Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Forgiveness and mercy are the highest items on God's agenda. The city of refuge was a designated place of grace where someone who had made a mistake could run for shelter and protection from revenge. When the high priest died, the person who had been spared from judgment was also restored to a normal life.

The man let down through the roof into Jesus' presence heard Jesus tell him, "Son, your sins are forgiven" (Luke 5:20). That one statement encompassed both his forgiveness and his healing. When your sins are forgiven, healing is easy!

Jesus, our High Priest, died in our place. Now we are free to live as forgiven, restored sinners. When we were overcome by our sins, Jesus forgave our transgressions (Psalm 65:3). Though we cannot see sin, it is an overwhelming enemy. It afflicts us, crushes the life out of us, and can take us to hell forever.

Run to the city of refuge! Run to the mercy seat! You are forgiven through the blood of Christ, and now, like the paralytic, you can "stand up, take your mat, and go on home" (Luke 5:24).

Numbers 33:40-35:34

40 The Canaanite kingS Ge 10:18 of Arad,S Nu 21:1 who lived in the NegevS Ge 12:9 of Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming.

41 They left Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.

42 They left Zalmonah and camped at Punon.

43 They left Punon and camped at Oboth.Nu 21:10

44 They left Oboth and camped at Iye Abarim, on the border of Moab.S Nu 21:11

45 They left Iye Abarim and camped at Dibon Gad.

46 They left Dibon Gad and camped at Almon Diblathaim.

47 They left Almon Diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim,Nu 27:12 near Nebo.Nu 32:3

48 They left the mountains of AbarimNu 27:12 and camped on the plains of MoabS Nu 26:3 by the JordanS Ge 13:10 across from Jericho.Nu 22:1; Jos 12:949 There on the plains of Moab they camped along the Jordan from Beth JeshimothJos 12:3; 13:20; Eze 25:9 to Abel Shittim.S Nu 21:16

50 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jerichover 48 the Lord said to Moses,51 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,Nu 34:2; Jos 3:1752 drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.Ex 34:13; S Lev 26:1; Ps 106:34-3653 Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.Dt 11:31; 17:14; Jos 1:11; 21:4354 Distribute the land by lot,S Lev 16:8; Nu 36:2 according to your clans.Nu 26:54 To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one.Nu 35:8 Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes.Jos 18:10

55 “‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thornsJos 23:13; Jdg 2:3; Ps 106:36; Isa 55:13; Eze 2:6; 28:24; Mic 7:4; 2Co 12:7 in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.Nu 14:28’”

Boundaries of Canaan

34 The Lord said to Moses,“Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan,S Nu 33:51 the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritanceGe 17:8; Dt 1:7-8; Jos 23:4; Ps 78:54-55; 105:11 is to have these boundaries:Eze 47:15

“‘Your southern side will include some of the Desert of ZinNu 13:21; Jos 15:1-3 along the border of Edom. Your southern boundary will start in the east from the southern end of the Dead Sea,S Ge 14:3cross south of Scorpion Pass,Jos 15:3; Jdg 1:36 continue on to Zin and go south of Kadesh Barnea.Nu 32:8 Then it will go to Hazar Addar and over to Azmon,Jos 15:4where it will turn, join the Wadi of EgyptGe 15:18 and end at the Mediterranean Sea.

“‘Your western boundary will be the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.Jos 1:4; 9:1; 15:12, 47; 23:4; Eze 47:10, 15; 48:28 This will be your boundary on the west.Eze 47:19-20

“‘For your northern boundary,Eze 47:15-17 run a line from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount HorS Nu 20:22and from Mount Hor to Lebo Hamath.Nu 13:21; Jos 13:5 Then the boundary will go to Zedad,continue to Ziphron and end at Hazar Enan. This will be your boundary on the north.

10 “‘For your eastern boundary,Jos 15:5 run a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham.11 The boundary will go down from Shepham to Riblah2Ki 23:33; 25:6, 21; Jer 39:5; 52:9, 27 on the east side of AinJos 15:32; 21:16; 1Ch 4:32 and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Galilee.Hebrew KinnerethDt 3:17; Jos 11:2; 13:2712 Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Dead Sea.

“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’”

13 Moses commanded the Israelites: “Assign this land by lotS Lev 16:8; Jos 18:10; Mic 2:5 as an inheritance.Jos 13:6; 14:1-5; Isa 49:8; 65:9; Eze 45:1 The Lord has ordered that it be given to the nine and a half tribes,14 because the families of the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance.Nu 32:19; Dt 33:21; Jos 14:315 These two and a half tribes have received their inheritance east of the Jordan across from Jericho, toward the sunrise.”

16 The Lord said to Moses,17 “These are the names of the men who are to assign the land for you as an inheritance: Eleazar the priest and JoshuaNu 11:28; Dt 1:38 son of Nun.18 And appoint one leader from each tribe to helpS Nu 1:4 assign the land.Jos 14:119 These are their names:ver 29

CalebS Nu 26:65 son of Jephunneh,

from the tribe of Judah;Ge 29:35; Dt 33:7; Ps 60:7

20 Shemuel son of Ammihud,

from the tribe of Simeon;S Ge 29:33

21 Elidad son of Kislon,

from the tribe of Benjamin;Ge 49:27; Jdg 5:14; Ps 68:27

22 Bukki son of Jogli,

the leader from the tribe of Dan;

23 Hanniel son of Ephod,

the leader from the tribe of ManassehNu 1:34 son of Joseph;

24 Kemuel son of Shiphtan,

the leader from the tribe of EphraimNu 1:32 son of Joseph;

25 Elizaphan son of Parnak,

the leader from the tribe of Zebulun;S Ge 30:20

26 Paltiel son of Azzan,

the leader from the tribe of Issachar;

27 Ahihud son of Shelomi,

the leader from the tribe of Asher;Nu 1:40

28 Pedahel son of Ammihud,

the leader from the tribe of Naphtali.”

29 These are the men the Lord commanded to assign the inheritance to the Israelites in the land of Canaan.ver 19

Towns for the Levites

35 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho,Nu 22:1 the Lord said to Moses,“Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live inLev 25:32-34; Jos 14:3, 4 from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasturelandsJos 21:1-42 around the towns.Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for the cattle they own and all their other animals.Dt 18:6; Jos 14:4; 21:2

“The pasturelands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend a thousand cubitsThat is, about 1,500 feet or about 450 meters from the town wall.Outside the town, measure two thousand cubitsThat is, about 3,000 feet or about 900 metersJos 3:4 on the east side, two thousand on the south side, two thousand on the west and two thousand on the north, with the town in the center. They will have this area as pastureland for the towns.Lev 25:34; 2Ch 11:14; 13:9; 23:2; 31:19

Cities of Refuge35:6-34Ref — Dt 4:41-43; 19:1-14; Jos 20:1-9

“Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee.ver 11; Jos 21:13 In addition, give them forty-two other towns.In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands.The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few.”Nu 26:54; 33:54

Then the Lord said to Moses:10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,Nu 33:51; Dt 9:1; Jos 1:2, 1111 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someonever 22-25 accidentallyS Ex 21:13 may flee.12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger,ver 19; Dt 19:6; Jos 20:3; 2Sa 14:11 so that anyone accused of murderver 26, 27, 28 may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.ver 24, 2513 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.ver 6, 1414 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge.15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.

16 “‘If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.S Ex 21:1217 Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.18 Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.19 The avenger of bloodS ver 12 shall put the murderer to death; when the avenger comes upon the murderer, the avenger shall put the murderer to death.ver 2120 If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionallyS Ex 21:14 so that they die21 or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is to be put to death;Ex 21:14 that person is a murderer. The avenger of bloodver 19 shall put the murderer to death when they meet.

22 “‘But if without enmity someone suddenly pushes another or throws something at them unintentionallyS Ex 21:1323 or, without seeing them, drops on them a stone heavy enough to kill them, and they die, then since that other person was not an enemy and no harm was intended,24 the assemblyS ver 12 must judge between the accused and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.25 The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest,ver 32 who was anointedS Ex 28:41 with the holy oil.S Ex 29:7

26 “‘But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which they fled27 and the avenger of blood finds them outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder.28 The accused must stay in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest may they return to their own property.

29 “‘This is to have the force of lawNu 27:11 for you throughout the generations to come,Nu 10:8 wherever you live.S Ex 12:20

30 “‘Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.Dt 17:6; 19:15; S Mt 18:16; Jn 7:51

31 “‘Do not accept a ransomEx 21:30; Job 6:22; Ps 49:8; Pr 13:8 for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.

32 “‘Do not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a city of refuge and so allow them to go back and live on their own land before the death of the high priest.

33 “‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land,S Ge 4:10 and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.34 Do not defile the landLev 18:24, 25 where you live and where I dwell,S Ex 29:45 for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites.’”

40 At that time the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev in the land of Canaan, heard that the people of Israel were approaching his land.

41 Meanwhile, the Israelites left Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.

42 Then they left Zalmonah and camped at Punon.

43 They left Punon and camped at Oboth.

44 They left Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim on the border of Moab.

45 They left Iye-abarimAs in 33:44; Hebrew reads Iyim, another name for Iye-abarim. and camped at Dibon-gad.

46 They left Dibon-gad and camped at Almon-diblathaim.

47 They left Almon-diblathaim and camped in the mountains east of the river,Or the mountains of Abarim; also in 33:48. near Mount Nebo.

48 They left the mountains east of the river and camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.49 Along the Jordan River they camped from Beth-jeshimoth as far as the meadows of AcaciaHebrew as far as Abel-shittim. on the plains of Moab.

50 While they were camped near the Jordan River on the plains of Moab opposite Jericho, the Lord said to Moses,51 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: When you cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan,52 you must drive out all the people living there. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines.53 Take possession of the land and settle in it, because I have given it to you to occupy.54 You must distribute the land among the clans by sacred lot and in proportion to their size. A larger portion of land will be allotted to each of the larger clans, and a smaller portion will be allotted to each of the smaller clans. The decision of the sacred lot is final. In this way, the portions of land will be divided among your ancestral tribes.55 But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.56 And I will do to you what I had planned to do to them.”

Boundaries of the Land

34 Then the Lord said to Moses,“Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries.The southern portion of your country will extend from the wilderness of Zin, along the edge of Edom. The southern boundary will begin on the east at the Dead Sea.Hebrew Salt Sea; also in 34:12.It will then run south past Scorpion PassOr the ascent of Akrabbim. in the direction of Zin. Its southernmost point will be Kadesh-barnea, from which it will go to Hazar-addar, and on to Azmon.From Azmon the boundary will turn toward the Brook of Egypt and end at the Mediterranean Sea.Hebrew the sea; also in 34:6, 7.

“Your western boundary will be the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

“Your northern boundary will begin at the Mediterranean Sea and run east to Mount Hor,then to Lebo-hamath, and on through Zedadand Ziphron to Hazar-enan. This will be your northern boundary.

10 “The eastern boundary will start at Hazar-enan and run south to Shepham,11 then down to Riblah on the east side of Ain. From there the boundary will run down along the eastern edge of the Sea of Galilee,Hebrew Sea of Kinnereth.12 and then along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea. These are the boundaries of your land.”

13 Then Moses told the Israelites, “This territory is the homeland you are to divide among yourselves by sacred lot. The Lord has commanded that the land be divided among the nine and a half remaining tribes.14 The families of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh have already received their grants of land15 on the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho toward the sunrise.”

Leaders to Divide the Land

16 And the Lord said to Moses,17 “Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun are the men designated to divide the grants of land among the people.18 Enlist one leader from each tribe to help them with the task.19 These are the tribes and the names of the leaders:

TribeLeader
JudahCaleb son of Jephunneh
20 SimeonShemuel son of Ammihud
21 BenjaminElidad son of Kislon
22 DanBukki son of Jogli
23 Manasseh son of JosephHanniel son of Ephod
24 Ephraim son of JosephKemuel son of Shiphtan
25 ZebulunElizaphan son of Parnach
26 IssacharPaltiel son of Azzan
27 AsherAhihud son of Shelomi
28 NaphtaliPedahel son of Ammihud

29 These are the men the Lord has appointed to divide the grants of land in Canaan among the Israelites.”

Towns for the Levites

35 While Israel was camped beside the Jordan on the plains of Moab across from Jericho, the Lord said to Moses,“Command the people of Israel to give to the Levites from their property certain towns to live in, along with the surrounding pasturelands.These towns will be for the Levites to live in, and the surrounding lands will provide pasture for their cattle, flocks, and other livestock.The pastureland assigned to the Levites around these towns will extend 1,500 feetHebrew 1,000 cubits [460 meters]. from the town walls in every direction.Measure off 3,000 feetHebrew 2,000 cubits [920 meters]. outside the town walls in every direction—east, south, west, north—with the town at the center. This area will serve as the larger pastureland for the towns.

“Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, where a person who has accidentally killed someone can flee for safety. In addition, give them forty-two other towns.In all, forty-eight towns with the surrounding pastureland will be given to the Levites.These towns will come from the property of the people of Israel. The larger tribes will give more towns to the Levites, while the smaller tribes will give fewer. Each tribe will give property in proportion to the size of its land.”

Cities of Refuge

The Lord said to Moses,10 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel.

“When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,11 designate cities of refuge to which people can flee if they have killed someone accidentally.12 These cities will be places of protection from a dead person’s relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community.13 Designate six cities of refuge for yourselves,14 three on the east side of the Jordan River and three on the west in the land of Canaan.15 These cities are for the protection of Israelites, foreigners living among you, and traveling merchants. Anyone who accidentally kills someone may flee there for safety.

16 “But if someone strikes and kills another person with a piece of iron, it is murder, and the murderer must be executed.17 Or if someone with a stone in his hand strikes and kills another person, it is murder, and the murderer must be put to death.18 Or if someone strikes and kills another person with a wooden object, it is murder, and the murderer must be put to death.19 The victim’s nearest relative is responsible for putting the murderer to death. When they meet, the avenger must put the murderer to death.20 So if someone hates another person and waits in ambush, then pushes him or throws something at him and he dies, it is murder.21 Or if someone hates another person and hits him with a fist and he dies, it is murder. In such cases, the avenger must put the murderer to death when they meet.

22 “But suppose someone pushes another person without having shown previous hostility, or throws something that unintentionally hits another person,23 or accidentally drops a huge stone on someone, though they were not enemies, and the person dies.24 If this should happen, the community must follow these regulations in making a judgment between the slayer and the avenger, the victim’s nearest relative:25 The community must protect the slayer from the avenger and must escort the slayer back to live in the city of refuge to which he fled. There he must remain until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the sacred oil.

26 “But if the slayer ever leaves the limits of the city of refuge,27 and the avenger finds him outside the city and kills him, it will not be considered murder.28 The slayer should have stayed inside the city of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest, the slayer may return to his own property.29 These are legal requirements for you to observe from generation to generation, wherever you may live.

30 “All murderers must be put to death, but only if evidence is presented by more than one witness. No one may be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.31 Also, you must never accept a ransom payment for the life of someone judged guilty of murder and subject to execution; murderers must always be put to death.32 And never accept a ransom payment from someone who has fled to a city of refuge, allowing a slayer to return to his property before the death of the high priest.33 This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder.Or can make atonement for murder.34 You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel.”

40 And king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.

41 And they departed from mount Hor, and pitched in Zalmonah.

42 And they departed from Zalmonah, and pitched in Punon.

43 And they departed from Punon, and pitched in Oboth.

44 And they departed from Oboth, and pitched in Ijeabarim, in the border of Moab.

45 And they departed from Iim, and pitched in Dibongad.

46 And they removed from Dibongad, and encamped in Almondiblathaim.

47 And they removed from Almondiblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

48 And they departed from the mountains of Abarim, and pitched in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.

49 And they pitched by Jordan, from Bethjesimoth even unto Abelshittim in the plains of Moab.

50 And the Lord spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,

51 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan;

52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:

53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.

54 And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.

55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.

34 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward:

And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon:

And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.

And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border.

And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor:

From mount Hor ye shall point out your border unto the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad:

And the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border.

10 And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham:

11 And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward:

12 And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.

13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the Lord commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe:

14 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:

15 The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.

16 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

17 These are the names of the men which shall divide the land unto you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.

18 And ye shall take one prince of every tribe, to divide the land by inheritance.

19 And the names of the men are these: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

20 And of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.

21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.

22 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli.

23 The prince of the children of Joseph, for the tribe of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod.

24 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Ephraim, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan.

25 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Zebulun, Elizaphan the son of Parnach.

26 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Issachar, Paltiel the son of Azzan.

27 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Asher, Ahihud the son of Shelomi.

28 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Naphtali, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.

29 These are they whom the Lord commanded to divide the inheritance unto the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.

35 And the Lord spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,

Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them.

And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.

And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about.

And ye shall measure from without 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; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.

And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.

So all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye give with their suburbs.

And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan;

11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.

12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

13 And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.

14 Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.

15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.

16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.

20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die;

21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.

22 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait,

23 Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm:

24 Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments:

25 And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

26 But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled;

27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood:

28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.

29 So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.

31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.

Luke 5:12-28

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy5:12-14pp — Mt 8:2-4; Mk 1:40-44

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.S Mt 8:2 When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone,S Mt 8:4 but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commandedLev 14:2-32 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more,S Mt 9:26 so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.S Lk 3:21

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man5:18-26pp — Mt 9:2-8; Mk 2:3-12

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the lawMt 15:1; Lk 2:46 were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.Mk 5:30; Lk 6:1918 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”Lk 7:48, 49

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”Isa 43:25

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?24 But I want you to know that the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.S Mt 9:8 They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners5:27-32pp — Mt 9:9-13; Mk 2:14-17

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,”S Mt 4:19 Jesus said to him,28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.ver 11; S Mt 4:19

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy

12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.14 Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, “Go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy.See Lev 14:2-32. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases.16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus,19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him.28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

Psalm 65:1-13

Psalm 65In Hebrew texts 65:1-13 is numbered 65:2-14.

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

Praise awaitsOr befits; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. you, our God, in Zion;Ps 2:6

to you our vows will be fulfilled.S Dt 23:21; Ps 116:18

You who answer prayer,

to you all people will come.Ps 86:9; Isa 66:23

When we were overwhelmed by sins,S Ps 40:12

you forgaveOr made atonement for our transgressions.Ps 79:9; Ro 3:25; Heb 9:14

Blessed are those you chooseS Ps 33:12

and bring nearS Nu 16:5 to live in your courts!

We are filled with the good things of your house,S Ps 36:8

of your holy temple.

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,S Dt 4:34; S Ps 45:4; 106:22; Isa 64:3

God our Savior,Ps 18:46; 68:19; 85:4

the hope of all the ends of the earthS Ps 48:10

and of the farthest seas,Ps 107:23

who formed the mountainsAm 4:13 by your power,

having armed yourself with strength,S Ps 18:1; 93:1; Isa 51:9

who stilled the roaring of the seas,Ps 89:9; 93:3-4; 107:29; S Mt 8:26

the roaring of their waves,

and the turmoil of the nations.Dt 32:41; Ps 2:1; 74:23; 139:20; Isa 17:12-13

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy.Ps 100:2; 107:22; 126:2; Isa 24:16; 52:9

You care for the land and water it;S Lev 26:4

you enrich it abundantly.Ps 104:24

The streams of God are filled with water

to provide the people with grain,S Ge 27:28; S Dt 32:14; Ps 104:14

for so you have ordained it.Or for that is how you prepare the land

10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;

you soften it with showersS Dt 32:2; S 2Sa 1:21; S Job 36:28; Ac 14:17 and bless its crops.

11 You crown the year with your bounty,S Dt 28:12; Ps 104:28; Jn 10:10

and your carts overflow with abundance.Job 36:28; Ps 147:14; Lk 6:38

12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;S Job 28:26; Joel 2:22

the hills are clothed with gladness.Ps 98:8

13 The meadows are covered with flocksPs 144:13; Isa 30:23; Zec 8:12

and the valleys are mantled with grain;Ps 72:16

they shout for joy and sing.Ps 98:8; Isa 14:8; 44:23; 49:13; 55:12

Psalm 65

For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

What mighty praise, O God,

belongs to you in Zion.

We will fulfill our vows to you,

for you answer our prayers.

All of us must come to you.

Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,

you forgive them all.

What joy for those you choose to bring near,

those who live in your holy courts.

What festivities await us

inside your holy Temple.

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,

O God our savior.

You are the hope of everyone on earth,

even those who sail on distant seas.

You formed the mountains by your power

and armed yourself with mighty strength.

You quieted the raging oceans

with their pounding waves

and silenced the shouting of the nations.

Those who live at the ends of the earth

stand in awe of your wonders.

From where the sun rises to where it sets,

you inspire shouts of joy.

You take care of the earth and water it,

making it rich and fertile.

The river of God has plenty of water;

it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,

for you have ordered it so.

10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,

melting the clods and leveling the ridges.

You soften the earth with showers

and bless its abundant crops.

11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;

even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,

and the hillsides blossom with joy.

13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,

and the valleys are carpeted with grain.

They all shout and sing for joy!

65 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.

10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Proverbs 11:23

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,

but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

23 The godly can look forward to a reward,

while the wicked can expect only judgment.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

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