Deuteronomy 19 ©
The cities of refuge. The privilege thereof allowed to the manslayer; but not to him that is guilty of wilful murder. The landmark not to be removed. Two witnesses at the least are required to prove a criminal fact. The punishment of a false witness.
As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to *hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the 3head slippeth from the 4*helve, and 5lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; ehe shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:
Lest the favenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and 6slay him; whereas he was gnot worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not 7in time past.
Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.
¶If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is 9wrong;