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Joshua 20

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 1 The LORD also spoke to Joshua, saying,

 2 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by the hand of Moses;

 3 That the slayer who kills any person accidentally and unwittingly may flee there, and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.

 4 And when he who flees to one of those cities shall stand at the entrance 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 to them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.

 5 And if the avenger of blood pursues him, then the people of the city shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he killed his neighbor accidentally, without hating before the death.

 6 And he shall dwell in that city, until he has stood at trial before the congregation for judgment, and until the death the one who has been serving as the high priest in those days; then the slayer shall return and come to his own city, and to his own house, to the city from where he fled.'"

 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 dwells among them, so that whoever kills any person at accidentally might flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he has stood at trial before the congregation.


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