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Forty-eight Cities of the Levites

1 Then the heads of households F239 of the R374 Levites approached Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of households F239 of the tribes of the sons of Israel. 2 They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, "The R375 LORD commanded through F240 Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle." 3 So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command F241 of the LORD. 4 Then the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And the sons of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, received F242 thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin.

5 The rest of the sons of Kohath received F243 ten cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Ephraim and from the tribe of Dan and from the half-tribe of Manasseh.

6 The sons of Gershon received F244 thirteen cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher and from the tribe of Naphtali and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

7 The sons of Merari according to their families received F245 twelve cities from the tribe of Reuben and from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulun.

8 Now the sons R376 of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as the LORD had commanded through F246 Moses.

9 They gave these cities which are here mentioned by name from the tribe of the sons of Judah and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon; 10 and they were for the sons of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the sons of Levi, for the lot was theirs first. 11 Thus they R377 gave them Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father R378 of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands. 12 But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

13 So to R379 the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, R380 the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Libnah R381 with its pasture lands, 14 and Jattir R382 with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa R383 with its pasture lands, 15 and Holon F247 with its pasture lands and Debir R384 with its pasture lands, 16 and Ain F248 with its pasture lands and Juttah R385 with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh R386 with its pasture lands; nine cities from these two tribes. 17 From the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon R387 with its pasture lands, Geba R388 with its pasture lands, 18 Anathoth with its pasture lands and Almon F249 with its pasture lands; four cities. 19 All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

20 Then the cities from the tribe of Ephraim were allotted to the families R389 of the sons of Kohath, the Levites, even to the rest of the sons of Kohath. 21 They gave them Shechem, R390 the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, in the hill country of Ephraim, and Gezer with its pasture lands, 22 and Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands; four cities. 23 From the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands, 24 Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; four cities. 25 From the half-tribe of Manasseh, they allotted Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; two cities. 26 All the cities with their pasture lands for the families of the rest of the sons of Kohath were ten.

27 To R391 the sons of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands; two cities. 28 From the tribe of Issachar, they gave Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands, 29 Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands; four cities. 30 From the tribe of Asher, they gave Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands, 31 Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands; four cities. 32 From the tribe of Naphtali, they gave Kedesh R392 in Galilee, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands; three cities. 33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

34 To the families of the R393 sons of Merari, the rest of the Levites, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands. 35 Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands; four cities. 36 From the tribe of Reuben, they gave Bezer R394 with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands, 37 Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands; four cities. 38 From the tribe of Gad, they gave Ramoth R395 in Gilead, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Mahanaim R396 with its pasture lands, 39 Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands; four cities in all. 40 All these were the cities of the sons of Merari according to their families, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.

41 All R397 the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands. 42 These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities.

43 So R398 the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they R399 possessed it and lived in it. 44 And the LORD gave R400 them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no R401 one of all their enemies stood before them; the R402 LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. 45 Not R403 one F250 of the good promises which the LORD had made F251 to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.


FOOTNOTES:
F239: Lit fathers
F239: Lit fathers
F240: Lit by the hand of
F241: Lit mouth
F242: Lit had
F243: Lit had
F244: Lit had
F245: Lit had
F246: Lit by the hand of
F247: In 1+@Chr 6:58, Hilen
F248: In 1+@Chr 6:59, Ashan
F249: In 1+@Chr 6:60, Allemeth
F250: Lit a word from every good word
F251: Lit spoken

CROSS REFERENCES:
R374: Numbers 35:1-8
R375: Numbers 35:2
R376: Genesis 49:5ff
R377: 1 Chronicles 6:55
R378: Joshua 14:15; 15:13
R379: 1 Chronicles 6:57
R380: Joshua 15:54
R381: Joshua 15:42
R382: Joshua 15:48
R383: Joshua 15:50
R384: Joshua 15:49
R385: Joshua 15:55
R386: Joshua 15:10
R387: Joshua 18:25
R388: Joshua 18:24
R389: 1 Chronicles 6:66
R390: Joshua 20:7
R391: 1 Chronicles 6:71
R392: Joshua 20:7
R393: 1 Chronicles 6:77
R394: Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8
R395: Deuteronomy 4:43; 1 Kings 4:13
R396: Genesis 32:2; 2 Samuel 2:8
R397: Numbers 35:7
R398: Deuteronomy 34:4
R399: Numbers 33:53; Deuteronomy 11:31; 17:14
R400: Joshua 1:13; 23:1
R401: Deuteronomy 7:24
R402: Exodus 23:31
R403: Joshua 23:14; 1 Kings 8:56

 
 

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