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Cities of refuge


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. Num. 35:6, 13, 15; Josh. 20:2, 7, 9. There were three on each side of Jordan.

1. Kedesh, in Naphtali. 1 Chron. 6:76. 2. Shechem, in Mount Ephraim. Josh. 21:21; 1 Chron. 6:67; 2 Chron. 10:1. 3. Hebron, in Judah. Josh. 21:13; 2 Sam. 5:5; 1 Chron. 6:55; 29:27; 2 Chron. 11:10. 4. On the east side of Jordan—Bezer, in the tribe of Reuben, in the plains of Moab. Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; 21:36; 1 Macc. 5:26. 5. Ramoth-gilead, in the tribe of Gad. Deut. 4:43; Josh. 21:38; 1 Kings 22:3. 6. Golan, in Bashan, in the half-tribe of Manasseh. Deut. 4:43; Josh. 21:27; 1 Chron. 6:71.