Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約書亞記 20


1耶和華對約書亞說: 「你吩咐以色列人,照我以前藉摩西所吩咐你們的,設立一些城邑作為避難城, 好讓那些誤殺了人的可以逃到那裡,免遭仇人追殺。 逃進城的人要先站在城門口,向避難城的長老陳明事情的經過,長老就把他們收容到城裡,給他們地方住。 如果他們的仇人追到,長老們不可把他們交出來,因為他們是無意殺的,跟被殺者無冤無仇。 這些人要住在城內,直到在會眾面前受了審訊,並且還要等到在任的大祭司死後,才可離城回鄉。」

於是,民眾便設立拿弗他利山區加利利境內的基低斯、以法蓮山區的示劍和猶大山區的基列·亞巴,即希伯崙作為避難城。 他們又在約旦河、耶利哥東面空曠的平原上設立呂便支派的比悉,迦得支派基列境內的拉末和瑪拿西支派巴珊境內的哥蘭作為避難城。 這是為以色列人和那些從外地來寄居的人所設立的避難城,誤殺了人的可以逃到那裡,不致未在會眾面前受審便死在報仇的人手裡。

New Living Translation

Joshua 20

The Cities of Refuge

1The Lord said to Joshua, “Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person accidentally and unintentionally can run to one of these cities; they will be places of refuge from relatives seeking revenge for the person who was killed.

“Upon reaching one of these cities, the one who caused the death will appear before the elders at the city gate and present his case. They must allow him to enter the city and give him a place to live among them. If the relatives of the victim come to avenge the killing, the leaders must not release the slayer to them, for he killed the other person unintentionally and without previous hostility. But the slayer must stay in that city and be tried by the local assembly, which will render a judgment. And he must continue to live in that city until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the accident. After that, he is free to return to his own home in the town from which he fled.”

The following cities were designated as cities of refuge: Kedesh of Galilee, in the hill country of Naphtali; Shechem, in the hill country of Ephraim; and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah. On the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho, the following cities were designated: Bezer, in the wilderness plain of the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead, in the territory of the tribe of Gad; and Golan in Bashan, in the land of the tribe of Manasseh. These cities were set apart for all the Israelites as well as the foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed another person could take refuge in one of these cities. In this way, they could escape being killed in revenge prior to standing trial before the local assembly.