Deuteronomy 19

Great(i) 1 When the Lorde thy God hath roted out the nacyons, whose lande the Lorde thy God geueth the, and thou succedest in their enheritaunce, and dwellest in theyr cyties, and in theyr houses: 2 thou shalt appoynte .iij. cyties for the in the myddes of the lande whych the Lorde thy God geueth the to possesse it: 3 thou shalt prepare the waye, and deuyde the coastes of thy lande, whych the Lorde thy God geueth the to enherete, into .iij. partes, that whosoeuer commytteth murther, maye flee thyther. 4 For thys cause must the slayer flye thyther, that he maye lyue. 5 Who so kylleth hys neyghboure ignorantly, and hated hym not in tyme passed: And when a man goeth vnto the wodd wt his neyghboure to hewe wood, and as his hande fetcheth a stroke wyth the axe do cut downe the tre, the heade slyppeth from the helue, and smyteth hys neyghboure that he dyeth: the same shall flye vnto one of the same cyties & lyue. 6 Lest the executer of bloude folowe after the slayer whyle hys herte is whote, and ouertake hym, because the wayes is longe, and slaye hym, and yet there is no cause worthy of death in hym, in as moche as he hated him not in tyme passed. 7 Wherfore I commaunde the, sayinge: thou shalt appoynte out .iij. cyties for the. 8 And yf the Lorde thy God enlarge thy coastes (as he hath sworne vnto thy fathers) and geue the all the lande whych he sayde he wold geue vnto thy fathers, 9 thou shalt kepe all these commaundmentes to do them, whych I commaunde the thys daye, that thou loue the Lorde thy God, and walke in his wayes euer, and adde .iij. cyties mo for the vnto those .iij. 10 that innocent bloude be not shed in thy lande, whych the Lorde thy God geueth the to enheret, and so bloude come vpon the. 11 But and yf any man hate hys neyghboure, and laye awayte for hym, and ryse agaynst hym, and smyte him that he dye, and then flyeth vnto any of these cyties: 12 the elders of his cytie shall sende, and fetche him thence, and delyuer hym into the handes of the iustyce of bloude, that he maye dye. 13 Thyne eye shall not spare hym, but thou shalt put a waye innocent bloude, from Israel, that it maye go well wyth the. 14 Thou shalt not remoue thy neyghbours marke, whych they of olde tyme haue sett in thyne enheritaunce, that thou shalt enheret in the lande, whych the Lorde thy God geueth the to enioye it. 15 One wytnesse shall not ryse agaynst a man for any maner trespace, or for any maner synne, or for any maner faute, that he offendeth in. But at the mouthe of two wytnesses or of .iij. wytnesses shall the matter be stablyshed. 16 If an vnryghteous wytnesse ryse vp agaynst a man to accuse him of trespace: 17 then both the men whych stryue together, shall stande before the Lorde, before the Preastes and the iudges, which shalbe in those dayes, 18 and the iudges shall make dyligent inquisicyon. And yf the witnesse be founde false, and that he hath geuen false wytnesse agaynst hys brother 19 then shall ye do vnto hym, as he had thought to do vnto hys brother, and thou shalt put euell awaye from the. 20 And other shall heare, & feare, and shall henceforth commyt nomore any soche wyckednesse amonge you. 21 And thyne eye shall haue no compassyon, but soale for soule, eye for eye, toth for toth, hande for hande, fote for fote.