1 “aWhen the Lord your God cuts off the nations, whose land the Lord your God gives you, and you dispossess them and settle in their cities and in their houses,
5 as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand 1swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the 2handle and 3strikes his friend so that he dies—he may flee to one of these cities and live;
6 otherwise the avenger of blood might pursue the manslayer 1in the heat of his anger, and overtake him, because the way is long, and 2take his life, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated him previously.
9 if you 1carefully observe all this commandment which I command you today, ato love the Lord your God, and to walk in His ways always—bthen you shall add three more cities for yourself, besides these three.
10 “So innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and abloodguiltiness be on you.
17 then both the men who have the dispute shall stand abefore the Lord, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.
19 then ayou shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
20 “aThe rest will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such an evil thing among you.
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