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12 If the victim’s relatives think it was murder, they might try to take revenge.[a] Anyone accused of murder can run to one of these Safe Towns for protection and not be killed before a trial is held.

13 There are to be six of these Safe Towns, 14 three on each side of the Jordan River.

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  1. 35.12,19 the victim’s relatives. . . revenge: At this time in Israel’s history, the clan would appoint the closest male relative to find and kill a person who had killed a member of their clan.

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