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Cities of Refuge

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Cities of Refuge. Were 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. Kedesh, in Galilee, 1 Chronicles 6:76. 2. Shechem, in 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, in the tribe of Reuben, in the plains of Moab, Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8; Joshua 21:36. 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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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Cities of Refuge'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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