A place of safety until judgment can occur

Joshua Bible Background

03.27.2019 – Old Testament: Jos 20.9

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 19–20 on March 27, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Lord knows that accidents happen and that some people will seek retribution before those in charge can investigate the matter. Therefore, He had Israel set up Cities of Refuge, where someone could flee who had killed another person accidentally,

These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel and for the stranger who dwelt among them, that whoever killed a person accidentally might flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stood before the congregation.

– Joshua 20.9 

Those Cities of Refuge protected anyone who fled there, until the time that a decision can be made as to whether the person was guilty or innocent. If the person had been innocent, but a surviving member of the dead one’s family had already killed the person, then the second killer would be guilty of sin.


  • Do you make judgments about people before you know the facts?
  • Have you been judged before the facts had been laid out?

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