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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 20

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Cities of Asylum. 1The LORD said to Joshua:* 2“Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of which I spoke to them through Moses, r Ex 21, 13; Nm 35, 10–14; Dt 4, 41–43; 19, 2–9 . 3to which one guilty of accidental and unintended homicide may flee for asylum from the avenger of blood. 4To one of these cities the killer shall flee, and standing at the entrance of the city gate, he shall plead his case before the elders, who must receive him and assign him a place in which to live among them. 5Though the avenger of blood pursues him, they are not to deliver up the homicide who slew his fellow man unintentionally and not out of previous hatred. 6Once he has stood judgment before the community, he shall live on in that city till the death of the high priest who is in office at the time. Then the killer may go back home to his own city from which he fled.” s Nm 35, 12. 24f .

List of Cities. 7So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the mountain region of Naphtali, Shechem in the mountain region of Ephraim, and Kiriath‐arba (that is, Hebron) in the mountain region of Judah. t Jos 15, 13; 19, 37; 21, 21 . 8And beyond the Jordan east of Jericho they designated Bezer on the open tableland in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh. u Jos 21, 27. 36f . 9These were the designated cities v Nm 35, 15 . to which any Israelite or stranger living among them who had killed a person accidentally might flee to escape death at the hand of the avenger of blood, until he could appear before the community.

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