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- n. certain cities appointed as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed homicide without design. Of these there were three on each side of Jordan.
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The Biblical cities of refuge were six in number, viz., to the west, Cedes in
It was otherwise with him that fled for refuge; for as he had a city of safety before him, so he had the avenger of blood behind him; and he fled with speed and diligence to the one, that he might avoid the other, Now, these cities of refuge were provided for the manslayer, who, having slain a man at unawares, and being thereby surprised with an apprehension of danger -- it being lawful for the avenger of blood to slay him -- fled with all his strength to one of those cities, where he was to enjoy immunity and safety.
By way of parenthesis, the sacred writer adds here (i) the appointment of three cities of refuge across the Jordan, iv,