The cities of refuge.
Deuteronomy 19:1 When the Lord thy God hath rooted out the nations whose lande the Lorde thy God geueth thee, and thou succeedest in their inheritaunce, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses: Deuteronomy 19:2 Thou shalt seperate three cities for thee in the middes of the lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee to possesse it: Deuteronomy 19:3 Thou shalt prepare the way, and deuide the coastes of thy lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee to inherite, into three partes, that whosoeuer committeth murther, may flee thyther.
The privilege thereof for the manslayer.
Deuteronomy 19:4 For this cause must the slayer flee thyther, that he may lyue: Who so kylleth his neighbour ignorauntly, and hated hym not in tyme passed: Deuteronomy 19:5 And whe a man goeth vnto the wood with his neighbour to hewe wood, and as his hande fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut downe the tree, the head slippeth from the helue, and smyteth his neighbour that he dyeth: the same shall flee vnto one of the same cities, and lyue: Deuteronomy 19:6 Lest the auenger of the blood folowe after the slayer whyle his heart is hot, & ouertake hym because the wayes is long, and slay hym, and yet there is no cause worthy of death in hym, in as much as he hated hym not in tyme passed. Deuteronomy 19:7 Wherfore I commaunde thee, saying: Thou shalt appoynt out three cities for thee. Deuteronomy 19:8 And if the Lorde thy God enlarge thy coastes (as he hath sworne vnto thy fathers) and geue thee all the lande which he sayde he woulde geue vnto thy fathers: Deuteronomy 19:9 Thou shalt kepe all these commaundementes to do them, which I commaunde thee this day, that thou loue the Lorde thy God, and walke in his wayes euer: and adde three cities mo for thee beside these three, Deuteronomy 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy lande, which the Lord thy God geueth thee to inherite, and so blood come vpon thee.
Deuteronomy 19:11 But and if any man hate his neyghbour, and lay awayte for hym, and ryse agaynst hym, and smyte hym that he die, & then fleeth vnto any of these cities: Deuteronomy 19:12 The elders of his citie shall sende and fetch hym thence, and deliuer hym into the handes of the auenger of blood, that he may dye. Deuteronomy 19:13 Thine eye shall not spare hym, but thou shalt put away [the crye of] innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
The landmark is not to be removed.
Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remoue thy neyghbours marke, which they of olde time haue set in thine inheritaunce, that thou shalt inherite in the lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee to enioy it.
Two witnesses at the least.
Deuteronomy 19:15 One witnesse shall not rise agaynst a man for any maner trespasse, or for any maner sinne, or for any maner fault that he offendeth in: but at the mouth of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall the matter be stablished.
The punishment of a false witness.
Deuteronomy 19:16 If a false witnesse rise vp agaynst a man, to accuse hym of trespasse: Deuteronomy 19:17 Then both the men which stryue together, shall stande before the Lorde, before the priestes and the iudges which shalbe in those dayes: Deuteronomy 19:18 And the iudges shall make diligent inquisition: and if the witnesse be founde false, and that he hath geuen false witnesse agaynst his brother: Deuteronomy 19:19 Then shall ye do vnto hym, as he had thought to do vnto his brother, & thou shalt put euyll away from the middes of thee. Deuteronomy 19:20 And other shall heare, and feare, and shall hencefoorth commit no more any such wickednesse among you. Deuteronomy 19:21 And thine eye shall haue no copassion, but lyfe for lyfe, eye for eye, toothe for toothe, hande for hande, foote for foote.