the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,
2Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession
cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them.
3And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall
be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.
4And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of
the city and outward a thousand cubits round about.
ye shall measure from without the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and
on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this
shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.
among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the
manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.
7So all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye
give with their suburbs.
8And the cities which
ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from
them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which
9And the LORD spake unto Moses,
10Speak unto the children of Israel,
and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
11Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither,
which killeth any person at unawares.
they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation
13And of these cities which ye
shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.
shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of
15These six cities shall be a refuge,
both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person
unawares may flee thither.
16And if he smite
him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and
he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
18Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer:
the murderer shall surely be put to death.
revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.
20But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die;
21Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him
shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.
22But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any
thing without laying of wait,
23Or with any
stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his
24Then the congregation shall judge
between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments:
25And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation
shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest,
which was anointed with the holy oil.
if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled;
27And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of
his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood:
28Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but
after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.
29So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your
30Whoso killeth any person, the
murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him
31Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction
for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.
32And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should
come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.
ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood
that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.