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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Joshua 20

Verse 1

The LORD . Hebrew. Jehovah . App-4 .

spoke. See note on Joshua 1:1 .

Verse 2

children = sons.

Verse 3

killeth any person = smiteth a soul. Hebrew. nephesh. See App-13 . Literally a killer, smiting a soul.

unwittingly = unknowingly (anglo-Saxon).

Verse 6

until. The cities of refuge, being cities of the priests, bore the sin of the mauslayer. What the high priest was to the Levites, the Levites were to the nation. On the Day of Atonement, therefore, all the sins of the nation came into his hand. On his death he was freed from the Law (Romans 6:7 ; Romans 7:1-4 ), and those whom he represented were freed also. Compare Romans 5:9-11 .Hebrews 7:23-25; Hebrews 7:23-25 for the contrast.

Verse 7

appointed =. separated, and thus sanctified.

Verse 9

killeth any person = smiteth a soul". Hebrew. nephesh. See App-13 .

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 20". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/joshua-20.html. 1909-1922.