NASB — Joshua 21 — KJV

Forty-eight Cities of the Levites

1 Then the heads of Ihouseholds of athe Levites approached Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of Ihouseholds of the tribes of the sons of Israel. 2 They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “aThe LORD commanded Ithrough 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 Icommand 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, Ireceived thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin.

[1] ILit fathers aNu 35:1-8
[2] ILit by the hand of aNu 35:2
[3] ILit mouth
[4] ILit had

5 ¶ The rest of the sons of Kohath Ireceived 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.

[5] ILit had

6 ¶ The sons of Gershon Ireceived 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.

[6] ILit had

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

[7] ILit had

8 ¶ Now the asons of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as the LORD had commanded Ithrough Moses.

[8] ILit by the hand of aGn 49:5ff

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 athey gave them Kiriath-arba, [Arba being] the bfather 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.

[11] a1Ch 6:55 bJsh 14:15; 15:13

13 ¶ So ato the sons of Aaron the priest they gave bHebron, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and cLibnah with its pasture lands, 14 and aJattir with its pasture lands and bEshtemoa with its pasture lands, 15 and IHolon with its pasture lands and aDebir with its pasture lands, 16 and IAin with its pasture lands and aJuttah with its pasture lands [and] bBeth-shemesh with its pasture lands; nine cities from these two tribes. 17 From the tribe of Benjamin, aGibeon with its pasture lands, bGeba with its pasture lands, 18 Anathoth with its pasture lands and IAlmon with its pasture lands; four cities. 19 All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

[13] a1Ch 6:57 bJsh 15:54 cJsh 15:42
[14] aJsh 15:48 bJsh 15:50
[15] IIn 1Ch 6:58, Hilen aJsh 15:49
[16] IIn 1Ch 6:59, Ashan aJsh 15:55 bJsh 15:10
[17] aJsh 18:25 bJsh 18:24
[18] IIn 1Ch 6:60, Allemeth

20 ¶ Then the cities from the tribe of Ephraim were allotted to the afamilies of the sons of Kohath, the Levites, [even to] the rest of the sons of Kohath. 21 They gave them aShechem, 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.

[20] a1Ch 6:66
[21] aJsh 20:7

27aTo 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] aKedesh 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.

[27] a1Ch 6:71
[32] aJsh 20:7

34 ¶ To the families of athe 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] aBezer 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] aRamoth in Gilead, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and bMahanaim 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.

[34] a1Ch 6:77
[36] aDt 4:43; Jsh 20:8
[38] aDt 4:43; 1K 4:13 bGn 32:2; 2S 2:8

41aAll 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.

[41] aNu 35:7

43aSo the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and bthey possessed it and lived in it. 44 And the LORD agave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and bno one of all their enemies stood before them; cthe LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. 45 aNot Ione of the good promises which the LORD had IImade to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

[43] aDt 34:4 bNu 33:53; Dt 11:31; 17:14
[44] aJsh 1:13; 23:1 bDt 7:24 cEx 23:31
[45] ILit a word from every good word IILit spoken aJsh 23:14; 1K 8:56


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Eight of the forty cities given by lot, out of the other tribes, unto the Levites.

1 ¶ Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; 2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. 3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs. 4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, [which were] of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities. 5 And the rest of the children of Kohath [had] by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities. 6 And the children of Gershon [had] by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities. 7 The children of Merari by their families [had] out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. 8 And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

[1] Ex 6:14, 25; Nu 34:17; Jsh 14:1; 17:4; 19:51.
[2] Nu 35:2; Jsh 18:1; Ezk 48:9; Mt 10:10; Ga 6:6; 1Ti 5:17.
[3] Gn 49:7; Dt 33:8; 1Ch 6:54.
[4] Nu 35:8; Jsh 21:8; 24:33; 1Ch 6:54.
[5] Gn 46:11; Ex 6:16; Nu 3:27; Jsh 21:20; 1Ch 6:18, 61, 66.
[6] Ex 6:16; Nu 3:21; Jsh 21:27; 1Ch 6:62, 71.
[7] Ex 6:19; Nu 3:20; Jsh 21:34; 1Ch 6:63, 77.
[8] Nu 32:2; 33:54; 35:3; Jsh 18:6; 21:3; Pv 16:33; 18:18.

9 ¶ And 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 [here] mentioned by name, 10 Which the children of Aaron, [being] of the families of the Kohathites, [who were] of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot. 11 And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which [city is] Hebron, in the hill [country] of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about it. 12 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

[9] Jsh 21:13; 1Ch 6:65.
[10] Ex 6:18, 20; Nu 3:2, 19, 27; 4:2; Jsh 21:4.
[11] Gn 23:2; 35:27; Jsh 15:13, 54; 20:7; Jg 1:10; 2S 2:1; 5:1; 15:7; 1Ch 6:55; Lk 1:39.
[12] Jsh 14:13; 1Ch 6:55.

13 ¶ Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah with her suburbs, 14 And Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa with her suburbs, 15 And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs, 16 And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, [and] Bethshemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes. 17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs, 18 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four cities. 19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, [were] thirteen cities with their suburbs.

[13] Nu 35:6; Jsh 10:29; 15:42, 54; 20:7; 1Ch 6:56, 57; Is 37:8.
[14] Jsh 15:48, 50; 1S 30:27.
[15] Jsh 12:13; 15:49, 51; 1Ch 6:58.
[16] Jsh 15:10, 42, 55; 1S 6:9, 12; 1Ch 6:59.
[17] Jsh 9:3; 18:24, 25; 1Ch 6:60.
[18] 1K 2:26; 1Ch 6:60; Is 10:30; Jr 1:1.

20 ¶ And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites which remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim. 21 For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs, 22 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs; four cities. 23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs, 24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs; four cities. 25 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities. 26 All the cities [were] ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of Kohath that remained.

[20] Jsh 21:5; 1Ch 6:66.
[21] Gn 33:19; Jsh 16:10; 20:7; Jg 9:1; 1K 9:15; 12:1; 1Ch 6:67.
[22] Jsh 16:3, 5; 18:13; 1Ch 6:68.
[23] Jsh 19:44.
[24] Jsh 10:12; 19:42; 1Ch 6:69.
[25] Jsh 17:11; Jg 5:19; 1Ch 6:70.

27 ¶ And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the [other] half tribe of Manasseh [they gave] Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities. 28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs, 29 Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs; four cities. 30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs, 31 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities. 32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Hammothdor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities. 33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families [were] thirteen cities with their suburbs.

[27] Dt 1:4; 4:43; Jsh 20:8; 21:6; 1Ch 6:71.
[28] Jsh 19:12; 1Ch 6:72.
[29] Jsh 10:3, 19, 21, 23; 12:11; 1Ch 6:73.
[30] Jsh 19:25; 1Ch 6:74.
[31] Nu 13:21; Jg 1:31; 18:21; 1Ch 6:75.
[32] Jsh 19:35, 37; 20:7; 1Ch 6:76.

34 ¶ And unto the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs, 35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities. 36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, 37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. 38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs, 39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in all. 40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were [by] their lot twelve cities. 41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel [were] forty and eight cities with their suburbs. 42 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them: thus [were] all these cities.

[34] Jsh 12:22; 19:11, 15; 21:7; 1Ch 6:77.
[35] Jsh 21:35, 40, 41.
[36] Nu 21:23; Dt 4:43; Jsh 13:18; 20:8; 1Ch 6:78.
[38] Gn 32:2; Jsh 20:8; 2S 17:24; 19:32; 1K 22:3; 1Ch 6:80.
[39] Nu 21:26; 32:1, 3, 35, 37; Jsh 13:17, 21; 1Ch 6:81; Is 16:8; Jr 48:32.
[41] Gn 49:7; Nu 26:62; 35:1; Dt 33:10.

God gave the land, and rest unto the Israelites, according to his promise.

43 ¶ And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

[43] Gn 12:7; 13:15; 15:13; 26:3; 28:4, 13; Ex 3:8; 23:27; Ps 44:3; 106:42.
[44] Dt 7:22; 31:3; Jsh 1:15; 11:23; 22:4, 9; He 4:9.
[45] Nu 23:19; Jsh 23:14; 1K 8:56; 1Co 1:9; 1Th 5:24; Tit 1:2; He 6:18.


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