Laws in the Book of Numbers

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent. – Numbers 23:19.

If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. – Numbers 30:2.

Ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. 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. [The manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment.] – Numbers 35:11-12.

Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. – Numbers 35:30-31.

Ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel. – Numbers 35:33-34.

According to tradition, Moses wrote the Book of Numbers and the other four books of the Torah. Modern Bible scholars are divided over how the book emerged into its final form; many believe that the book had multiple authors and was a product of the Exilic and Persian periods (6th and 5th centuries B.C.).

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list.


The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

Peter Kirby has formulated an impressive collection of early Jewish documents and links available at: Early Jewish Writings

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