1 aNow the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho, saying,
4 “The pasture lands of the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall extend from the wall of the city 1outward a thousand cubits around.
5 “You shall also measure outside 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, with the city in the center. This shall become theirs as pasture lands for the cities.
6 “The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the asix cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.
8 “aAs for the cities which you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall take more from the larger and you shall take less from the smaller; each shall give some of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his possession which he inherits.”
10 “aSpeak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
16 ‘aBut if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17 ‘If he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which he will die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer ashall surely be put to death.
21 or if he struck him down with his hand in enmity, and as a result he died, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death, he is a murderer; the blood avenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
22 ‘aBut if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or threw something at him without lying in wait,
23 or with any 1deadly object of stone, and without seeing it dropped on him so that he died, while he was not his enemy nor seeking his injury,
24 then athe congregation shall judge between the slayer and the blood avenger according to these ordinances.
25 ‘The congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the blood avenger, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he fled; and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
29 ‘These things shall be for a astatutory ordinance to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
32 ‘You shall not take ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to live in the land 1before the death of the priest.
33 ‘aSo you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except bby the blood of him who shed it.
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