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Numbers 35:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 designate cities to serve as cities of refuge for you, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally may flee there.

Numbers 35:22-25 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 “But if anyone suddenly pushes a person without hostility or throws any object at him without malicious intent 23 or without looking drops a stone that could kill a person and he dies, but he was not his enemy and wasn’t trying to harm him, 24 the assembly is to judge between the slayer and the avenger of blood according to these ordinances. 25 The assembly is to protect the one who kills someone from the hand of the avenger of blood. Then the assembly will return him to the city of refuge he fled to, and he must live there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.

Deuteronomy 19:2-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

you are to set apart three cities for yourselves within the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess. You are to determine the distances[a] and divide the land the Lord your God is granting you as an inheritance into three regions, so that anyone who commits manslaughter can flee to these cities.[b]

“Here is the law concerning a case of someone who kills a person and flees there to save his life, having killed his neighbor accidentally without previously hating him: If he goes into the forest with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings the ax to chop down a tree, but the blade flies off the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies, that person may flee to one of these cities and live.

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 19:3 Or to prepare the roads
  2. Deuteronomy 19:3 Lit flee there

Joshua 20:2-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Tell the Israelites: Select your cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally or accidentally may flee there. These will be your refuge from the avenger of blood. When someone flees to one of these cities, stands at the entrance of the city gate, and states his case before[a] the elders of that city, they are to bring him into the city and give him a place to live among them. And if the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not hand the one who committed manslaughter over to him, for he killed his neighbor accidentally and did not hate him beforehand. 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 one who committed manslaughter may return home to his own city from which he fled.”

So they designated Kedesh in the hill country of Naphtali in Galilee, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. Across the Jordan east of Jericho, they selected Bezer on the wilderness plateau from Reuben’s tribe, Ramoth in Gilead from Gad’s tribe, and Golan in Bashan from Manasseh’s tribe.

These are the cities appointed for all the Israelites and foreigners among them, so that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there and not die at the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the assembly.

Footnotes:

  1. Joshua 20:4 Lit in the ears of

1 Samuel 24:4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

so they said to him, “Look, this is the day the Lord told you about: ‘I will hand your enemy over to you so you can do to him whatever you desire.’” Then David got up and secretly cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.

1 Samuel 24:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

10 You can see with your own eyes that the Lord handed you over to me today in the cave. Someone advised me to kill you, but I[a][b] took pity on you and said: I won’t lift my hand against my lord, since he is the Lord’s anointed.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Samuel 24:10 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads she or it
  2. 1 Samuel 24:10 Or my eye

1 Samuel 24:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

18 You yourself have told me today what good you did for me: when the Lord handed me over to you, you didn’t kill me.

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