New Living Translation
designate cities of refuge to which people can flee if they have killed someone accidentally.
King James Bible
Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.
Darby Bible Translation
then ye shall appoint for yourselves cities: cities of refuge shall they be for you; that a manslayer may flee thither, who without intent smiteth a person mortally.
World English Bible
then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person unwittingly may flee there.
Young's Literal Translation
and have prepared to yourselves cities -- cities of refuge they are to you -- then fled thither hath a man-slayer, smiting a person unawares,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
35:11 Unawares - Not wilfully, designedly or maliciously, but through mistake or indiscretion.
But if it was simply an accident permitted by God, I will appoint a place of refuge where the slayer can run for safety.
"Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. This is how you are to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the LORD's commands.
"If one of Israel's leaders sins by violating one of the commands of the LORD his God but doesn't realize it, he is still guilty.
These cities are for the protection of Israelites, foreigners living among you, and traveling merchants. Anyone who accidentally kills someone may flee there for safety.
"But suppose someone pushes another person without having shown previous hostility, or throws something that unintentionally hits another person,
"When the LORD your God destroys the nations whose land he is giving you, you will take over their land and settle in their towns and homes.
"Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses.
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