Deuteronomy 19:4
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New International Version
This is the rule concerning anyone who kills a person and flees there for safety--anyone who kills a neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought.

New Living Translation
"If someone kills another person unintentionally, without previous hostility, the slayer may flee to any of these cities to live in safety.

English Standard Version
“This is the provision for the manslayer, who by fleeing there may save his life. If anyone kills his neighbor unintentionally without having hated him in the past—

New American Standard Bible
"Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he kills his friend unintentionally, not hating him previously--

King James Bible
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Here is the law concerning a case of someone who kills a person and flees there to save his life, having killed his neighbor accidentally without previously hating him:

International Standard Version
"Now this is the situation for any killer who flees there to live: suppose he strikes his friend unwittingly, not having hated him previously.

NET Bible
Now this is the law pertaining to one who flees there in order to live, if he has accidentally killed another without hating him at the time of the accident.

New Heart English Bible
This is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unawares, and did not hate him in time past;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who unintentionally kills someone he never hated in the past may run to one of these cities to save his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee thither and live: whoso killeth his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in time past;

New American Standard 1977
“Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he kills his friend unintentionally, not hating him previously—

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this is the case of the manslayer who is to flee there, that he may live: whoever kills his neighbour by mistake, whom he hated not in time past;

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the case of the manslayer, who shall flee there, that he may live: Whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, whom he hated not in time past;

American King James Version
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoever kills his neighbor ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

American Standard Version
And this is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee thither and live: whoso killeth his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in time past;

Douay-Rheims Bible
This shall be the law of the slayer that fleeth, whose life is to be saved: He that killeth his neighbour ignorantly, and who is proved to have had no hatred against him yesterday and the day before:

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the case of the slayer who shall flee thither that he may live: he that smiteth his neighbour unwittingly, whom he hated not previously;

English Revised Version
And this is the case of the manslayer, which shall flee thither and live: whoso killeth his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in time past;

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the case of the slayer, who shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoever killeth his neighbor ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

World English Bible
This is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past;

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the matter of the man-slayer who fleeth thither, and hath lived: He who smiteth his neighbour unknowingly, and is not hating him heretofore,
Study Bible
Cities of Refuge
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. 4"Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he kills his friend unintentionally, not hating him previously-- 5as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the handle and strikes his friend so that he dies-- he may flee to one of these cities and live;…
Cross References
Numbers 35:9
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 35:12
'The cities shall be to you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands before the congregation for trial.

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.

Deuteronomy 19:5
as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the handle and strikes his friend so that he dies-- he may flee to one of these cities and live;

2 Samuel 14:11
Then she said, "Please let the king remember the LORD your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son." And he said, "As the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground."
Treasury of Scripture

And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoever kills his neighbor ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

the slayer

Deuteronomy 4:42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbor …

Numbers 35:15-24 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, …

in time past [heb] from yesterday to the third day

Deuteronomy 19:6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart …

Genesis 31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not …

Joshua 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand …

1 Chronicles 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, you were he that …

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

Verses 4-7. - (Cf. Numbers 35:11, etc.) And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live,.... It was not any slayer that might have protection in these cities, but such who were thus and thus circumstanced, or whose case was as follows:

whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly; without intention, as the Targum of Jonathan, did not design it, but was done by him unawares:

whom he hated not in time past; had never shown by words or deeds that he had any hatred of him or enmity to him three days ago; so that if there were no marks of hatred, or proofs of it three days before this happened, it was reckoned an accidental thing, and not done on purpose, as this phrase is usually interpreted; see Exodus 21:29. 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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