Joshua 20:1: God Addresses Joshua about the Cities of Refuge

Verse 1:[1] The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying…

[He spoke…to Joshua] The cessation is not here blamed on Joshua, as if he neglected to establish the cities of refuge so often commanded previously; but this is signified, that he attended to these commandments, just like the others, at the right time by Divine instinct, and that he reported concerning them to the people. For the cities of refuge were not able to be established until after the distribution of the land, Deuteronomy 19. Therefore, the statutes concerning the law of the Cities of Refuge follow in their own order, after the distribution of the possessions (Masius).

[1] Hebrew: וַיְדַבֵּ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה אֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁ֖עַ לֵאמֹֽר׃

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  1. Matthew Henry: ‘Many things were by the law of Moses ordered to be done when they came to Canaan and this among the rest, the appointing of sanctuaries for the protecting of those that were guilty of casual murder, which was a privilege to all Israel, since no man could be sure but some time or other it might be his own case; and it was for the interest of the land that the blood of an innocent person, whose hand only was guilty but not his heart, should not be shed, no, not by the avenger of blood: of this law, which was so much for their advantage, God here reminds them, that they might remind themselves of the other laws he had given them, which concerned his honour.’

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