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And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

35:12 the avenger. The “avenger” (Hebrew gaal, also translated “kinsman” or “redeemer”) acted under the authority of Genesis 9:6 in seeking to avenge the death of a near kinsman. Note Hebrews 6:18.

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