New International Version
These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.
King James Bible
And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.
Darby Bible Translation
And the cities that ye shall give shall be six cities of refuge for you.
World English Bible
The cities which you shall give shall be for you six cities of refuge.
Young's Literal Translation
As to the cities which ye give -- six are cities of refuge to you;
Numbers 35:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Until he stand before the congregation in judgment - So one of these cities was not a perpetual asylum; It was only a pro tempore refuge, till the case could be fairly examined by the magistrates in the presence of the people, or the elders their representatives; and this was done in the city or place where he had done the murder, Joshua 20:4, Joshua 20:6. If he was found worthy of death, they delivered him to the avenger that he might be slain, Deuteronomy 19:12; if not, they sent him back to the city of refuge, where he remained till the death of the high priest, Numbers 35:25. Before the cities of refuge were appointed, the altar appears to have been a sanctuary for those who had killed a person unwittingly; see on Exodus 21:13 (note), and Exodus 21:14 (note).
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LibraryThe Cities of the Levites.
Concerning them, see Numbers, chapter 35, and Joshua chapter 21. "The suburbs of the cities of the Levites were three thousand cubits on every side; viz. from the walls of the city, and outwards; as it is said, 'From the walls of the city and outwards a thousand cubits: and thou shalt measure from without the city two thousand cubits' (Num 35:4,5). The former thousand were the suburbs, and the latter two thousand were for fields and vineyards. They appointed the place of burial to every one of those …
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Job's Faith and Expectation
They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.
Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge.
Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.
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