New American Standard Bible
Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east,
King James Bible
Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
Darby Bible Translation
Then Moses separated three cities on this side the Jordan toward the sun-rising,
World English Bible
Then Moses set apart three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise;
Young's Literal Translation
Then Moses separateth three cities beyond the Jordan, towards the sun-rising,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
These verses are inserted between two distinct and complete discourses for the reason to which they themselves call attention ("Then Moses severed three cities," etc.); i. e., the fact narrated took place historically after Moses spoke the one discourse and before he delivered the other. In thus severing the three cities of refuge Moses carried out a previous command of God (see the marginal references); and so followed up his exhortations to obedience by setting a punctual example of it, as far as opportunity was given him.
LibraryPolitical and Religious Life of the Jewish Dispersion in the West - their Union in the Great Hope of the Coming Deliverer.
It was not only in the capital of the Empire that the Jews enjoyed the rights of Roman citizenship. Many in Asia Minor could boast of the same privilege.  The Seleucidic rulers of Syria had previously bestowed kindred privileges on the Jews in many places. Thus, they possessed in some cities twofold rights: the status of Roman and the privileges of Asiatic, citizenship. Those who enjoyed the former were entitled to a civil government of their own, under archons of their choosing, quite independent …
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
The First Covenant
"The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.
'You shall give three cities across the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan; they are to be cities of refuge.
that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:
you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess.
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.
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