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Joshua 21
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Cities for the Levites

21The ancestral heads of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and to the heads of the other tribes of the People of Israel.H5066H7218H1H3881H499H3548H3091H1121H5126H7218H1H4294H1121H3478 2This took place at Shiloh in the land of Canaan. They said, "GOD commanded through Moses that you give us cities to live in with access to pastures for our cattle."H1696H7887H776H3667H559H3068H6680H3027H4872H5414H5892H3427H4054H929 3So the People of Israel, out of their own inheritance, gave the Levites, just as GOD commanded, the following cities and pastures:H1121H3478H5414H3881H5159H6310H3068H5892H4054 4The lot came out for the families of the Kohathites this way: Levites descended from Aaron the priest received by lot thirteen cities out of the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.H1486H3318H4940H6956H1121H175H3548H3881H1486H4294H3063H4294H8099H4294H1144H7969H6240H5892 5The rest of the Kohathites received by lot ten cities from the families of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.H3498H1121H6955H1486H4940H4294H669H4294H1835H2677H4294H4519H6235H5892 6The Gershonites received by lot thirteen cities from the families of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.H1121H1648H1486H4940H4294H3485H4294H836H4294H5321H2677H4294H4519H1316H7969H6240H5892 7The families of the Merarites received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.H1121H4847H4940H4294H7205H4294H1410H4294H2074H8147H6240H5892 8So the People of Israel gave these cities with their pastures to the Levites just as GOD had ordered through Moses, that is, by lot.H1121H3478H5414H1486H3881H5892H4054H3068H6680H3027H4872

Cities for the Descendants of Aaron

9They assigned from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin the following towns, here named individuallyH5414H4294H1121H3063H4294H1121H8095H5892H7121H8034 10(these were for the descendants of Aaron who were from the families of the Kohathite branch of Levi because the first lot fell to them):H1121H175H4940H6956H1121H3878H7223H7223H1486 11Kiriath Arba (Arba was the ancestor of Anak), that is, Hebron, in the hills of Judah, with access to the pastures around it.H5414H7151H704H7153H1H6061H2275H2022H3063H4054H5439 12The fields of the city and its open lands they had already given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.H7704H5892H2691H5414H3612H1121H3312H272 13To the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (the asylum-city for the unconvicted killers), Libnah,H5414H1121H175H3548H2275H4054H5892H4733H7523H3841H4054 14Jattir, Eshtemoa,H3492H4054H851H4054 15Holon, Debir,H2473H4054H1688H4054 16Ain, Juttah, and Beth Shemesh, all with their accompanying pastures—nine towns from these two tribes.H5871H4054H3194H4054H1053H4054H8672H5892H8147H7626 17And from the tribe of Benjamin: Gibeon, Geba,H4294H1144H1391H4054H1387H4054 18Anathoth, and Almon, together with their pastures—four towns.H6068H4054H5960H4054H702H5892 19The total for the cities and pastures for the priests descended from Aaron came to thirteen.H5892H1121H175H3548H7969H6240H5892H4054 20The rest of the Kohathite families from the tribe of Levi were assigned their cities by lot from the tribe of Ephraim:H4940H1121H6955H3881H3498H1121H6955H5892H1486H4294H669 21Shechem (the asylum-city for the unconvicted killer) in the hills of Ephraim, Gezer,H5414H7927H4054H2022H669H5892H4733H7523H1507H4054 22Kibzaim, and Beth Horon, with their pastures—four towns.H6911H4054H1032H4054H702H5892 23From the tribe of Dan they received Eltekeh, Gibbethon,H4294H1835H514H4054H1405H4054 24Aijalon, and Gath Rimmon, all with their pastures—four towns.H357H4054H1667H4054H702H5892 25And from the half-tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach and Gath Rimmon with their pastures—two towns.H4276H4294H4519H8590H4054H1667H4054H8147H5892 26All told, ten cities with their pastures went to the remaining Kohathite families.H5892H6235H4054H4940H1121H6955H3498 27The Gershonite families of the tribe of Levi were given from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan (an asylum-city for the unconvicted killer), and Be Eshtarah, with their pastures—two cities.H1121H1648H4940H3881H2677H4294H4519H1474H1316H4054H5892H4733H7523H1203H4054H8147H5892 28And from the tribe of Issachar: Kishion, Daberath,H4294H3485H7191H4054H1705H4054 29Jarmuth, and En Gannim, with their pastures—four towns.H3412H4054H5873H4054H702H5892 30From the tribe of Asher: Mishal, Abdon,H4294H836H4861H4054H5658H4054 31Helkath, and Rehob, with their pastures—four towns.H2520H4054H7340H4054H702H5892 32From the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee (an asylum-city for the unconvicted killer), Hammoth Dor, and Kartan, with their pastures—three towns.H4294H5321H6943H1551H4054H5892H4733H7523H2576H4054H7178H4054H7969H5892 33For the Gershonites and their families: thirteen towns with their pastures.H5892H1649H4940H7969H6240H5892H4054 34The Merari families, the remaining Levites, were given from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam, Kartah,H4940H1121H4847H3498H3881H4294H2074H3362H4054H7177H4054 35Dimnah, and Nahalal, with their pastures—four cities.H1829H4054H5096H4054H702H5892 36From the tribe of Reuben: Bezer, Jahaz,H7205H1221H3096 37Kedemoth, and Mephaath, with their pastures—four towns.H6932H4158H702H5892 38From the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead (an asylum-city for the unconvicted killer), Mahanaim,H4294H1410H7433H1568H4054H5892H4733H7523H4266H4054 39Heshbon, and Jazer, with their pastures—a total of four towns.H2809H4054H3270H4054H702H5892 40All these towns were assigned by lot to the Merarites, the remaining Levites—twelve towns.H5892H1121H4847H4940H3498H4940H3881H1486H8147H6240H5892 41The Levites held forty-eight towns with their accompanying pastures within the territory of the People of Israel.H5892H3881H8432H272H1121H3478H705H8083H5892H4054 42Each of these towns had pastures surrounding it—this was the case for all these towns.H5892H5892H5892H4054H5439H5892 43And so GOD gave Israel the entire land that he had solemnly vowed to give to their ancestors. They took possession of it and made themselves at home in it.H3068H5414H3478H776H7650H5414H1H3423H3427 44And GOD gave them rest on all sides, as he had also solemnly vowed to their ancestors. Not a single one of their enemies was able to stand up to them—GOD handed over all their enemies to them.H3068H5117H5439H7650H1H5975H376H341H6440H3068H5414H341H3027 45Not one word failed from all the good words GOD spoke to the house of Israel. Everything came out right.H5307H1697H2896H1697H3068H1696H1004H3478H935


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