9 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, Ye are to cross over Jordan into the land of Chanaan. 11 And ye shall appoint to yourselves cities: they shall be to you cities of refuge for the slayer to flee to, every one who has 4killed another unintentionally. 12 And the cities shall be
15 It shall be a place of refuge for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for him that sojourns among you; these cities shall be for a place of refuge for every one to flee thither who has killed a man unintentionally.
16 And if he should smite him with an iron instrument, and the man should die, he is a murderer; let the murderer by all means be put to death. 17 And if he should smite him with a stone thrown from his hand, whereby a man may die, and he thus die, he is a murderer; let the murderer by all means be put to death. 18 And if he should smite him with an instrument of wood from his hand, whereby he may die, and he thus die, he is a murderer; let the murderer by all means be put to death.
19 The avenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: whensoever he shall meet him he shall slay him. 20 And if he should thrust him through enmity, or cast any thing upon him from an ambuscade, and the man should die, 21 or if he have smitten him with his hand through anger, and the man should die, let the man that smote him be put to death by all means, he is a murderer: let the murderer by all means be put to death: the avenger of blood shall slay the murderer when he meets him.
22 But if he should thrust him suddenly, not through enmity, or cast 6any thing upon him, not from an ambuscade, 23 or smite him with any stone, whereby a man may die, unawares, and it should all upon him, and he should die, but he was not his enemy, nor sought to hurt him; 24 then the assembly shall judge between the smiter and the avenger of blood, according to these judgments. 25 And the congregation shall rescue the slayer from the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge, whither he fled for refuge; and he shall dwell there till the death of the high-priest, whom they anointed with the holy oil.
26 But if the slayer should in any wise go out beyond the bounds of the city whither he fled for refuge, 27 and the avenger of blood should find him without the bounds of the city of his refuge, and the avenger of blood should kill the slayer, he is not guilty. 28 For 7he ought to have remained in the city of refuge till the high-priest died; and after the death of the high-priest the slayer shall return to the land of his possession.
29 And these things shall be to you for an ordinance of judgment throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 30 Whoever 8kills a man, thou shalt slay the murderer 9on the testimony of witnesses; and one witness shall not testify against a soul that he should die. 31 And ye shall not accept ransoms for life from a murderer who
1 Or, lots.
2 i. e. the Levites.
3 Or, districts, i. e. spaces marked off. Gr. special offerings of land, q. d. glebe lands. This latter sense is probably the right one here.
4 Gr. smitten a life.
5 Gr. him that as kinsman represents the blood.
6 Gr. any vessel or weapon.
7 Gr. let him remain.
8 Gr. smites a life.
9 Gr. by witnesses.
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