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and then you are careful to observe all these commandments[a] I am giving[b] you today (namely, to love the Lord your God and to always walk in his ways), then you must add three more cities[c] to these three.

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  1. Deuteronomy 19:9 tn Heb “all this commandment.” This refers here to the entire covenant agreement of the Book of Deuteronomy as encapsulated in the Shema (Deut 6:4-5).
  2. Deuteronomy 19:9 tn Heb “commanding”; NAB “which I enjoin on you today.”
  3. Deuteronomy 19:9 sn You will add three more cities. Since these are alluded to nowhere else and thus were probably never added, this must be a provision for other cities of refuge should they be needed (cf. v. 8). See P. C. Craigie, Deuteronomy (NICOT), 267.

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