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The Cities of Refuge

It is interesting how the Lord provided safety to the person who might accidentally kill someone. First He specifies what murder is. In the case of murder there is no defense and the murderer shall forfeit his life. For the person that accidentally takes a life, He provides a way in which the manslayer may continue to live, at least until he stands trial before the congregation.

What I don’t understand is that the manslayer shall live in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest. At this time he shall return to the city of his possession. So, the manslayer lives in the city of refuge to be protected from the avenger of the person that he killed. I get that. But when the high priest dies, is he no longer protected? Is his victim’s avenger able to extract vengeance now? That isn’t what the text says, but what happens after that is undefined.


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  1. Paul Haber on said:

    I’ve wondered the same thing- maybe a cooling-off period for the avenger–and a reason for the man-slayer to pray for a long lfe for the hight priest!?

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