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Joshua 20 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Six Cities of Refuge

(Num 35:9–28; Deu 19:1–13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:1 - Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:2 - “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘[fn]Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you [fn]through Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:3 - so that one who commits manslaughter by [fn]killing a person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:4 - ‘Then he shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and state his case in the [fn]presence of the elders of that city; and they shall [fn]receive him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may remain among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:5 - ‘Now if the avenger of blood pursues him, then they are not to hand the one who committed manslaughter over to him, since he struck his neighbor without premeditation and did not hate him previously.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:6 - ‘And he shall remain in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then [fn]he shall [fn]return to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:7 - So they [fn]set apart Kedesh in [fn]Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:8 - And beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they [fn]designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plain from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 20:9 - These were the designated cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who resides among them, so that whoever [fn]kills a person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit Give for yourselves
Lit by the hand of
Lit striking
Lit ears of
Lit gather
Lit the one who committed manslaughter
Lit return and come
Lit sanctified
Heb Galil
Lit gave
Lit strikes
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