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Joshua 20:2

    Joshua 20:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spoke to you by the hand of Moses:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by Moses,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Say to the children of Israel, Let certain towns be marked out as safe places, as I said to you by the mouth of Moses,

    Webster's Revision

    Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by Moses,

    World English Bible

    "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'Assign the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by Moses,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 20:2

    Cities of refuge - An institution of this kind was essentially necessary wherever the patriarchal law relative to the right of redemption and the avenging of blood was in force; we have already seen that the nearest of kin to a deceased person had not only the right of redeeming an inheritance that had been forfeited or alienated, but had also authority to slay on the spot the person who had slain his relative. Now, as a man might casually kill another against whom he had no ill-will, and with whom he had no quarrel, and might have his life taken away by him who was called the avenger of blood, though he had not forfeited his life to the law; therefore these privileged cities were appointed, where the person might have protection till the cause had been fully heard by the magistrates, who certainly had authority to deliver him up to the avenger, if they found, on examination, that he was not entitled to this protection. On this subject see the notes on Numbers 35:11 to the end.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 20:2

    20:2 Appoint - The possessions being now divided among you, reserve some of them for the use which I have commanded. Cities of refuge - Designed to typify the relief which the gospel provides for poor, penitent sinners, and their protection from the curse of the law and the wrath of God, in our Lord Jesus, to whom believers fly for refuge.