Matthew Bible

Deuteronomy 19

The cities of refuge.

Deuteronomy 19:1 When þe lord thy god hath destroied the nacions whose land the Lord thy god geueth the, and thou hast conquered them & dwellest in their cities and in their houses: Deuteronomy 19:2 þu shalt appoynte .iij. cytyes in the lande whyche the Lorde thy God geueth the to possesse it: Deuteronomy 19:3 thou shalt prepare the way and deuyde the costes of thy land whych the Lord thy God geueth the to enheret, into .iij. partes that whosoeuer commytteth murther may flee thither.

The privilege thereof for the manslayer.

Deuteronomy 19:4 And thys is the cause of the slayer that shal flee thither and be saued: Deuteronomy 19:5 If he smyte his neyghboure ignorantly & hated him not in tyme passed: As when a man goeth vnto the wood wyth hys neyghbour to hewe wood, & as his hand fetcheth a stroke wt the axe, the head slippeth from the helue & smyteth his neyghboure þt he dyeth: þe same shal flee vnto one of the same cities & be saued. Deuteronomy 19:6 Lest the executer of bloude folowe after þe slayer while is hert is whote and ouertake him, because the way is longe, and slee hym, & yet there is no cause worthy of death in hym, in as moche as he hated not hys neyghbour in tyme passed. Deuteronomy 19:7 Wherfore I commaunde the saying se that thou apoynte out .iij. cytyes. Deuteronomy 19:8 And If the Lord thy God enlarge thy costes as he hath sworne vnto thy fathers and geue all the lande which he sayd he wold geue vnto thi fathers Deuteronomy 19:9 (so that thou kepe al these commaundementes to do them, which I commaunde the this day, that thou loue the lord thy God and walke in his wayes euer) them thou shalt adde .iij. cities mo vnto those .iij. Deuteronomy 19:10 þt innocent bloud be not shed in thy land which the Lorde thy God geueth the to enheret, & so bloud come vpon the.

Deuteronomy 19:11 But and yf there be any man that hateth hys neyghboure and layeth awayte for him & riseth agaynst hym & smyteth him þt he dye, & fleeth vnto any of these cytyes. Deuteronomy 19:12 Then let the elders of his citye sende & fetche him thence & deliuer hym into the handes of the iustice of bloude, & he shall dye, Deuteronomy 19:13 Let thyne eye haue no pitie on hym, & so thou shalt put awaye innocent bloude from Israel, & happye arte thou.

The landmark is not to be removed.

Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remoue thy neyghboures mark whych they of olde tyme haue sett in thyne enheritaunce þt thou enherettest in the lande whihe þe Lorde thy God geueth the to enioye it.

Two witnesses at the least.

Deuteronomy 19:15 One witnesse shal not ryse agaynst a man in any maner tresspace or synne, what souer synne a man synneth: But at the mouthe of two witnesses or of .iii. witnesses shal al maters betryed.

The punishment of a false witness.

Deuteronomy 19:16 If an vnrighteous witnesse ryse agaynst a man to accuse him of trespace: Deuteronomy 19:17 then let both the men which stryue together stande before the Lord, before the preastes and the iudges which shalbe in those dayes, Deuteronomy 19:18 & let the iudges enquyre a good. And yf the witnesse be founde false and that he hath geuen false wytnesse agaynst his brother Deuteronomy 19:19 then shal ye do vnto him as he had thought to do vnto his brother, & so thou shalt put euell awaye from the. Deuteronomy 19:20 And other shall heare & feare and shal henceforth comyt no more any soche wickednesse among you. Deuteronomy 19:21 And let thyne eye haue no compassyon, but life for life, eye for eye, tothe for tothe, hande for hand and fote for fote.

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