Deuteronomy 19:2
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New International Version
then set aside for yourselves three cities in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.

New Living Translation
Then you must set apart three cities of refuge in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

English Standard Version
you shall set apart three cities for yourselves in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.

New American Standard Bible
you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess.

King James Bible
Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you are to set apart three cities for yourselves within the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.

International Standard Version
You must reserve three cities within the land that the LORD your God is about to give you to possess.

NET Bible
you must set apart for yourselves three cities in the middle of your land that the LORD your God is giving you as a possession.

New Heart English Bible
you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When all this is done, set aside three cities in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee to possess it.

New American Standard 1977
you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess.

Jubilee Bible 2000
thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God gives thee to inherit.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess it.

American King James Version
You shall separate three cities for you in the middle of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess it.

American Standard Version
thou shalt set apart three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt separate to thee three cities in the midst of the land, which the Lord will give thee in possession,

Darby Bible Translation
thou shalt separate three cities for thyself in the midst of thy land, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess.

English Revised Version
thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

World English Bible
you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.

Young's Literal Translation
three cities thou dost separate for thee in the midst of thy land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee to possess it.
Study Bible
Cities of Refuge
1"When 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, 2you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess. 3"You shall prepare the roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God will give you as a possession, so that any manslayer may flee there.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:41
Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east,

Deuteronomy 19:3
"You shall prepare the roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God will give you as a possession, so that any manslayer may flee there.

Joshua 20:2
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
Treasury of Scripture

You shall separate three cities for you in the middle of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess it.

separate three cities Unquestionably in imitation of these cities, the heathen had their {asyla} and the Roman Catholics their {privileged altars}; and similar traditions seem to obtain in many barbarous nations, for `the North American Indian nations have most of them either a house or town of refuge, which is a sure asylum to protect a manslayer, or the unfortunate captive, if he once enter it. In almost every Indian nation, there are several towns, which are called old beloved, ancient, holy, or white towns, (white being their fixed emblem of peace, friendship, prosperity, happiness, purity, etc.) They seem to have been formerly towns of refuge; for it is not in the memory of the oldest people that human blood was shed in them.

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sun rise…

Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall …

Numbers 35:10-15 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come …

Joshua 20:2-7 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land,.... From the cities they took possession of and dwelt in; and indeed from the cities of the Levites, which were given to them to inhabit; three were before ordered to be separated from those inhabited by the tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, Deuteronomy 4:41 but these were to be in the midst of the land of Canaan; see Joshua 20:7,

which the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it: which as it is often mentioned when this land is spoken of, so it carries in it a reason here why this order of the Lord's should be readily complied with, the whole land and all the cities of it being the gift of his to them. 2. Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land—Goelism, or the duty of the nearest kinsmen to avenge the death of a slaughtered relative, being the customary law of that age (as it still is among the Arabs and other people of the East), Moses incorporated it in an improved form with his legislative code. For the protection of the unintentional homicide, he provided certain cities of refuge—three had been destined for this purpose on the east of Jordan (De 4:41; Nu 35:11); three were to be invested with the same privilege on the west of that river when Canaan should be conquered.

in the midst of thy land—in such a position that they would be conspicuous and accessible, and equidistant from the extremities of the land and from each other.19:1-13 Here is the law settled between the blood of the murdered, and the blood of the murderer; provision is made, that the cities of refuge should be a protection, so that a man should not die for that as a crime, which was not his willing act. In Christ, the Lord our Righteousness, refuge is provided for those who by faith flee unto him. But there is no refuge in Jesus Christ for presumptuous sinners, who go on still in their trespasses. Those who flee to Christ from their sins, shall be safe in him, but not those who expect to be sheltered by him in their sins.
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