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20:1 Yahweh spoke to Joshua, saying,
20:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Assign the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by Moses,
20:3 that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally or unintentionally may flee there. They shall be to you for a refuge from the avenger of blood.
20:4 He shall flee to one of those cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city. They shall take him into the city with them, and give him a place, that he may live among them.
20:5 If the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not deliver up the manslayer into his hand; because he struck his neighbor unintentionally, and didn’t hate him before.
20:6 He shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the high priest that shall be in those days. Then the manslayer shall return, and come to his own city, and to his own house, to the city he fled from.'”
20:7 They set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (the same is Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.
20:8 Beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness in the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.
20:9 These were the appointed cities for all the children of Israel, and for the alien who lives among them, that whoever kills any person unintentionally might flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stands before the congregation.
21:1 Then the heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites came near to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of fathers’ houses of the tribes of the children of Israel.
21:2 They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “Yahweh commanded Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for our livestock.”
21:3 The children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of Yahweh, these cities with their suburbs.
21:4 The lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. The children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, had thirteen cities by lot out of the tribe of Judah, out of the tribe of the Simeonites, and out of the tribe of Benjamin.
21:5 The rest of the children of Kohath had ten cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh.
21:6 The children of Gershon had thirteen cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, out of the tribe of Asher, out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.
21:7 The children of Merari according to their families had twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben, out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun.
21:8 The children of Israel gave these cities with their suburbs by lot to the Levites, as Yahweh commanded by Moses.
21:9 They gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are mentioned by name:
21:10 and they were for the children of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi; for theirs was the first lot.
21:11 They gave them Kiriath Arba, named after the father of Anak (the same is Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its suburbs around it.
21:12 But they gave the fields of the city and its villages to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
21:13 To the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the manslayer, Libnah with its suburbs,
21:14 Jattir with its suburbs, Eshtemoa with its suburbs,
21:15 Holon with its suburbs, Debir with its suburbs,
21:16 Ain with its suburbs, Juttah with its suburbs, and Beth Shemesh with its suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes.
21:17 Out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its suburbs, Geba with its suburbs,
21:18 Anathoth with its suburbs, and Almon with its suburbs; four cities.
21:19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
21:20 The families of the children of Kohath, the Levites, even the rest of the children of Kohath, had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.
21:21 They gave them Shechem with its suburbs in the hill country of Ephraim, the city of refuge for the manslayer, and Gezer with its suburbs,
21:22 Kibzaim with its suburbs, and Beth Horon with its suburbs; four cities.
21:23 Out of the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its suburbs, Gibbethon with its suburbs,
21:24 Aijalon with its suburbs, Gath Rimmon with its suburbs; four cities.
21:25 Out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach with its suburbs, and Gath Rimmon with its suburbs; two cities.
21:26 All the cities of the families of the rest of the children of Kohath were ten with their suburbs.
21:27 They gave to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the half-tribe of Manasseh Golan in Bashan with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the manslayer, and Be Eshterah with its suburbs; two cities.
21:28 Out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with its suburbs, Daberath with its suburbs,
21:29 Jarmuth with its suburbs, En Gannim with its suburbs; four cities.
21:30 Out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its suburbs, Abdon with its suburbs,
21:31 Helkath with its suburbs, and Rehob with its suburbs; four cities.
21:32 Out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the manslayer, Hammothdor with its suburbs, and Kartan with its suburbs; three cities.
21:33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
21:34 To the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its suburbs, Kartah with its suburbs,
21:35 Dimnah with its suburbs, and Nahalal with its suburbs; four cities.
21:36 Out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with its suburbs, Jahaz with its suburbs,
21:37 Kedemoth with its suburbs, and Mephaath with its suburbs; four cities.
21:38 Out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the manslayer, and Mahanaim with its suburbs,
21:39 Heshbon with its suburbs, Jazer with its suburbs; four cities in all.
21:40 All these were the cities of the children of Merari according to their families, even the rest of the families of the Levites. Their lot was twelve cities.
21:41 All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their suburbs.
21:42 Each of these cities included their suburbs around them. It was this way with all these cities.
21:43 So Yahweh gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers. They possessed it, and lived in it.
21:44 Yahweh gave them rest all around, according to all that he swore to their fathers. Not a man of all their enemies stood before them. Yahweh delivered all their enemies into their hand.
21:45 Nothing failed of any good thing which Yahweh had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

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