New Living Translation
Designate six cities of refuge for yourselves,
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;
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CommentaryNumbers 35:13 Parallel Commentaries
These cities will be places of protection from a dead person's relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community.
three on the east side of the Jordan River and three on the west in the land of Canaan.
These cities were set apart for all the Israelites as well as the foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed another person could take refuge in one of these cities. In this way, they could escape being killed in revenge prior to standing trial before the local assembly.
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