Eight and forty cities for the Levites with their suburbs, and measure thereof.
Numbers 35:1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses in the waste plains of Moab,by Jordan, near Jericho, saying: Numbers 35:2 Command the sons of Israel, that they give unto the Levitesout of the inheritance which they possesscities to dwell in,pasture land also unto the cities, round about them, shall ye give unto the Levites. Numbers 35:3 So shall the cities be theirs, to dwell in,and, their pasture lands, shall be for their cattle and for their goods, and for all their beasts. Numbers 35:4 And, the pasture lands of the cities which ye shall give unto the Levite, shall be,from the wall of the city, and outwards, a thousand cubits, round about. Numbers 35:5 So ye shall measureon the outside of the citythe eastward quarter two thousand by the cubit, and the south quarter two thousand by the cubit, and the west quarter two thousand by the cubit, and the north quarter two thousand by the cubit, with, the city, in the midst. This, shall be unto them the pasture lands of the cities.
Six of them are to be cities of refuge.
Numbers 35:6 And, among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall be the six cities of refuge, which ye shall give, that the manslayer may flee thither,and, besides them, ye shall give, forty-two cities. Numbers 35:7 All the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall be forty-eight cities,them, and their pasture lands. Numbers 35:8 And, as touching the cities which ye shall give out of the possession of the sons of Israel, from the many, shall ye take many, and, from the few, shall ye take few,each, according to his inheritance, which they shall inherit, shall give of his cities, unto the Levites.
The laws of murder.
Numbers 35:9 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses, saying: Numbers 35:10 Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou shalt say unto them,When ye are passing over the Jordan, unto the land of Canaan, Numbers 35:11 then shall ye find for you, convenient cities, cities of refuge, shall they be unto you,and the manslayer, who hath slain a person, by mistake, shall flee thither. Numbers 35:12 So shall the cities serve you for places of refuge from the redeemer,that the manslayer may not die, until he has stood before the assembly, for judgment. Numbers 35:13 And, as touching the cities which ye shall give, six cities of refuge, shall there be unto you. Numbers 35:14 Three of the cities, shall ye give, on this side the Jordan, and, three of the cities, shall ye give in the land of Canaan,cities of refuge, shall they be. Numbers 35:15 For the sons of Israel, and for the sojourner, and for the settler in your midst, shall these six cities serve, as places of refuge,that any one may flee thither who hath slain a person, by mistake. Numbers 35:16 If, then, with an instrument of iron, he smote him, and he died, a manslayer, he is,a manslayer, shall surely die. Numbers 35:17 Or, if, with a stone thrown by hand, whereby one might die, he smote him, and he died, a manslayer, he is,the manslayer, shall surely die. Numbers 35:18 Or, if, with hand-weapon of wood, wherewith one might die, he smote him, and he died, a manslayer, he is,the manslayer, shall surely die. Numbers 35:19 The blood-redeemer, he, shall put to death the manslayer,when he lighteth upon him, he, shall put him to death. Numbers 35:20 Or, if, with hate, he shall thrust at him, or hurl at him designedly, and he have died, Numbers 35:21 or, if, with enmity, he hath smitten him with his hand, and he is dead, then shall he that dealt the blow, be surely put to death, a manslayer, he isthe blood-redeemer, shall put to death the manslayer, when he lighteth upon him. Numbers 35:22 But, if, suddenly, without enmity, he shall thrust him, or hurl upon him any missile, without design; Numbers 35:23 Or with any stone whereby one might die, without seeing [him], and it fall upon him, and he dieth; he, not being at enmity with him, nor seeking to harm him, Numbers 35:24 then shall the assembly judge, between him that smote and the blood-redeemer,according to these regulations; Numbers 35:25 and the assembly shall rescue the manslayer out of the hand of the blood-redeemer, and the assembly shall restore him unto his city of refuge, whither he had fled,and he shall dwell therein, until the death of the high priest, who hath been anointed with the hallowing oil. Numbers 35:26 But, if the manslayer, go out, of the bounds of his city of refuge, whereinto he hath fled; Numbers 35:27 and the blood-redeemer, find him, outside the bounds of his city of refuge, then may the blood-redeemer slay the slayer, without being guilty of blood; Numbers 35:28 for, in his city of refuge, should he have remained, until the death of the high priest,and, after the death of the high priest, might he have returned into the land which he doth possess. Numbers 35:29 So shall these serve you as a regulative statute unto your generations,wheresoever ye may dwell. Numbers 35:30 Whosoever taketh away life, at the mouth of witnesses, shall the slayer be slain,but, one witness, shall not testify against a person, to put [him] to death.
No satisfaction for murder.
Numbers 35:31 And ye shall accept no ransom for the life of him that slayeth, if he have unlawfully caused death,but he, must surely be put to death. Numbers 35:32 And ye shall accept no ransom for him that hath fled to his city of refuge, if he should return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest. Numbers 35:33 So shall ye not pollute the land wherein ye are, for, blood, doth pollute the land,and, for the land, no propitiatory-covering can be made, as touching blood, that is shed therein, save with the blood of him that shed it; Numbers 35:34 thou must not then make unclean the land wherein, ye, are dwelling, in the midst of which, I, have my habitation; for, I,Yahweh, am making my habitation in the midst of the sons of Israel.