Eight and forty cities for the Levites with their suburbs, and measure thereof.
Numbers 35:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, Numbers 35:2 Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and suburbs for the cities round about them shall ye give unto the Levites. Numbers 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and their suburbs shall be for their cattle, and for their substance, and for all their beasts. Numbers 35:4 And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall be from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about. Numbers 35:5 And ye shall measure without the city for the east side two thousand cubits, and for the south side two thousand cubits, and for the west side two thousand cubits, and for the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the midst. This shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.
Six of them are to be cities of refuge.
Numbers 35:6 And the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, they shall be the six cities of refuge, which ye shall give for the manslayer to flee thither: and beside them ye shall give forty and two cities. Numbers 35:7 All the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them [shall ye give] with their suburbs. Numbers 35:8 And concerning the cities which ye shall give of the possession of the children of Israel, from the many ye shall take many; and from the few ye shall take few: every one according to his inheritance which he inheriteth shall give of his cities unto the Levites.
The laws of murder.
Numbers 35:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Numbers 35:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye pass over Jordan into the land of Canaan, Numbers 35:11 then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the manslayer which killeth any person unwittingly may flee thither. Numbers 35:12 And the cities shall be unto you for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation for judgment. Numbers 35:13 And the cities which ye shall give shall be for you six cities of refuge. Numbers 35:14 Ye shall give three cities beyond Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan; they shall be cities of refuge. Numbers 35:15 For the children of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, shall these six cities be for refuge: that every one that killeth any person unwittingly may flee thither. Numbers 35:16 But if he smote him with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a manslayer: the manslayer shall surely be put to death. Numbers 35:17 And if he smote him with a stone in the hand, whereby a man may die, and he died, he is a manslayer: the manslayer shall surely be put to death. Numbers 35:18 Or if he smote him with a weapon of wood in the hand, whereby a man may die, and he died, he is a manslayer: the manslayer shall surely be put to death. Numbers 35:19 The avenger of blood shall himself put the manslayer to death: when he meeteth him, he shall put him to death. Numbers 35:20 And if he thrust him of hatred, or hurled at him, lying in wait, so that he died; Numbers 35:21 or in enmity smote him with his hand, that he died: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; he is a manslayer: the avenger of blood shall put the manslayer to death, when he meeteth him. Numbers 35:22 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or hurled upon him any thing without lying in wait, Numbers 35:23 or with any stone, whereby a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, so that he died, and he was not his enemy, neither sought his harm: Numbers 35:24 then the congregation shall judge between the smiter and the avenger of blood according to these judgments: Numbers 35:25 and the congregation shall deliver the manslayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall dwell therein until the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil. Numbers 35:26 But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the border of his city of refuge, whither he fleeth; Numbers 35:27 and the avenger of blood find him without the border of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood slay the manslayer; he shall not be guilty of blood: Numbers 35:28 because he should have remained in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the manslayer shall return into the land of his possession. Numbers 35:29 And these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Numbers 35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the manslayer shall be slain at the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person that he die.
No satisfaction for murder.
Numbers 35:31 Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a manslayer, which is guilty of death: but he shall surely be put to death. Numbers 35:32 And ye shall take no ransom for him that is fled to his city of refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. Numbers 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood, it polluteth the land: and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Numbers 35:34 And thou shalt not defile the land which ye inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell: for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the children of Israel.