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1 God commands,
7 and the children of Israel appoint the six cities of
* Jos 5:14; 6:2; 7:10; 13:1-7
* Ex 21:13,14 Nu 35:6,11-14 De 4:41-43; 19:2-13 Ro 8:1,33,34
* Heb 6:18,19
- your refuge.
* Nu 35:15-24
- at the entering.
* Ru 4:1,2 Job 5:4; 29:7 Pr 31:23 Jer 38:7
* Ps 26:9
- that he may.
* Heb 6:18
* Nu 35:12,25
* Nu 35:12,24,25 Heb 9:26
- appointed. Heb. sanctified. Kedesh.
Kedesh, called Cadesa, or Caidesa, by Josephus, was situated
in Upper Galilee, twenty miles south-east from Tyre, according
to Eusebius. The cities of refuge were distributed through
the land at proper distances from each other, that they might
be convenient to every part of the land; and it is said they
were situated on eminences, that they might be easily seen at
a distance; the roads leading to them being broad, even, and
always kept in good repair. Kedesh and Hebron were at the two
extremities of the land, the former being in Galilee, and the
latter in Judah, both in mountainous districts, and Shechem
was in mount Ephraim, nearly in the center. Bezer was east of
Jordan, in the eastern part of the plain opposite Jericho;
Ramoth was about the midst of the country of the two tribes
and a half, being about the middle of the mountains of Gilead;
and Golan, the capital of Gaulonitis, was situated in the
tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Bashan. As this institution
is considered as a type of Christ, some expositors observe a
significancy in the names of these cities with application to
Him as Our Refuge. Kedesh signifies holy, and our refuge is
the holy Jesus. Shechem, a shoulder, "and the government is
upon his shoulder." Hebron, fellowship, and believers are
called into the fellowship of Christ Jesus our Lord. Bezer, a
fortification, for he is a strong hold to all them that trust
in him. Ramoth, high, or exalted, for him hath God exalted
with his own right hand. Golan, joy, or exultation, for in
him all the saints are justified, and shall glory.
* Jos 21:32 1Ch 6:76
* Jos 21:21 Ge 33:18,19 2Ch 10:1
* Jos 14:15; 21:11,13
* Lu 1:39
* Jos 21:36 De 4:43 1Ch 6:78
* Jos 21:38 1Ki 22:3,4,6 1Ch 6:80
* Jos 21:27
- the cities.
* Nu 35:15
- until he stood. See on ver.
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