Eight and forty cities for the Levites with their suburbs, and measure thereof.
Numbers 35:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses in the feldes of Moab by Iordan, oueragaynst Iericho, sayinge: Numbers 35:2 commaunde the chyldren of Israel, that they geue vnto the Leuites of the enheritaunce of theyr possession, cyties to dwell in. And ye shall geue also vnto the cyties of the Leuites, suburbes hard by theyr cityes rounde about them. Numbers 35:3 The cyties shall they haue to dwell in, and the suburbes for theyr catell, and for theyr possession and all maner of beastes of theyrs. Numbers 35:4 And the suburbes of the cyties which ye shall geue vnto the Leuites, shall reache from the wall of the cytie outwarde, a thousande cubytes rounde about. Numbers 35:5 And ye shall measure without the cytie of the eastsyde, two thousande cubytes. And of the southsyde, two thousande cubytes. And of the westsyde, two thousande cubytes. And of the northsyde, two thousaude cubites also: and the cytie shalbe in the myddes. And these shalbe the suburbes of theyr cyties.
Six of them are to be cities of refuge.
Numbers 35:6 And from amonge the cyties whyche ye shall geue vnto the Leuytes, there shall be syxe cyties for refuge, which ye shall appointe to that intent, that he which kylleth, maye flye thyther. And to them ye shal adde .xlii. cyties mo: Numbers 35:7 so that all the cyties whyche ye shall geue the Leuites, maye be .xlviii. with theyr suburbes. Numbers 35:8 And these cities which ye shall geue, shall be out of the possession of the chyldren of Israel. They that haue many, shall geue many. But of them that haue fewe, ye shall take fewe. Euery one shall geue of hys cities vnto the Leuites, accordynge to þe enheritaunce which he enheriteth.
The laws of murder.
Numbers 35:9 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, sayenge: Numbers 35:10 speake vnto the chyldren of Israel and saye vnto them: whan ye be come ouer Iordane into the lande of Canaan, Numbers 35:11 ye shall appoynte you cyties to be cyties of refuge for you: that he whych sleeth a soule vnwares, maye flye thyther. Numbers 35:12 And the cytie shalbe to flye from the auenger of bloude, that he whyche kylleth dye not, vntyll he stande before the congregacion in iudgement. Numbers 35:13 And of these syxe fre cyties whyche ye shall geue Numbers 35:14 ye shall gyue thre on thys syde Iordan, and thre in the lande of Canaan. Numbers 35:15 And these syxe fre cyties shalbe a refuge both for the chyldren of Israel, and for the straunger, and for hym that dwelleth amonge you: that all they which kill any persone vnwares, maye flye thyther. Numbers 35:16 And yf any man smyte another with an instrument of yron that he dye, then is he a murtherer, and shall dye for it. Numbers 35:17 If he smyte hym wyth a throwynge stone that a man maye dye with, and yf he dye, he that smote hym is a murtherer, let the same murtherer be slayne therfore. Numbers 35:18 Or yf he smyte him with a handweapon of wodde that a man maye dye with, then yf he dye, he is a murtherer: let the murtherer be slayne therfore. Numbers 35:19 The iustice of bloude shall slaye the murtherer: whan he meteth hym, he maye slaye hym. Numbers 35:20 But yf the thrust at hym of hate, or hourle at him with layinge of wayte, that he dye, or smyte hym with hys hande of enuye that he dye, Numbers 35:21 he that smote him shall dye, for he is a murtherer. The iustice of bloude shall slaye þe murthurer, as soone as he findeth him. Numbers 35:22 But and yf he pusshed hym by chaunce and not of hate, or cast at him with any maner of thynge and not of layinge of wayte: Numbers 35:23 or cast any maner of stone at him (that a man maye dye with) and sawe hym not. And he cast it vpon hym and he dye, and was not hys enemye, nether sought him any harme. Numbers 35:24 Then the congregacyon shall iudge betwene the slayer and the executer of bloude in soche cases. Numbers 35:25 And the congregacyon shall delyuer the slayer out of the hande of the auenger of bloude, and the congregacyon shall restore hym agayne vnto the cytie of hys refuge, whether he was fledd. And he shall byde there vnto the deathe of the hye preaste, which was anoynted with holy oyle. Numbers 35:26 But & yf the slayer come without the borders of his preuileged cytie whether he was fledd, Numbers 35:27 yf the auenger of bloud fynde him withoute the borders of hys fre towne, and slaye the murtherer, he shal be gyltlesse, Numbers 35:28 because he shulde haue bydden in hys fre towne vntyll the deeth of the hye preaste, and after þe deeth of the hye preaste to retourne agayne vnto the lande of his possession. Numbers 35:29 These commaundementes shalbe a lawe vnto you, for youre generacions in all youre dwellynges. Numbers 35:30 Whosoeuer kylleth a soule, þe same þe manslayer must be slayne him selfe thorowe witnesses. Nether shall one witnesse answere to put a man to death.
No satisfaction for murder.
Numbers 35:31 Moreouer, ye shall take none amendes for the lyfe of the murtherer which is worthy to dye: But he shall be put to death. Numbers 35:32 Also ye shall take no money of hym that is fled to a fre cytie, that he shulde come agayne, and dwell in the lande, before the death of the hye preaste. Numbers 35:33 And se that ye polute not the lande which ye shall dwell in: for bloud defyleth the lande. And the land can none other wyse be clensed of the bloude that is shed therin, but by the bloude of hym that shed bloude. Numbers 35:34 Defyle not therfore the lande which ye shall inhabyte, for I am in the myddes therof: euen I the Lord dwell among the chyldren of Israel.