Joshua 20

1 יהוה also spake unto Joshua (Yehoshua), saying,

2 “Speak to the children of Yisrael, saying, Appoint out for yourselves cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses (Mosheh);

3 That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither; and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.

4 And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.

5 And if the avenger of blood pursues after him, then they shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his neighbour unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime.

6 And he shall dwell in that city, until he stands before the congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high priest (kohen gadol) that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he fled.

7 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naftali, and Shechem in mount Efrayim, and Qiryat-Arba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah (Yehudah).

8 And on the other side Jordan (Yarden) by Yericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuven, and Ramot in Gilad out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Menashsheh.

9 These were the cities appointed for all the children of Yisrael, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.