Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge,
whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:
That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither:
and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.
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.
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
And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the congregation for
judgement, 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.
And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount
Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.
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.
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.