Joshua 21

Forty-eight Cities of the Levites

1Then the heads of
Lit fathers
households of b  the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of
Lit fathers
households of the tribes of the sons of Israel.
2They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying d  “The  Lord commanded
Lit by the hand of
through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle.”
3So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord.
4Then the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And the sons of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites
Lit had
received thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin.

5The rest of the sons of Kohath
Lit had
received 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.

6The sons of Gershon
Lit had
received 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.

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

8Now the k  sons of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as the  Lord had commanded
Lit by the hand of
through Moses.

9They 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; 10and 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. 11Thus m  they gave them Kiriath-arba, Arba being the n  father of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands. 12But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

13So o  to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave p  Hebron, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and q  Libnah with its pasture lands, 14and r  Jattir with its pasture lands and s  Eshtemoa with its pasture lands, 15and
In 1 Chr 6:58, Hilen
Holon with its pasture lands and u  Debir with its pasture lands,
16and
In 1 Chr 6:59, Ashan
Ain with its pasture lands and w  Juttah with its pasture lands and x  Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands; nine cities from these two tribes.
17From the tribe of Benjamin y  Gibeon with its pasture lands z  Geba with its pasture lands, 18Anathoth with its pasture lands and
In 1 Chr 6:60, Allemeth
Almon with its pasture lands; four cities.
19All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

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

27 ad  To 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. 28From the tribe of Issachar, they gave Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands, 29Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands; four cities. 30From the tribe of Asher, they gave Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands, 31Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands; four cities. 32From the tribe of Naphtali, they gave ae  Kedesh 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. 33All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

34To the families of af  the 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. 35Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands; four cities. 36From the tribe of Reuben, they gave ag  Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands, 37Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands; four cities. 38From the tribe of Gad, they gave ah  Ramoth in Gilead, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and ai  Mahanaim with its pasture lands, 39Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands; four cities in all. 40All 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 aj  All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands. 42These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities.

43 ak  So the  Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and al  they possessed it and lived in it. 44And the  Lord am  gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and an  no one of all their enemies stood before them; ao  the  Lord gave all their enemies into their hand. 45 ap  Not
Lit a word from every good word
one of the good promises which the  Lord had
Lit spoken
made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.
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