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The people of Damascus will lose heart and turn to flee. Panic will grip them. Pain and anguish will seize them like a woman in labor.
Look, this town 1 over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 2 Let me go there. 3 It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 4 Then I’ll survive.” 5
These six towns will be places of refuge for the Israelites, and for the foreigner, and for the settler among them, so that anyone who kills any person accidentally may flee there.
And you must not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a town of refuge, to allow him to return home and live on his own land before the death of the high priest. 1
You shall build a roadway and divide into thirds the whole extent 1 of your land that the Lord your God is providing as your inheritance; anyone who kills another person should flee to the closest of these cities.
Anyone who accidentally kills someone can escape there; 1 these cities will be a place of asylum from the avenger of blood.
When the men of Ai turned around, they saw 1 the smoke from the city ascending into the sky and were so shocked they were unable to flee in any direction. 2 In the meantime the men who were retreating to the desert turned against their pursuers.
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
Now Saul’s son Jonathan had a son who was crippled in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan arrived from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but in her haste to get away, he fell and was injured. 1 Mephibosheth was his name.
King Rehoboam sent Adoniram, 1 the supervisor of the work crews, 2 out after them, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam managed to jump into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. 3
King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, 1 the supervisor of the work crews, out after them, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam managed to jump into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. 2