Numbers 35-36 Young’s Literal Translation

The Inheritance of the Levites

35 1  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, 'near' Jericho, saying, 2  'Command the sons of Israel, and they have given to the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to inhabit; also a suburb for the cities round about them ye do give to the Levites. 3  And the cities have been to them to inhabit, and their suburbs are for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts. 4  'And the suburbs of the cities which ye give to the Levites 'are', from the wall of the city and without, a thousand cubits round about. 5  And ye have measured from the outside of the city, the east quarter, two thousand by the cubit, and the south quarter, two thousand by the cubit, and the west quarter, two thousand by the cubit, and the north quarter, two thousand by the cubit; and the city 'is' in the midst; this is to them the suburbs of the cities. 6  'And the cities which ye give to the Levites 'are' the six cities of refuge, which ye give for the fleeing thither of the man-slayer, and besides them ye give forty and two cities; 7  all the cities which ye give to the Levites 'are' forty and eight cities, them and their suburbs. 8  And the cities which ye give 'are' of the possession of the sons of Israel, from the many ye multiply, and from the few ye diminish; each, according to his inheritance which they inherit, doth give of his cities to the Levites.'

The Cities of Refuge

9  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 10  'Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When ye are passing over the Jordan to the land of Canaan, 11  and have prepared to yourselves cities—cities of refuge they are to you—then fled thither hath a man-slayer, smiting a person unawares, 12  and the cities have been to you for a refuge from the redeemer, and the man-slayer doth not die till his standing before the company for judgment. 13  'As to the cities which ye give—six 'are' cities of refuge to you; 14  the three of the cities ye give beyond the Jordan, and the three of the cities ye give in the land of Canaan; cities of refuge they are. 15  To sons of Israel, and to a sojourner, and to a settler in their midst, are these six cities for a refuge, for the fleeing thither of any one smiting a person unawares. 16  'And if with an instrument of iron he hath smitten him, and he dieth, he 'is' a murderer: the murderer is certainly put to death. 17  'And if with a stone 'in' the hand, wherewith he dieth, he hath smitten him, and he dieth, he 'is' a murderer: the murderer is certainly put to death. 18  'Or with a wooden instrument 'in' the hand, wherewith he dieth, he hath smitten him, and he dieth, he 'is' a murderer: the murderer is certainly put to death. 19  'The redeemer of blood himself doth put the murderer to death; in his coming against him he doth put him to death. 20  'And if in hatred he thrust him through, or hath cast 'anything' at him by lying in wait, and he dieth; 21  or in enmity he hath smitten him with his hand, and he dieth; the smiter is certainly put to death; he 'is' a murderer; the redeemer of blood doth put the murderer to death in his coming against him. 22  'And if, in an instant, without enmity, he hath thrust him through, or hath cast at him any instrument, without lying in wait; 23  or with any stone wherewith he dieth, without seeing, and causeth 'it' to fall upon him, and he dieth, and he 'is' not his enemy, nor seeking his evil; 24  then have the company judged between the smiter and the redeemer of blood, by these judgments. 25  'And the company have delivered the man-slayer out of the hand of the redeemer of blood, and the company have caused him to turn back unto the city of his refuge, whither he hath fled, and he hath dwelt in it till the death of the chief priest, who hath been anointed with the holy oil. 26  'And if the man-slayer at all go out 'from' the border of the city of his refuge whither he fleeth, 27  and the redeemer of blood hath found him at the outside of the border of the city of his refuge, and the redeemer of blood hath slain the man-slayer, blood is not for him; 28  for in the city of his refuge he doth dwell till the death of the chief priest; and after the death of the chief priest doth the man-slayer turn back unto the city of his possession.

The Law concerning Bloodshed

29  'And these things have been to you for a statute of judgment to your generations, in all your dwellings: 30  whoso smiteth a person, by the mouth of witnesses doth 'one' slay the murderer; and one witness doth not testify against a person—to die. 31  'And ye take no atonement for the life of a murderer who 'is' condemned—to die, for he is certainly put to death; 32  and ye take no atonement for him to flee unto the city of his refuge, to turn back to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. 33  'And ye profane not the land which ye 'are' in, for blood profaneth the land; as to the land, it is not pardoned for blood which is shed in it except by the blood of him who sheddeth it; 34  and ye defile not the land in which ye are dwelling, in the midst of which I do tabernacle, for I Jehovah do tabernacle in the midst of the sons of Israel.'

The Law concerning the Marriage of Heiresses

36 1  And the heads of the fathers of the families of the sons of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, come near, and speak before Moses, and before the princes, heads of the fathers of the sons of Israel, 2  and say, Jehovah commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the sons of Israel, and my lord hath been commanded by Jehovah to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. 3  'And—they have been to one of the sons of the 'other' tribes of the sons of Israel for wives, and their inheritance hath been withdrawn from the inheritance of our fathers, and hath been added to the inheritance of the tribe which is theirs, and from the lot of our inheritance it is withdrawn, 4  and if it is the jubilee of the sons of Israel, then hath their inheritance been added to the inheritance of the tribe which is theirs, and from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers is their inheritance withdrawn.'

5  And Moses commandeth the sons of Israel, by the command of Jehovah, saying, 'Rightly are the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaking; 6  this 'is' the thing which Jehovah hath commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, To those good in their eyes let them be for wives; only, to a family of the tribe of their fathers let them be for wives; 7  and the inheritance of the sons of Israel doth not turn round from tribe unto tribe; for each to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers, do the sons of Israel cleave. 8  'And every daughter possessing an inheritance, of the tribes of the sons of Israel, is to one of the family of the tribe of her father for a wife, so that the sons of Israel possess each the inheritance of his fathers, 9  and the inheritance doth not turn round from 'one' tribe to another tribe; for each to his inheritance do they cleave, the tribes of the sons of Israel.' 10  As Jehovah hath commanded Moses, so have the daughters of Zelophehad done, 11  and Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, daughters of Zelophehad, are to the sons of their fathers' brethren for wives; 12  'to men' of the families of the sons of Manasseh, son of Joseph, they have been for wives, and their inheritance is with the tribe of the family of their father. 13  These 'are' the commands and the judgments which Jehovah hath commanded, by the hand of Moses, concerning the sons of Israel, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, 'near' Jericho.


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