You are to have these cities as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands trial before the assembly.
Cross ReferencesNumbers 35:13
The cities you select will be your six cities of refuge.
Now this is the situation regarding the manslayer who flees to one of these cities to save his life, having killed his neighbor accidentally, without intending to harm him:
"Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,
so that anyone who kills another unintentionally or accidentally may flee there. These will be your refuge from the avenger of blood.
Now if the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not deliver the manslayer into his hands, because that man killed his neighbor accidentally without prior malice.
He is to stay in that city until he stands trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest serving at that time. Then the manslayer may return to his own home in the city from which he fled."
Chapter Outline1. Forty-eight cities for the Levites, with their suburbs, and measure thereof
6. Six of them are to be cities of refuge
9. The laws of murder and manslaughter
31. No satisfaction for murder
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
from the avenger
Numbers 35:19, 25-27
Joshua 20:3-6, 9
2 Samuel 14:7
until he stand
Deuteronomy 19:11, 12
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