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若苏厄书 Joshua
1上主训示若苏厄说:1Yahweh said to Joshua,
2「你应告诉以色列子民说:他们应照我藉梅瑟向你们所提及的,指定一些避难城,2"Speak to the Israelites and say to them: Choose the cities of refuge about which I told you through Moses,
3好使无心误杀人的,能逃到那里去。这些城市作为你们逃避报血仇者的地方。3towns where a person who kills someone accidentally may find safety; they are to be your refuge from the dead person's relative who is looking for revenge.
4那误杀人的,只要逃往这些城中的一座,立于城门口,将自己的事,报告给这城的长老听;长老就该将他接入城中,给他地方,让他住在他们中间。4The man who has killed may run away to one of these towns; he shall appear at the entrance to the town and explain his case to the elders of the place. They shall welcome him and assign him. place to live among them.
5如果报血仇者追来了,长老不可将他交于报血仇者手中,因为他杀人原是出于无心,素无仇恨。5If the person who wants revenge follows him there, they are not to hand him over, since he has killed his neighbor accidentally and not out of hatred.
6杀人者应住在这城内,直到他在会众面前出庭受审,直到现任的大司祭去世之后,方可回到本城本家,即由之逃出的城市。」6The man who has killed must remain in that town until he has received a public trial and until the death of the high priest then in office. Only then may the man who has killed go back to his own town and his own house, to the town from which he has escaped."
7以色列人于是在纳斐塔里山区,指定了加里肋亚的刻德士;在厄弗辣因山区指定了舍根;在犹大山区指定了克黎雅特阿尔巴,即赫贝龙;7For this purpose they set aside Kedesh in Galilee, in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the highlands of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba, which is now Hebron, in the hill country of Judah.
8在约但河东岸,耶里哥东面,在旷野高原里,勒乌本支派内指定了贝责尔;在加得支派内,指定了基肋阿得的辣摩特;在默纳协支派内,指定了巴商的哥蓝。8East of the Jordan, in the desert east of Jericho, they chose Bezer in the territory of Reuben, Ramoth-gilead in the territory of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the territory of Manasseh.
9以上是为所有的以色列人和寄居他们中间的外方人指定的城市,使凡误杀人的,能逃往那里去,在他未出庭受会众审判以前,不致死在报血仇者的手里。9These were the towns set aside for all the Israelites and for any foreigner living among them, where anyone who had killed a person accidentally could find safety from the dead person's relative looking for revenge, until he had been given a public trial.
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