Numbers 35:11
New International Version
select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee.

New Living Translation
designate cities of refuge to which people can flee if they have killed someone accidentally.

English Standard Version
then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there.

Berean Study Bible
designate cities to serve as your cities of refuge, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally may flee there.

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.

New King James Version
then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there.

New American Standard Bible
then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, so that the one who commits manslaughter by killing a person unintentionally may flee there.

NASB 1995
then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any person unintentionally may flee there.

NASB 1977
then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any person unintentionally may flee there.

Amplified Bible
then you shall select for yourselves cities to be cities of refuge, so that the one who kills any person unintentionally may escape there.

Christian Standard Bible
designate cities to serve as cities of refuge for you, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally may flee there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
designate cities to serve as cities of refuge for you, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally may flee there.

American Standard Version
then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer that killeth any person unwittingly may flee thither.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Prepare for yourselves cities to be a place of refuge for you that a killer, whoever may kill a soul by accident, may escape there.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And ye shall appoint to yourselves cities: they shall be to you cities of refuge for the slayer to flee to, every one who has killed another unintentionally.

Contemporary English Version
choose Safe Towns, where a person who has accidentally killed someone can run for protection.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Determine what cities shall be for the refuge of fugitives, who have shed blood against their will.

English Revised Version
then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the manslayer which killeth any person unwittingly may flee thither.

Good News Translation
you are to choose cities of refuge to which any of you can escape if you kill someone accidentally.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
select certain cities to be places of refuge. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may run to them.

International Standard Version
they are to designate some towns of refuge so that anyone who kills someone inadvertently may flee there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer that killeth any person through error may flee thither.

Literal Standard Version
and have prepared cities for yourselves—they are cities of refuge to you—then a manslayer, striking a person through ignorance, has fled there,

NET Bible
you must then designate some towns as towns of refuge for you, to which a person who has killed someone unintentionally may flee.

New Heart 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Six Cities of Refuge
10“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11designate cities to serve as your cities of refuge, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally may flee there. 12You are to have these cities as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands trial before the assembly.…

Cross References
Exodus 21:13
If, however, he did not lie in wait, but God allowed it to happen, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.

Leviticus 4:2
"Tell the Israelites to do as follows with one who sins unintentionally against any of the LORD's commandments and does what is forbidden by them:

Leviticus 4:22
When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is prohibited by any of the commandments of the LORD his God, he incurs guilt.

Numbers 35:15
These six cities will serve as a refuge for the Israelites and for the foreigner or stranger among them, so that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there.

Numbers 35:22
But if anyone pushes a person suddenly, without hostility, or throws an object at him unintentionally,

Deuteronomy 19:1
When the LORD your God has cut off the nations whose land He is giving you, and when you have driven them out and settled in their cities and houses,

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


Treasury of Scripture

Then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which kills any person at unawares.

ye shall appoint.

Numbers 35:6
And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.

Joshua 20:2
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:

unawares.

Numbers 35:22,23
But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait, …

Exodus 21:13
And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

Deuteronomy 4:42
That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:









Verse 11. - Ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you. God had already announced that he would appoint a place whither one guilty of unpremeditated manslaughter might flee for safety (Exodus 21:18). The expression there used does not point to more than one "place," but it is not inconsistent with several. Probably the right of sanctuary has been recognized from the earliest times in which any local appropriation of places to sacred purposes has been made. It is an instinct of religion to look upon one who has escaped into a sacred enclosure as being under the personal protection of the presiding deity. It is certain that the right was largely recognized in Egypt, where the priestly caste was so powerful and ambitious; and this is no doubt the reason (humanly speaking) for the promise in Exodus 21:13, and for the command in the following verse. Inasmuch as the whole of Canaan was the Lord's, any places within it might he endowed with rights of sanctuary, but it was obviously suitable that they should be Levitical cities; the Divine prerogative of mercy could nowhere be better exercised, nor would any citizens be better qualified to pronounce and to uphold the rightful decision in each case.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
designate
וְהִקְרִיתֶ֤ם (wə·hiq·rî·ṯem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 7136: To light upon, to bring about, to impose timbers

cities
עָרִ֔ים (‘ā·rîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5892: Excitement

to serve as
תִּהְיֶ֣ינָה (tih·ye·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

your
לָכֶ֑ם (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

cities
עָרֵ֥י (‘ā·rê)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of refuge,
מִקְלָ֖ט (miq·lāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4733: Refuge, asylum

so that a person
רֹצֵ֔חַ (rō·ṣê·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7523: To dash in pieces, kill, to murder

who kills
מַכֵּה־ (mak·kêh-)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5221: To strike

someone
נֶ֖פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

unintentionally
בִּשְׁגָגָֽה׃ (biš·ḡā·ḡāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7684: A mistake, inadvertent transgression

may flee
וְנָ֥ס (wə·nās)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

there.
שָׁ֙מָּה֙ (šām·māh)
Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither


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