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  • "Hear, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky! - Deuteronomy 9:1

  • Then you must set apart three cities of refuge in the land the LORD your God is giving you to occupy. - Deuteronomy 19:2

  • Divide the land the LORD your God is giving you into three districts, with one of these cities in each district. Keep the roads to these cities in good repair so that anyone who has killed someone can flee there for safety. - Deuteronomy 19:3

  • "If someone accidentally kills a neighbor without harboring any previous hatred, the slayer may flee to any of these cities and be safe. - Deuteronomy 19:4

  • For example, suppose someone goes into the forest with a neighbor to cut wood. And suppose one of them swings an ax and the ax head flies off the handle, killing the other person. In such cases, the slayer could flee to one of the cities of refuge and be safe. - Deuteronomy 19:5

  • That is why I am commanding you to set aside three cities of refuge. - Deuteronomy 19:7

  • you must designate three additional cities of refuge. (He will give you this land if you obey all the commands I have given you--if you always love the LORD your God and walk in his ways.) - Deuteronomy 19:9

  • "But suppose someone hates a neighbor and deliberately ambushes and murders that neighbor and then escapes to one of the cities of refuge. - Deuteronomy 19:11

  • They will lay siege to your cities until all the fortified walls in your land--the walls you trusted to protect you--are knocked down. They will attack all the towns in the land the LORD your God has given you. - Deuteronomy 28:52

  • He and his people became very afraid when they heard all this because Gibeon was a large city--as large as the royal cities and larger than Ai. And the Gibeonite men were mighty warriors. - Joshua 10:2

  • The rest of you continue chasing the enemy and cut them down from the rear. Don't let them get back to their cities, for the LORD your God has given you victory over them." - Joshua 10:19

  • So Joshua and the Israelite army continued the slaughter and wiped out the five armies except for a tiny remnant that managed to reach their fortified cities. - Joshua 10:20

  • However, Joshua did not burn any of the cities built on mounds except Hazor. - Joshua 11:13

  • And the Israelites took all the captured goods and cattle of the ravaged cities for themselves, but they killed all the people. - Joshua 11:14

  • The king of Tirzah. In all, thirty-one kings and their cities were destroyed. - Joshua 12:24

  • and includes the five Philistine cities of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The land of the Avvites in the south also remains to be conquered. In the north, this area has not yet been conquered: all the land of the Canaanites, including Mearah (which belongs to the Sidonians), stretching northward to Aphek on the border of the Amorites; - Joshua 13:4

  • It also included half of Gilead and King Og's royal cities of Ashtaroth and Edrei. All this was given to the descendants of Makir, who was Manasseh's son. - Joshua 13:31
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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