Eight and forty cities for the Levites with their suburbs, and measure thereof.
Numbers 35:1 And the Lord spoke these things also to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, over against Jericho: Numbers 35:2 Command the children of Israel that they give to the Levites out of their possessions, Numbers 35:3 Cities to dwell in, and their suburbs round about: that they may abide in the towns, and the suburbs may be for them cattle and beasts: Numbers 35:4 Which suburbs shall reach from the walls of the cities outward, a thousand paces on every side: Numbers 35:5 Toward the east shall be two thousand cubits: and toward the south in like manner shall be two thousand cubits: toward the sea also, which looketh to the west, shall be the same extent: and the north side shall be bounded with the like limits. And the cities shall be in the midst, and the suburbs without.
Six of them are to be cities of refuge.
Numbers 35:6 And among the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, six shall be separated for refuge to fugitives, that he who hath shed blood may flee to them: and besides these there shall be other forty-two cities, Numbers 35:7 That is, in all forty-eight with their suburbs. Numbers 35:8 And of these cities which shall be given out of the possessions of the children of Israel, from them that have more, more shall be taken: and from them that have less, fewer. Each shall give towns to the Levites according to the extent of their inheritance.
The laws of murder.
Numbers 35:9 The Lord said to Moses: Numbers 35:10 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have passed over the Jordan into the land of Chanaan, Numbers 35:11 Determine what cities shall be for the refuge of fugitives, who have shed blood against their will. Numbers 35:12 And when the fugitive shall be in them, the kinsman of him that is slain may not have power to kill him, until he stand before the multitude, and his cause be judged. Numbers 35:13 And of those cities, that are separated for the refuge of fugitives, Numbers 35:14 Three shall be beyond the Jordan, and three in the land of Chanaan, Numbers 35:15 As well for the children of Israel as for strangers and sojourners, that he may flee to them, who hath shed blood against his will. Numbers 35:16 If any man strike with iron, and he die that was struck: he shall be guilty of murder, and he himself shall die. Numbers 35:17 If he throw a stone, and he that is struck die: he shall be punished in the same manner. Numbers 35:18 If he that is struck with wood die: he shall be revenged by the blood of him that struck him. Numbers 35:19 The kinsman of him that was slain, shall kill the murderer: as soon as he apprehendeth him, he shall kill him. Numbers 35:20 If through hatred any one push a man, or fling any thing at him with ill design: Numbers 35:21 Or being his enemy, strike him with his hand, and he die: the striker shall be guilty of murder: the kinsman of him that was slain as soon as he findeth him, shall kill him. Numbers 35:22 But if by chance medley, and without hatred, Numbers 35:23 And enmity, he do any of these things, Numbers 35:24 And this be proved in the hearing of the people, and the cause be debated between him that struck, and the next of kin: Numbers 35:25 The innocent shall be delivered from the hand of the revenger, and shall be brought back by sentence into the city, to which he had fled, and he shall abide there until the death of the high priest, that is anointed with the holy oil. Numbers 35:26 If the murderer be found without the limits of the cities that are appointed for the banished, Numbers 35:27 And be struck by him that is the avenger of blood: he shall not be guilty that killed him. Numbers 35:28 For the fugitive ought to have stayed in the city until the death of the high priest: and after he is dead, then shall the manslayer return to his own country. Numbers 35:29 These things shall be perpetual, and for an ordinance in all your dwellings. Numbers 35:30 The murderer shall be punished by witnesses: none shall be condemned upon the evidence of one man.
No satisfaction for murder.
Numbers 35:31 You shall not take money of him that is guilty of blood, but he shall die forthwith. Numbers 35:32 The banished and fugitives before the death of the high priest may by no means return into their own cities. Numbers 35:33 Defile not the land of your habitation, which is stained with the blood of the innocent: neither can it otherwise be expiated, but by his blood that hath shed the blood of another. Numbers 35:34 And thus shall your possession be cleansed, myself abiding with you. For I am the Lord that dwell among the children of Israel.