Deuteronomy 19:2
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New International Version
then set aside for yourselves three cities in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.

King James Bible
Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Darby Bible Translation
thou shalt separate three cities for thyself in the midst of thy land, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess.

World English Bible
you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.

Young's Literal Translation
three cities thou dost separate for thee in the midst of thy land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee to possess it.

Deuteronomy 19:2 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt separate three cities - See on Numbers 35:11 (note), etc.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

separate three cities Unquestionably in imitation of these cities, the heathen had their {asyla} and the Roman Catholics their {privileged altars}; and similar traditions seem to obtain in many barbarous nations, for `the North American Indian nations have most of them either a house or town of refuge, which is a sure asylum to protect a manslayer, or the unfortunate captive, if he once enter it. In almost every Indian nation, there are several towns, which are called old beloved, ancient, holy, or white towns, (white being their fixed emblem of peace, friendship, prosperity, happiness, purity, etc.) They seem to have been formerly towns of refuge; for it is not in the memory of the oldest people that human blood was shed in them.

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sun rise...

Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest: that your ox and your donkey may rest...

Numbers 35:10-15 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan...

Joshua 20:2-7 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spoke to you by the hand of Moses...

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation...

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The Cities of Refuge
'The Lord also spake unto Joshua, saying, 2. Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: 3. That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4. And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they shall
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What the Ruler's Discrimination Should be Between Correction and Connivance, Between Fervour and Gentleness.
It should be known too that the vices of subjects ought sometimes to be prudently connived at, but indicated in that they are connived at; that things, even though openly known, ought sometimes to be seasonably tolerated, but sometimes, though hidden, be closely investigated; that they ought sometimes to be gently reproved, but sometimes vehemently censured. For, indeed, some things, as we have said, ought to be prudently connived at, but indicated in that they are connived at, so that, when the
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:41
Then Moses set aside three cities east of the Jordan,

Deuteronomy 19:3
Determine the distances involved and divide into three parts the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that a person who kills someone may flee for refuge to one of these cities.

Joshua 20:2
"Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,

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