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Cities for the Levites 35:1 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
2 “Command the people of Israel to give to the Levites some of the inheritance of their possession as cities for them to dwell in. And you shall give to the Levites pasturelands around the cities.
3 The cities shall be theirs to dwell in, and their pasturelands shall be for their cattle and for their livestock and for all their beasts.
4 The pasturelands of the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around.
5 And you shall measure, outside the city, on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the middle. This shall belong to them as pastureland for their cities.
6 “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.
7 All the cities that you give to the Levites shall be forty-eight, with their pasturelands.
8 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.”
Cities of Refuge9 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there.
12 The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment.
13 And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge.
14 You shall give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge.
15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there.
16 “But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
17 And if he struck him down with a stone tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
18 Or if he struck him down with a wooden tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
19 The avenger of blood shall himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 And if he pushed him out of hatred or hurled something at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
21 or in enmity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
22 “But if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait
23 or used a stone that could cause death, and without seeing him dropped it on him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy and did not seek his harm,
24 then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these rules.
25 And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
26 But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he fled,
27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the boundaries of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood.
28 For he must remain in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest, but after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.
29 And these things shall be for a statute and rule for you throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
30 “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
31 Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.
32 And you shall accept no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the high priest.
33 You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
34 You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”
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Marriage of Female Heirs 36:1 The heads of the fathers’ houses of the clan of the people of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of the people of Joseph, came near and spoke before Moses and before the chiefs, the heads of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel.
2 They said, “The Lord commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the people of Israel, and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters.
3 But if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the people of Israel, then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. So it will be taken away from the lot of our inheritance.
4 And when the jubilee of the people of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”
5 And Moses commanded the people of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, “The tribe of the people of Joseph is right.
6 This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: ‘Let them marry whom they think best, only they shall marry within the clan of the tribe of their father.
7 The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
8 And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers.
9 So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another, for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.’”
10 The daughters of Zelophehad did as the Lord commanded Moses,
11 for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to sons of their father’s brothers.
12 They were married into the clans of the people of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s clan.
13 These are the commandments and the rules that the Lord commanded through Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
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17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince.
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers.
9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice.
24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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Blessed Are the ForgivenA Maskil of David.32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted awaythrough my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,and I did not cover my iniquity;I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godlyoffer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;surely in the rush of great waters,they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;you preserve me from trouble;you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,which must be curbed with bit and bridle,or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
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The Steadfast Love of the Lord33:1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!Praise befits the upright.
2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song;play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;he puts the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
13 The Lord looks down from heaven;he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks outon all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them alland observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army;a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,and by its great might it cannot rescue.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from deathand keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,even as we hope in you.
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