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The Wilderness

(Category 5 of 16)

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Cities for the Levites

35

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in athe plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, saying:
2 a“Command the children of Israel that they give the Levites cities to dwell in from the inheritance of their possession, and you shall also give the Levites bcommon- land around the cities.
3 “They shall have the cities to dwell in; and their common-land shall be for their cattle, for their herds, and for all their animals.
4 “The common-land of the cities which you will give the Levites shall extend from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around.
5 “And you shall measure outside the city on the east side two thousand cubits, on the south side two thousand cubits, on the west side two

CHAPTER 35 References

1 aNum. 33:50
2 aJosh. 14:3,
4; 21:2, 3;
Ezek. 45:1;
48:10–20 bLev.
25:32–34
6 aDeut. 4:41;
Josh. 20:2, 7,
8; 21:3, 13
7 aJosh. 21:41
8 aJosh. 21:3
bNum. 26:54;
33:54
10 aDeut. 19:2;
Josh. 20:1–9
11 aEx. 21:13;
Num.
35:22–25;
Deut. 19:1–13
12 aDeut. 19:6;
Josh. 20:3, 5, 6
13 aNum. 35:6
14 aDeut. 4:41;
Josh. 20:8
15 aNum. 15:16
16 aEx. 21:12,
14; Lev. 24:17;
Deut. 19:11,
12
19 aNum.
35:21, 24, 27;
Deut. 19:6, 12
1A family
member who
is to avenge
the victim
20 aGen. 4:8;
2 Sam. 3:27;
20:10; 1 Kin.
2:31, 32 bEx.
21:14; Deut.
19:11, 12

thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits. The city shall be in the middle. This shall belong to them as common-land for the cities.
6 “Now among the cities which you will give to the Levites you shall appoint asix cities of refuge, to which a manslayer may flee. And to these you shall add forty-two cities.
7 “So all the cities you will give to the Levites shall be aforty-eight; these you shall give with their common-land.
8 “And the cities which you will give shall be afrom the possession of the children of Israel; bfrom the larger tribe you shall give many, from the smaller you shall give few. Each shall give some of its cities to the Levites, in proportion to the inheritance that each receives.”

Cities of Refuge

9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: a‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 ‘then ayou shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there.
12 a‘They shall be cities of refuge for you from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment.
13 ‘And of the cities which you give, you shall have asix cities of refuge.
14 a‘You shall appoint three cities on this side of the Jordan, and three cities you shall appoint in the land of Canaan, which will be cities of refuge.
15 ‘These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, afor the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there.
16 a‘But if he strikes him with an iron implement, so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17 ‘And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
18 ‘Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
19 a‘The1 avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 a‘If he pushes him out of hatred or, bwhile lying in wait, hurls something at him so that he dies,
21 ‘or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies, the one who

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struck him shall surely be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
22 ‘However, if he pushes him suddenly awithout enmity, or throws anything at him without lying in wait,
23 ‘or uses a stone, by which a man could die, throwing it at him without seeing him, so that he dies, while he was not his enemy or seeking his harm,
24 ‘then athe congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood according to these judgments.
25 ‘So the congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall return him to the city of refuge where he had fled, and ahe shall remain there until the death of the high priest bwho was anointed with the holy oil.
26 ‘But if the manslayer at any time goes outside the limits of the city of refuge where he fled,
27 ‘and the avenger of blood finds him outside the limits of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of 1blood,
28 ‘because he should have remained in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.
29 ‘And these things shall be aa statute of judgment to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30 ‘Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the atestimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty.
31 ‘Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
32 ‘And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest.
33 ‘So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood adefiles the land, and no 1atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except bby the blood of him who shed it.
34 ‘Therefore ado not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for bI the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.’

Marriage of Female Heirs

36

1 Now the chief fathers of the families of the achildren of Gilead the son of Machir, the son

22 aEx. 21:13
24 aNum.
35:12; Josh.
20:6
25 aJosh. 20:6
bEx. 29:7; Lev.
4:3; 21:10
27 1Murder
29 aNum. 27:11
30 aDeut. 17:6;
19:15; Matt.
18:16; John
7:51; 8:17, 18;
2 Cor. 13:1;
Heb. 10:28
33 aDeut. 21:7,
8; Ps. 106:38
bGen. 9:6 1Lit.
covering
34 aLev. 18:24,
25; Deut.
21:23 bEx.
29:45, 46

CHAPTER 36 References

1 aNum. 26:29
bNum. 27:1–11
2 aNum. 26:55;
33:54; Josh.
17:4 bNum.
27:1, 5–7
3 aNum. 27:4
4 aLev. 25:10
5 aNum. 27:7
6 aNum. 36:11,
12 1Lit. be
wives to
7 a1 Kin. 21:3
8 a1 Chr. 23:22
11 aNum.
26:33; 27:1
13 aNum. 26:3;
33:50

NUMBERS 36:13

of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near and bspoke before Moses and before the leaders, the chief fathers of the children of Israel.
2 And they said: a“The LORD commanded my lord Moses to give the land as an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel, and bmy lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.
3 “Now if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then their inheritance will be ataken from the inheritance of our fathers, and it will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry; so it will be taken from the lot of our inheritance.
4 “And when athe Jubilee of the children of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry; so their inheritance will be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”
5 Then Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying: a“What the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaks is right.
6 “This is what the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them 1marry whom they think best, abut they may marry only within the family of their father’s tribe.’
7 “So the inheritance of the children of Israel shall not change hands from tribe to tribe, for every one of the children of Israel shall akeep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
8 “And aevery daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel shall be the wife of one of the family of her father’s tribe, so that the children of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers.
9 “Thus no inheritance shall change hands from one tribe to another, but every tribe of the children of Israel shall keep its own inheritance.”
10 Just as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad;
11 afor Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to the sons of their father’s brothers.
12 They were married into the families of the children of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s family.
13 These are the commandments and the judgments which the LORD commanded the children of Israel by the hand of Moses ain the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.

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PSALM 52

The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly

To the Chief Musician. A 1Contemplation of David awhen Doeg the Edomite went and btold Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”

1 WHY do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.
2 Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
3 You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah
4 You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue.

PSALM 52 References

title a1 Sam.
22:9 bEzek.
22:9 1Heb.
Maschil
7 1Lit. desire,
in evil sense
8 aJer. 11:16
9 1Or has a
good reputation

5 God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying,
7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his 1wickedness.”

8 But I am alike a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
9 I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it 1is good.

 
 

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