Joshua chapter 21

Cities for the Levites of the Kohathite clan, the Gershon clan, and the Merari clan.

 


 

CITIES FOR THE LEVITES

 

VERSE 1. Then the heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites came near to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of fathers’ houses of the tribes of the children of Israel.

the Levites came near. The leaders of the tribe of Levi step forward to claim the towns Moses had promised them.

 

VERSE 2. They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “The LORD commanded through Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with their pasture lands for our livestock.”

give us cities to dwell in, with their pasture lands. The Levites were given 48 towns with pasturelands, including the 6 towns of refuge.

 

VERSE 3. The children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of the LORD, these cities with their pasture lands.

 

DONATED TO THE KOHATHITE CLAN

 

VERSE 4. The lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. The children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, had thirteen cities by lot out of the tribe of Judah, out of the tribe of the Simeonites, and out of the tribe of Benjamin.

the families of the Kohathites. The cities are distributed according to the three sons of Levi:

 

VERSE 5. The rest of the children of Kohath had ten cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh.

 

VERSE 6. The children of Gershon had thirteen cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, out of the tribe of Asher, out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

The children of Gershon. The cities are distributed according to the three sons of Levi:

 

VERSE 7. The children of Merari according to their families had twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben, out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun.

The children of Merari. The cities are distributed according to the three sons of Levi:

 

VERSE 8. The children of Israel gave these cities with their pasture lands by lot to the Levites, as the LORD commanded by Moses.

 

VERSE 9. They gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are mentioned by name:

Judah … Simeon. The Tribes of Judah and Simeon donate nine cities.

 

VERSE 10. and they were for the children of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi; for theirs was the first lot.

the Kohathites. The Kohathites receive nine cities from Judah and Simeon.

 

VERSE 11. They gave them Kiriath Arba, named after the father of Anak (also called Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its pasture lands around it.

 

VERSE 12. But they gave the fields of the city and its villages to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

 

VERSE 13. To the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the man slayer, Libnah with its pasture lands,

 

VERSE 14. Jattir with its pasture lands, Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,

 

VERSE 15. Holon with its pasture lands, Debir with its pasture lands,

 

VERSE 16. Ain with its pasture lands, Juttah with its pasture lands, and Beth Shemesh with its pasture lands: nine cities out of those two tribes.

 

VERSE 17. Out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Benjamin. The Tribe of Benjamin donates four cities.

 

VERSE 18. Anathoth with its pasture lands, and Almon with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 19. All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

 

VERSE 20. The families of the children of Kohath, the Levites, even the rest of the children of Kohath, had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.

the tribe of Ephraim. The Tribe of Ephraim donates four cities.

 

VERSE 21. They gave them Shechem with its pasture lands in the hill country of Ephraim, the city of refuge for the man slayer, and Gezer with its pasture lands,

 

VERSE 22. Kibzaim with its pasture lands, and Beth Horon with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 23. Out of the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Dan. The Tribe of Dan donates four cities.

 

VERSE 24. Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath Rimmon with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 25. Out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach with its pasture lands, and Gath Rimmon with its pasture lands: two cities.

the half-tribe of Manasseh. The half-tribe of Manasseh donates two cities.

 

VERSE 26. All the cities of the families of the rest of the children of Kohath were ten with their pasture lands.

 

DONATED TO THE GERSHON CLAN

 

VERSE 27. They gave to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the half-tribe of Manasseh Golan in Bashan with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the man slayer, and Be Eshterah with its pasture lands: two cities.

the half-tribe of Manasseh. The half-tribe of Manasseh donates two cities.

 

VERSE 28. Out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Issachar. The Tribe of Issachar donates four cities.

 

VERSE 29. Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En Gannim with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 30. Out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Asher. The Tribe of Asher donates four cities.

 

VERSE 31. Helkath with its pasture lands, and Rehob with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 32. Out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the man slayer, Hammothdor with its pasture lands, and Kartan with its pasture lands: three cities.

the tribe of Naphtali. The Tribe of Asher donates three cities.

 

VERSE 33. All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

 

DONATED TO THE MERARI CLAN

 

VERSE 34. To the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasture lands, Kartah with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Zebulun. The Tribe of Zebulun donates four cities.

 

VERSE 35. Dimnah with its pasture lands, and Nahalal with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 36. Out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with its pasture lands, Jahaz with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Reuben. The Tribe of Reuben donates four cities.

 

VERSE 37. Kedemoth with its pasture lands, and Mephaath with its pasture lands: four cities.

 

VERSE 38. Out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the man slayer, and Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

the tribe of Gad. The Tribe of Gad donates four cities.

 

VERSE 39. Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands: four cities in all.

 

VERSE 40. All these were the cities of the children of Merari according to their families, even the rest of the families of the Levites. Their lot was twelve cities.

 

VERSE 41. All the cities of the Levites among the possessions of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.

forty-eight cities with their pasture lands. The cities are distributed according to the three sons of Levi:

  • Kohath receives 13 cities (verse 4) plus 10 cities (verse 5)
  • Gershon receives 13 cities (verse 6)
  • Merari receives 12 cities (verse 7)
  • TOTAL: 48 cities

 

VERSE 42. Each of these cities included their pasture lands around them. It was this way with all these cities.

 

VERSE 43. So the LORD gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers. They possessed it, and lived in it.

 

VERSE 44. The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that he swore to their fathers. Not a man of all their enemies stood before them. The LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

 

VERSE 45. Nothing failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

 


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