Deuteronomy 19:1-21, NLT
Cities of Refuge
1“When the Lord your God destroys the nations whose land he is giving you, you will take over their land and settle in their towns and homes.
4“If someone kills another person unintentionally, without previous hostility, the slayer may flee to any of these cities to live in safety.
6“If the distance to the nearest city of refuge is too far, an enraged avenger might be able to chase down and kill the person who caused the death. Then the slayer would die unfairly, since he had never shown hostility toward the person who died.
8“And if the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he swore to your ancestors, and gives you all the land he promised them,
11“But suppose someone is hostile toward a neighbor and deliberately ambushes and murders him and then flees to one of the cities of refuge.
Concern for Justice
14“When you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession, you must never steal anyone’s land by moving the boundary markers your ancestors set up to mark their property.
15“You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
16“If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime,