You shall prepare the [a]roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the Lord your God will give you as a possession, [b]so that any manslayer may flee there.

(A)Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he [c]kills his friend [d]unintentionally, [e]not hating him previously— as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand [f]swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the [g]handle and [h]strikes his friend so that he dies—he may flee to one of these cities and live;

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 19:3 Lit road
  2. Deuteronomy 19:3 Lit and it shall be for every manslayer to flee there
  3. Deuteronomy 19:4 Lit smites
  4. Deuteronomy 19:4 Lit without knowledge
  5. Deuteronomy 19:4 Lit and he was not hating him previously
  6. Deuteronomy 19:5 Lit is thrust with
  7. Deuteronomy 19:5 Lit wood
  8. Deuteronomy 19:5 Lit finds

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