The Cities of Refuge – Joshua 20

Joshua 20:1 The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying, 

Joshua 20:2  Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you  cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of  Moses: 

Joshua 20:3 That the slayer that killeth any person  unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall  be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 

Joshua 20:4 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. 

Joshua 20:5 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. 

Joshua 20:6 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.  

Joshua 20:7 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount  Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjath-arba,  which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. 

Joshua 20:8 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. 

Joshua 20:9 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.  

KJV

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