Cities of Refuge
20:1 The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying,
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:
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.
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.
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 neighbor unwittingly, and hated him not
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.
20:7 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali,
and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is
Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.
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.
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.