The community must deliver the slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the community must restore him to the town of refuge to which he fled, and he must live there 1 until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the consecrated oil.
The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless while the nation took vengeance on its enemies. The event is recorded in the Scroll of the Upright One. 1 The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day. 2
These were the cities of refuge 1 appointed for all the Israelites and for resident foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed someone could escape there and not be executed by 2 the avenger of blood, at least until his case was reviewed by the assembly. 3
When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gate as if to speak privately with him. Joab then stabbed him 1 in the abdomen and killed him, avenging the shed blood of his brother Asahel. 2
I said, 1 “Lord, you know how I suffer. 2 Take thought of me and care for me. Pay back for me those who have been persecuting me. Do not be so patient with them that you allow them to kill me. Be mindful of how I have put up with their insults for your sake.
Get out of Babylonia quickly, you foreign people. 1 Flee to save your lives. Do not let yourselves be killed because of her sins. For it is time for the Lord to wreak his revenge. He will pay Babylonia 2 back for what she has done. 3
for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.
We will take ten of every group of a hundred men from all the tribes of Israel (and a hundred of every group of a thousand, and a thousand of every group of ten thousand) to get supplies for the army. 1 When they arrive in Gibeah of Benjamin they will punish them for the atrocity which they committed in Israel.” 2
Now the men of Israel were hard pressed that day, for Saul had made the army agree to this oath: “Cursed be the man who eats food before evening! I will get my vengeance on my enemies!” So no one in the army ate anything.
Saul replied, “Here is what you should say to David: ‘There is nothing that the king wants as a price for the bride except a hundred Philistine foreskins, so that he can be avenged of his 1 enemies.’” (Now Saul was thinking that he could kill David by the hand of the Philistines.)
They brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, saying to the king, “Look! The head of Ish-bosheth son of Saul, your enemy who sought your life! The Lord has granted vengeance to my lord the king this day against 1 Saul and his descendants!”
The Gibeonites said to him, “We 1 have no claim to silver or gold from Saul or from his family, 2 nor would we be justified in putting to death anyone in Israel.” David asked, 3 “What then are you asking me to do for you?”
Shout the battle cry from all around the city. She will throw up her hands in surrender. 1 Her towers 2 will fall. Her walls will be torn down. Because I, the Lord, am wreaking revenge, 3 take out your vengeance on her! Do to her as she has done!
For see what this very thing, this sadness 1 as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, 2 what indignation, 3 what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, 4 what punishment! 5 In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.