1 Yahweh spoke to Moses on the Plains of Moab, near the Jordan by Jericho, and said:
Num 22:1 Num 26:63 Num 31:12 Num 33:50 Num 36:13
2 'Order the Israelites, from the heritage they possess, to give the Levites towns in which to live and pasture land round the towns. You will give these to the Levites.
Josh 14:3-4 Ezek 48:8 1Cor 9:10-14 Ezek 45:1-8 Ezek 48:22 Josh 21:2-42 Lev 25:32-34
3 The towns must be their homes and the surrounding pasture land must be for their cattle, their possessions and all their animals.
2Chr 11:14 Ezek 45:2 Josh 21:11
4 The pasture land surrounding the towns which you give to the Levites will extend, from the walls of the towns, for a thousand cubits all round.
5 'Outside the town, measure two thousand cubits to the east, two thousand cubits to the south, two thousand cubits to the west and two thousand cubits to the north, the town lying in the centre; such will be the pasture lands of these towns.
6 The towns you give to the Levites will be six cities of refuge, ceded by you as sanctuary for those who commit manslaughter; and you will give forty-two towns in addition.
Josh 21:3 Josh 21:13 Josh 21:21 Josh 21:27 Josh 21:32 Josh 21:36 Josh 21:38
7 Altogether you will give the Levites forty-eight towns, with their pasture lands.
1Chr 6:54-81 Josh 21:3-42
8 Of the towns which you give from the Israelites' possessions, you will give more from those who have more, and less from those who have less. Each will give some of his towns to the Levites, in proportion to the heritage he himself has received.'
Num 26:54 Num 33:54 2Cor 8:13-14 Deut 33:8-11 Exod 16:18 Exod 32:28-29 Gen 49:7
9 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
10 'Speak to the Israelites and say: "Once you have crossed the Jordan into Canaan,
Deut 12:9 Deut 19:1-2 Josh 20:2-6 Lev 14:34 Lev 25:2 Num 34:2
11 you will find towns, some of which you will make into cities of refuge where those who have accidentally committed manslaughter can take sanctuary.
Exod 21:13 Josh 20:2 Deut 4:42 Deut 19:1-13 Num 35:6 Num 35:22-25
12 These towns will afford you refuge from the avenger of blood, so that the killer will not be put to death before standing trial before the community.
Deut 19:6 Josh 20:3-6 2Sam 14:7 Deut 19:11-12 Josh 20:9 Num 35:19 Num 35:24-27
13 Of the towns you give, six will serve you as cities of refuge:
14 as cities of refuge, you will give three towns on the other side of the Jordan and will give three towns in Canaan.
Deut 4:41-43 Deut 19:8-10 Josh 20:7-9
15 These six towns will serve as refuge for the Israelites, for the foreigner and for the resident alien, where anyone who has accidentally killed someone can take sanctuary.
Num 15:16 Exod 12:49 Gal 3:28 Lev 24:22 Rom 3:29
16 "But if he has struck the person with an iron object so as to cause death, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
Lev 24:17 Deut 19:11-13 Exod 21:12-14 Gen 9:5-6 Num 35:22-24 Num 35:30-33
17 If he has struck him with a stone meant for killing, and has killed him, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
18 Or if he has struck him with a wooden instrument meant for killing, and has killed him, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
19 The avenger of blood will put the murderer to death. Whenever he finds him, he will put him to death.
Deut 19:6 Deut 19:12 Josh 20:3 Josh 20:5 Num 35:21 Num 35:12 Num 35:24
20 "If the killer has maliciously manhandled his victim, or thrown some lethal missile to strike him down,
Deut 19:11 Exod 21:14 2Sam 3:27 2Sam 20:10 Gen 4:8 1Kgs 2:5-6 1Kgs 2:31-33
21 or out of enmity dealt him the death-blow with his fist, then he who struck the blow will be put to death; he is a murderer; the avenger of blood will put him to death whenever he finds him.
22 If, however, he has manhandled his victim by chance, without malice, or thrown some missile at him not meaning to hit him
Exod 21:13 Num 35:11 Deut 19:5 Josh 20:3 Josh 20:5
23 or, without seeing him, dropped on him a stone meant for killing and so killed him, so long as he bore him no malice and wished him no harm,
24 then the community will decide in accordance with these rules between the one who struck the blow and the avenger of blood,
Josh 20:6 Num 35:12
25 and will save the killer from the clutches of the avenger of blood. They will send him back to the city of refuge where he had taken sanctuary, and there he will stay until the death of the high priest who has been anointed with the holy oil.
Exod 29:7 Josh 20:6 Lev 4:3 Lev 21:10 Eph 2:16-18 Heb 4:14-16 Heb 7:25-28
26 Should the killer leave the bounds of the city of refuge in which he has taken sanctuary
27 and the avenger of blood encounter him outside the bounds of his city of refuge, the avenger of blood may kill him without fear of reprisal;
Deut 19:6 Deut 19:10 Exod 22:2
28 since the killer should stay in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest is he free to go back to his own piece of property.
Acts 11:23 Acts 27:31 Heb 3:14 Heb 6:4-8 Heb 9:11-12 Heb 9:15-17 Heb 10:26-30
29 Such will be the legal rule for you and your descendants, wherever you may live.
Num 27:11 Num 27:1
30 "In any case of homicide, the evidence of witnesses will determine whether the killer must be put to death; but a single witness is not enough to sustain a capital charge.
Deut 19:15 Matt 18:16 2Cor 13:1 Heb 10:28 1Tim 5:19 John 8:17-18 Deut 17:6-7
31 You will not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer condemned to death; he must die.
1Kgs 2:28-34 2Sam 12:13 Deut 19:11-13 Exod 21:14 Gen 9:5-6 Ps 51:14
32 Nor will you accept a ransom for anyone who, having taken sanctuary in his city or refuge, wishes to come back and live at home before the death of the high priest.
Acts 4:12 Gal 2:21 Gal 3:10-13 Gal 3:22 Rev 5:9
33 Do not profane the country you live in. Blood profanes the country and, for the country, the only expiation for the blood shed in it is the blood of the man who shed it.
Mic 4:11 Gen 9:6 Ps 106:38 2Kgs 23:26 2Kgs 24:4 Deut 21:1-8 Deut 21:23
34 So do not defile the country which you live in and where I live; for I, Yahweh, live among the Israelites." '
Num 5:3 1Kgs 6:13 2Cor 6:16-17 Exod 25:8 Exod 29:45-46 Hos 9:3 Isa 8:12