt 23:2.
 Dt 13:14; 17:4; 2Ch 19:6; Jb 19:16.
 Dt 13:5; 17:7; 19:20; 21:20; 22:21, 24; 24:7; Pv 19:5, 9; Jr 14:15; Dn 6:24.
 Dt 13:11; 17:7, 13; 21:21; Pv 21:11; Ro 13:3; 1Ti 5:20.
 Ex 21:23; Lv 24:17; Dt 19:13; Mt 5:38.
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