Numbers 35:26
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New International Version
"'But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which they fled

New Living Translation
"But if the slayer ever leaves the limits of the city of refuge,

English Standard Version
But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he fled,

New American Standard Bible
'But if the manslayer at any time goes beyond the border of his city of refuge to which he may flee,

King James Bible
But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the one who kills someone ever goes outside the border of the city of refuge he fled to,

International Standard Version
But if the inadvertent killer leaves the town of refuge where he had fled

NET Bible
But if the slayer at any time goes outside the boundary of the town to which he had fled,

New Heart English Bible
"'But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, where he flees,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But don't go outside the city of refuge you fled to.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, whither he fleeth;

New American Standard 1977
‘But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge to which he may flee,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if the manslayer shall at any time come outside the border of the city of his refuge where he has fled,

King James 2000 Bible
But if the slayer shall at any time come outside the border of the city of his refuge, where he had fled;

American King James Version
But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, where he was fled;

American Standard Version
But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, whither he fleeth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the murderer be found without the limits of the cities that are appointed for the banished,

Darby Bible Translation
But if the manslayer shall in any way come outside the limits of the city of his refuge whither he hath fled,

English Revised Version
But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, whither he fleeth;

Webster's Bible Translation
But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he had fled;

World English Bible
"'But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, where he flees,

Young's Literal Translation
And if the man-slayer at all go out from the border of the city of his refuge whither he fleeth,
Study Bible
Six Cities of Refuge
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. 26But if the manslayer at any time goes beyond the border of his city of refuge to which he may flee, 27and the blood avenger finds him outside the border of his city of refuge, and the blood avenger kills the manslayer, he will not be guilty of blood…
Cross References
Numbers 35:25
'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.

Numbers 35:27
and the blood avenger finds him outside the border of his city of refuge, and the blood avenger kills the manslayer, he will not be guilty of blood
Treasury of Scripture

But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, where he was fled;

After the manslayer had been received into the city of refuge, the avenger of blood could only act as prosecutor; and the magistrates, in the presence of the people, were appointed to decide the cause according to the rules here laid down. Probably the accused person was tried at or near the place where the deceased had been slain, and where evidence could most easily be brought; and in case he was acquitted by the decision of the judges, and with the approbation of the people, he was conveyed back to the city of refuge, where he was protected as a king of prisoner at large, till the death of the high priest; when the public loss, and the grief occasioned by it, might be supposed to swallow up all personal regrets and resentments; and then he was permitted to return to his house and estate. But if, in the mean while, he ventured to leave the city, and the avenger met him and slew him, he was supposed to merit his doom by thus neglecting the appointment of God for his preservation, and the avenger must not be punished. This shows that in other cases, if the avenger slew an innocent man on surmise, he was liable to the punishment of a murderer; but if, by the testimony of two credible witnesses, the man who had fled to the city of refuge was adjudged guilty, he must without fail be put to death.

(26) But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city . . . --As the bodily safety of the Israelite who had slain a man depended upon his strict observance of the law which required him to remain within the city of refuge until the death of the high priest, so in the same way the spiritual safety of the believer depends upon his exclusive reliance upon the merits and efficacy of the atoning death and righteousness of Christ, seeing that "there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we may be saved; neither is there salvation in any other" (Acts 4:12).

Verse 26. - Without the border of the city, i.e., no doubt beyond its "suburbs." But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge,.... Which seems to be the three thousand cubits assigned to every city of the Levites, and so to the cities of refuge; and which, according to the Jewish writers, were a refuge, as the city itself; and it is said (x),"he, that kills a man there, is killed for him, but though the border is a refuge, the slayer does not dwell in it, as it is said. Numbers 35:25, "he shall abide in it", but not in its borders:"

whither he was fled; on account of manslaughter.

(x) Maimon. Hilchot Rotzeach, c. 8. sect. 11. Misn. Maccot, c. 2. sect. 7. 35:9-34 To show plainly the abhorrence of murder, and to provide the more effectually for the punishment of the murderer, the nearest relation of the deceased, under the title of avenger of blood, (or the redeemer of blood,) in notorious cases, might pursue, and execute vengeance. A distinction is made, not between sudden anger and malice aforethought, both which are the crime of murder; but between intentionally striking a man with any weapon likely to cause death, and an unintentional blow. In the latter case alone, the city of refuge afforded protection. Murder in all its forms, and under all disguises, pollutes a land. Alas! that so many murders, under the name of duels, prize-fights, etc. should pass unpunished. There were six cities of refuge; one or other might be reached in less than a day's journey from any part of the land. To these, man-slayers might flee for refuge, and be safe, till they had a fair trial. If acquitted from the charge, they were protected from the avenger of blood; yet they must continue within the bounds of the city till the death of the high priest. Thus we are reminded that the death of the great High Priest is the only means whereby sins are pardoned, and sinners set at liberty. These cities are plainly alluded to, both in the Old and New Testament, we cannot doubt the typical character of their appointment. Turn ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope, saith the voice of mercy, Zec 9:12, alluding to the city of refuge. St. Paul describes the strong consolation of fleeing for refuge to the hope set before us, in a passage always applied to the gracious appointment of the cities of refuge, Heb 6:18. The rich mercies of salvation, through Christ, prefigured by these cities, demand our regard. 1. Did the ancient city rear its towers of safety on high? See Christ raised up on the cross; and is he not exalted at the right hand of his Father, to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins? 2. Does not the highway of salvation, resemble the smooth and plain path to the city of refuge? Survey the path that leads to the Redeemer. Is there any stumbling-block to be found therein, except that which an evil heart of unbelief supplies for its own fall? 3. Waymarks were set up pointing to the city. And is it not the office of the ministers of the gospel to direct sinners to Him? 4. The gate of the city stood open night and day. Has not Christ declared, Him that cometh unto me I will in nowise cast out? 5. The city of refuge afforded support to every one who entered its walls. Those who have reached the refuge, may live by faith on Him whose flesh is meat indeed, and whose blood is drink indeed. 6. The city was a refuge for all. In the gospel there is no respect of persons. That soul lives not which deserves not Divine wrath; that soul lives not which may not in simple faith hope for salvation and life eternal, through the Son of God.
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