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Cities of Refuge

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Cities of Refuge. Six Levitical cities specially chosen for refuge to the involuntary homicide until released from banishment by the death of the high priest. Numbers 35:6; Numbers 35:13; Numbers 35:15; Joshua 20:2; Joshua 20:7; Joshua 20:9. There were three on each side of Jordan.

1. On the west side of Jordan; Kedesh, in Naphtali. 1 Chronicles 6:76.

2. Shechem, in Mount Ephraim. Joshua 21:21; 1 Chronicles 6:67; 2 Chronicles 10:1.

3. Hebron, in Judah. Joshua 21:13; 2 Samuel 5:5; 1 Chronicles 6:55; 1 Chronicles 29:27; 2 Chronicles 11:10.

4. On the east side of Jordan; Bezer or Bezer in The Wilderness, in the tribe of Reuben, in the plains of Moab. Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8; Joshua 21:36. 1 Maccabees 5:26.

5. Ramoth-Gilead, in the tribe of Gad. Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 21:38; 1 Kings 22:3.

6. Golan, in Bashan, in the half-tribe of Manasseh. Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 21:27; 1 Chronicles 6:71.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Cities of Refuge'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/c/cities-of-refuge.html. 1901.

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