New International Version
This is why I command you to set aside for yourselves three cities.
King James Bible
Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thyself.
World English Bible
Therefore I command you, saying, You shall set apart three cities for yourselves.
Young's Literal Translation
therefore I am commanding thee, saying, Three cities thou dost separate to thee.
Deuteronomy 19:7 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou shalt prepare thee a way - The Jews inform us that the roads to the cities of refuge were made very broad, thirty-two cubits; and even, so that there should be no impediments in the way; and were constantly kept in good repair.
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'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.
Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought.
If the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as he promised on oath to your ancestors, and gives you the whole land he promised them,
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