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Deuteronomy 19 - NIV

Cities of Refuge

1 When the Lord your God has destroyed the nations whose land he is giving you, and when you have driven them out and settled in their towns and houses,

2 then set aside for yourselves three cities in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

3 Determine the distances involved and divide into three parts the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that a person who kills someone may flee for refuge to one of these cities.

4 This is the rule concerning anyone who kills a person and flees there for safety—anyone who kills a neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought.

5 For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life.

6 Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought.

7 This is why I command you to set aside for yourselves three cities.

8 If the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he promised on oath to your ancestors, and gives you the whole land he promised them,

9 because you carefully follow all these laws I command you today—to love the Lord your God and to walk always in obedience to him—then you are to set aside three more cities.

10 Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the Lord your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.

11 But if out of hate someone lies in wait, assaults and kills a neighbor, and then flees to one of these cities,

12 the killer shall be sent for by the town elders, be brought back from the city, and be handed over to the avenger of blood to die.

13 Show no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.

14 Do not move your neighbor’s boundary stone set up by your predecessors in the inheritance you receive in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess.


15 One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

16 If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime,

17 the two people involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time.

18 The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite,

19 then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you.

20 The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you.

21 Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Nov, 2014
Summary: God provided cities of refuge for the man in trouble. It was not an afterthought but planned for, even before Israel enters the Promised Land. God is merciful. He is our refuge and strength.
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Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Feb, 2014
Summary: How does a text written 3400 years ago apply to us today?
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Shared by: Michael Stark on Nov, 2013
Summary: Evil must be cleansed; it cannot be cured.
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Expunge Evil
Shared by: Paul Carlson on Jan, 2010
Summary: Because Christ is our refuge, you must love Him and walk in His ways.
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Scripture: Deuteronomy 19:1-21
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Shared by: Jerry Stepp on Aug, 2009
Summary: Message to encourage the Saints of God to Stand firm in a changing world
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Shared by: Aaron Johnson on Jan, 2009
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Shared by: Ian Johnson on Jul, 2005
Summary: The lord is calling you to set up landmarks in the Spirit! So my people will have something to set their bearings against set up landmarks of eternal value in the Spirit, and my people will find their bearings.
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Scripture: Deuteronomy 19:14
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Shared by: Davon Huss on May, 2003
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Shared by: Paul Fritz on Oct, 2000
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