1 Yahweh said to Joshua,
Josh 5:14 Josh 6:2 Josh 7:10 Josh 13:1-7
2 'Speak to the Israelites and say to them, "Choose yourselves the cities of refuge of which I spoke to you through Moses,
Deut 4:41-43 Num 35:6 Deut 19:2-13 Num 35:11-24 Exod 21:13-14 Heb 6:18-19 Rom 8:1
3 to which anyone who has accidentally (unintentionally) killed someone else may flee, and which will serve you as refuge from the avenger of blood.
4 (The killer must flee to one of these towns. He will stop at the entrance to the town gate and explain his case to the town elders. These will admit him to their town and assign him a place to live among them.
Jer 38:7 Job 5:4 Ruth 4:1-2 Heb 6:18 Job 29:7 Ps 26:9 Prov 31:23
5 If the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not hand the killer over to him, since he has killed his fellow unintentionally and was not motivated by long-standing hatred for him.
Num 35:12 Num 35:25
6 He must stay in this town) until he is brought to trial before the community (until the death of the high priest then in office. Only then may the killer go back to his own town and to his own house in the town from which he has fled)."
Num 35:12 Num 35:24-25 Heb 9:26
7 For this purpose they designated Kedesh in Galilee, in the highlands of Naphtali, Shechem in the highlands of Ephraim, and Kiriath-Arba -- now Hebron -- in the highlands of Judah.
Josh 21:11 1Chr 6:76 Josh 21:32 Luke 1:39 Josh 14:15 Josh 21:13 Josh 21:21
8 On the other, eastern, side of the Jordan opposite Jericho, in the desert of the tableland, they chose Bezer of the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan of the tribe of Manasseh.
1Chr 6:78 Josh 21:36 Josh 21:27 Josh 21:38 1Chr 6:80 1Kgs 22:3-4 1Kgs 22:6
9 Such were the towns designated for all the Israelites and for foreigners living among them, so that anyone who had accidentally killed someone could flee there and might escape the hand of the avenger of blood, until brought to trial before the community.
Num 35:15 Josh 20:4 Josh 20:6