CLV(i) 1 When Yahweh your Elohim cuts off the nations whose country Yahweh your Elohim is giving to you, and you tenant in their place and dwell in their cities and in their houses, 2 you shall separate for yourself three cities in the midst of your land that Yahweh your Elohim is giving to you to tenant it. 3 You shall prepare for yourself the road to them and trisect the territory of your land that Yahweh your Elohim shall give to you as an allotment; and it will come to be that every manslayer is to flee there. 4 This is the word about the manslayer who may flee there and live:Whoever should smite his associate without knowledge when he was not hating him heretofore, 5 or he who should come with his associate into the wildwood to chop trees, and his hand may be impelled with the axe to cut down a tree, and the iron head flies off the wooden handle and finds his associate so that he dies, that man, he shall flee to one of these cities that he may live. 6 Otherwise the redeemer of blood may pursue after the manslayer while his heart is furious, and he may overtake him because the road is long enough, and he may smite his soul even though he had no judgment of death, seeing that he was not hating him heretofore. 7 Therefore I am instructing you, saying:Three cities shall you separate for yourself. 8 And when Yahweh your Elohim widens your territory just as He had sworn to your fathers, and gives to you the whole land that He had promised to give to your father. 9 (in case you observe all of this instruction to obey it, that I am enjoining on you today, to love Yahweh your Elohim and to walk in His ways all the days), then you must add for yourself three more cities to these three. 10 Thus within your land that Yahweh your Elohim is giving to you as an allotment, the blood of the innocent shall not be shed so that no guilt of bloodshed comes to be on you. 11 But if a man is hating his associate, and he waits in ambush for him, rises against him and smites his soul so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities, 12 then the elders of his city will send for him, take him from there and give him into the hand of the redeemer of blood so that he may die. 13 Your eye shall not commiserate over him. Thus you will eradicate from Israel the shedding of innocent blood, and it will be well with you. 14 You shall not move away the boundary marker of your associate by which the former ones bounded your allotment that you are allotted in the land that Yahweh your Elohim is giving to you to tenant it. 15 A single witness shall not rise against a man regarding any depravity or any sin. In any sin which one may sin, the matter shall be confirmed at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses. 16 In case a malicious witness should rise against a man asserting his defection, 17 then the two men who have the contention must stand before Yahweh and before the priests and the judges who shall come to be in those days. 18 The judges will inquire diligently, and behold, should the false witness assert false testimony against his brother, 19 then you must do to him just as he schemed to do to his brother. Thus you will eradicate the evil from among you. 20 The remainder shall hearken and fear, and they shall no longer continue to do anything like this evil matter among you. 21 Your eye shall not commiserate:soul for soul, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.