Pastor Ron Roddey
"Cities Of Refuge, Revengers Of Blood"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
35:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
35:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be
come over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
35:11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you;
that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.
35:12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger;
that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in
35:13 And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have
35:14 Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities
shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.
35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of
Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that
every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.
35:16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he
is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
35:17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die,
and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
35:18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may
die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to
35:19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he
meeteth him, he shall slay him.
35:20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait,
that he die;
35:21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote
him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of
blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.
35:22 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon
him any thing without laying of wait,
35:23 Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and
cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his
35:24 Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the
revenger of blood according to these judgments:
35:25 And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of
the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the
city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto
the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.
35:26 But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the
city of his refuge, whither he was fled;
35:27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city
of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not
be guilty of blood:
35:28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until
the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the
slayer shall return into the land of his possession.
35:29 So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you
throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by
the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any
person to cause him to die.
35:31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer,
which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.
35:32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city
of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the
death of the priest.
35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it
defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is
shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
35:34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I
dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.