New Amharic Standard Version

ኢያሱ 20:1-9

የመማጠኛ ከተሞች

20፥1-9 ተጓ ምብ – ዘኁ 35፥9-34፤ ዘዳ 4፥41-43፤ 19፥1-14

1ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር ኢያሱን እንዲህ አለው፤ 2“በሙሴ በኩል በነገርኋችሁ መሠረት የመማጠኛ ከተሞች እንዲለዩ ለእስራኤላውያን ንገራቸው፤ 3ሳያስበው ድንገት ሰው የገደለ ማንኛውም ሰው ወደዚያ በመሸሽ ከደም ተበቃዩ እንዲያመልጥ ከተማዪቱ መጠለያ ትሁን። 4“ገዳዩ ከነዚህ ከተሞች ወደ አንዲቱ በሚሸሽበት ጊዜ፣ በከተማዪቱ መግቢያ በር ላይ ቆሞ ጒዳዩን ለከተማዪቱ ሽማግሌዎች ይንገራቸው፤ ከዚያም እነርሱ ወደ ከተማቸው አስገብተው የሚኖርበትን ስፍራ ሰጥተውት አብሮአቸው ይቀመጥ። 5ደም ተበቃዩ ተከታትሎት ቢመጣ፣ ሆን ብሎና በክፋት ተነሣሥቶ ወንድሙን የገደለው ባለመሆኑ፣ ሰዎቹ ነፍሰ ገዳዩን አሳልፈው አይስጡት። 6በማኅበሩ ፊት ለፍርድ እስኪቀርብና በዚያ ጊዜ የሚያገለግለው ሊቀ ካህናት እስኪሞት ድረስ በዚያች ከተማ ይቆይ። ከዚያም ወደ ቤቱ፣ ሸሽቶ ወደ መጣበት ከተማ ሊመለስ ይችላል።”

7ስለዚህም በኰረብታማው በንፍታሌም ምድር በገሊላ ቃዴስን፣ በኰረብታማው በኤፍሬም ምድር ሴኬምን፣ በኰረብታማው በይሁዳ ምድር ኬብሮን የምትባለውን ቂርያት አርባቅን ለዩ። 8እንደዚሁም ከዮርዳኖስ ማዶ ከኢያሪኮ20፥8 ምናልባት፣ ዮርዳኖስ ዘኢያሪኮ የዮርዳኖስ ወንዝ የጥንት መጠሪያ ሊሆን ይችላል። በስተምስራቅ በሮቤል ነገድ ይዞታ ውስጥ ከፍታ ባለው ምድረ በዳ ያለችውን ቦሶርን፣ በጋድ ነገድ ይዞታ ውስጥ ባለችው በገለዓድ የምትገኘውን ራሞትንና በምናሴ ነገድ ይዞታ ውስጥ በባሳን የምትገኘውን ጎላንን ለዩ። 9ሳያስበው በድንገት ሰው የገደለ ማንኛውም እስራኤላዊ ወይም በመካከላቸው የሚኖር ማንኛውም መጻተኛ ወደ ተለዩት ከተሞች መሸሽ ይችላል፤ በማኅበሩ ፊት ከመቆሙ አስቀድሞም በደም ተበቃዩ መገደል የለበትም።

New International Reader’s Version

Joshua 20:1-9

Cities to Run to for Safety

1Then the Lord spoke to Joshua. He said, 2“Tell the Israelites to choose the cities to go to for safety, just as I directed you through Moses. 3Anyone who kills a person by accident can run there for safety. So can anyone who kills a person without meaning to. The one charged with murder will be kept safe from the nearest male relative of the person killed. 4Suppose those who are charged with murder run for safety to one of these cities. Then they must stand in the entrance of the city gate. They must state their case in front of the elders of that city. The elders must let them come into their city. The elders must provide a place for them to live in their city. 5Suppose the nearest male relative of the person killed chases the one charged with murder. Then the elders must not hand them over to that relative. That’s because that person didn’t mean to kill their neighbor. They didn’t make evil plans to do it. 6They must stay in that city until their case has been brought to the community court. They must stay there until the high priest serving at that time dies. Then they can go back to their own home. They can return to the town they ran away from.”

7So the Israelites set apart Kedesh in Galilee. It’s in the hill country of Naphtali. They set apart Shechem. It’s in the hill country of Ephraim. They set apart Kiriath Arba. It’s in the hill country of Judah. Kiriath Arba is also called Hebron. 8On the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho they chose Bezer. It’s in the desert on the high plains. It’s in the territory of the tribe of Reuben. They chose Ramoth in Gilead. It’s in the territory of the tribe of Gad. They chose Golan in the land of Bashan. It’s in the territory of the tribe of Manasseh. 9Suppose you kill someone by accident. Or another Israelite does it. Or an outsider who lives among you does it. Then any of you can run for safety to one of these cities that have been chosen. There you won’t be killed by the nearest male relative of the person killed by accident. First your case must be brought to the community court.