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Numbers‬ ‭35‬:‭6‬-‭8‬

“The cities that you give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit the manslayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities. All the cities that you give to the Levites shall be forty-eight, with their pasturelands. And as for the cities that you shall give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, shall give of its cities to the Levites.”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭35‬:‭6‬-‭8‬


The cities that you give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit the manslayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.


six cities


Exodus 20:9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,


Leviticus 25:3 For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits,


Joshua 6:3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.


Exodus 25:32 And there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it;


Job 5:19 He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you.



refuge H4733: From קָלַט H7038 in the sense of taking in; an asylum (as a receptacle).


2 Samuel 22:3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.


Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah


Hebrews 6:18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.



manslayer H7523: BDB Lexicon:

1. to murder, slay, kill

a. (Qal) to murder, slay

1. premeditated

2. accidental

3. as avenger

4. slayer (intentional) (participle)

b. (Niphal) to be slain

c. (Piel)

1. to murder, assassinate

2. murderer, assassin (participle) (substantive)

d. (Pual) to be killed

Strong’s Definitions:

A primitive root; properly to dash in pieces, that is, kill (a human being), especially to murder


1 John 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


1 Timothy 1:9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,


Romans 3:10 as it is written:"None is righteous, no, not one;


Galatians 2:16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.



forty-two cities


Revelation 11:2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.


Revelation 13:5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.


2 Kings 10:14 He said, "Take them alive." And they took them alive and slaughtered them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them.


2 Kings 2:24 And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.



All the cities that you give to the Levites shall be forty-eight, with their pasturelands.


Numbers 23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!"


Matthew 24:40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.24:41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.



And as for the cities that you shall give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, shall give of its cities to the Levites.


Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

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