King James VersionJoshua20


1 The LORD also spake unto Joshua, say­ing, 2 Speak to the chil­dren of Is­rael, say­ing, Ap­point out for you cities of refuge, where­of I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: 3 That the slay­er that kil­leth any per­son un­awares and un­wit­ting­ly may flee thith­er: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the en­ter­ing of the gate of the city, and shall de­clare his cause in the ears of the el­ders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them. 5 And if the avenger of blood pur­sue af­ter him, then they shall not de­liv­er the slay­er up into his hand; be­cause he smote his neigh­bour un­wit­ting­ly, and hat­ed him not be­fore­time. 6 And he shall dwell in that city, un­til he stand be­fore the con­gre­ga­tion for judg­ment, and un­til the death of the high priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slay­er re­turn, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he fled. 7 And they ap­point­ed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naph­tali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kir­jathar­ba, which is He­bron, in the moun­tain of Ju­dah. 8 And on the oth­er side Jor­dan by Jeri­cho east­ward, they as­signed Bez­er in the wilder­ness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Man­asseh. 9 These were the cities ap­point­ed for all the chil­dren of Is­rael, and for the stranger that so­jour­neth among them, that whoso­ev­er kil­leth any per­son at un­awares might flee thith­er, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, un­til he stood be­fore the con­gre­ga­tion.