NASB — Joshua 20 — KJV

Six Cities of Refuge

1 Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘IDesignate athe cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you IIthrough Moses, 3 that the manslayer who Ikills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the agate of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall Itake him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them. 5 Now aif 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. 6 He shall dwell in that city auntil he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall Ireturn to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’”

[2] ILit Set for yourselves IILit by the hand of aNu 35:6-34; Dt 4:41-43; 19:2ff
[3] ILit smites
[4] ILit gather aRu 4:1; Jb 5:4; Jr 38:7
[5] aNu 35:12
[6] ILit return and come aNu 35:12

7 ¶ So they Iset apart aKedesh in IIGalilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in bthe hill country of Judah. 8 Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they Idesignated 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 aThese were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever Ikills any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.

[7] ILit sanctified IIHeb Galil aJsh 21:32; 1Ch 6:76 bJsh 21:11; Lk 1:39
[8] ILit set
[9] ILit smites aNu 35:13ff


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God commandeth,

1 ¶ The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying, 2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: 3 That the slayer that killeth [any] person unawares [and] unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them. 5 And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his neighbour unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime. 6 And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the congregation for judgment, [and] until the death of the high priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he fled.

[1] Jsh 5:14; 6:2; 7:10; 13:1.
[2] Ex 21:13; Nu 35:6, 11, 15; Dt 4:41; 19:2; Ro 8:1, 33; He 6:18.
[4] Ru 4:1; Jb 5:4; 29:7; Ps 26:9; Pv 31:23; Jr 38:7; He 6:18.
[5] Nu 35:12, 25.
[6] Nu 35:12, 24; He 9:26.

and the children of Israel appoint the six cities of refuge.

7 ¶ And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which [is] Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. 8 And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. 9 These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth [any] person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.

[7] Gn 33:18; Jsh 14:15; 21:11, 13, 21, 32; 1Ch 6:76; 2Ch 10:1; Lk 1:39.
[8] Dt 4:43; Jsh 21:27, 36, 38; 1K 22:3, 6; 1Ch 6:78, 80.
[9] Nu 35:15; Jsh 20:4, 6.


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