A place of safety or protection from enemies. Six of the levitical cities were designated as cities of refuge (Josh 20:7-9), where one who accidentally caused a death might seek asylum from avengers until the case could be judged by the elders of the city. One who was found innocent of deliberate murder could continue to live in sanctuary in the city of refuge (Num 35:6-28; Deut 19:1-13). God is often portrayed as a refuge or shelter for humanity, most frequently in psalms (Ps 7:1; Ps 11:1; Ps 46:1; 2Sam 22:3; Isa 25:4; Jer 16:19; Heb 6:18).

Josh 20:7-9

7So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill ... View more

Num 35:6-28

6The towns that you give to the Levites shall include the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit a slayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give ... View more

Deut 19:1-13

Laws concerning the Cities of Refuge
1When the Lord your God has cut off the nations whose land the Lord your God is giving you, and you have dispossessed them ... View more

Ps 7:1

Plea for Help against Persecutors
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
save me ... View more

Ps 11:1

Song of Trust in God
To the leader. Of David.
1In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains;

Ps 46:1

God's Defense of His City and People
To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song.
1God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trou ... View more

2Sam 22:3

3my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.

Isa 25:4

4For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ... View more

Jer 16:19

19O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to you shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
Our ancestors have i ... View more

Heb 6:18

18so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize ... View more

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