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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Joshua 21:1-45

21  The heads of the fathers of the Levites now approached El·e·a′zar+ the priest and Joshua+ the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the sons of Israel,  and they proceeded to speak to them in Shi′loh+ in the land of Ca′naan, saying: “Jehovah by means of Moses commanded cities to be given us in which to dwell, together with their pasture grounds for our domestic animals.”+  So the sons of Israel gave the Levites,+ at the order of Jehovah, these cities and their pasture grounds out of their inheritance.+  Then the lot came out for the families of the Ko′hath·ites,+ and thirteen cities came to belong to the sons of Aaron the priest, of the Levites, by lot, out of the tribe of Judah+ and out of the tribe of the Sim′e·on·ites+ and out of the tribe of Benjamin.+  And for the sons of Ko′hath+ that were left over there were by lot ten cities out of the families of the tribe* of E′phra·im+ and out of the tribe of Dan+ and out of the half tribe of Ma·nas′seh.+  And for the sons of Ger′shon+ there were by lot thirteen cities out of the families of the tribe of Is′sa·char+ and out of the tribe of Ash′er+ and out of the tribe of Naph′ta·li+ and out of the half tribe of Ma·nas′seh in Ba′shan.+  For the sons of Me·rar′i+ by their families there were twelve cities out of the tribe of Reu′ben+ and out of the tribe of Gad+ and out of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun.+  Thus the sons of Israel gave the Levites these cities and their pasture grounds+ by lot,+ just as Jehovah had commanded by means of Moses.+  So out of the tribe of the sons of Judah and out of the tribe of the sons of Sim′e·on they gave these cities that were called by name,+ 10  and they came to belong to the sons of Aaron out of the families of the Ko′hath·ites of the sons of Le′vi, because the first lot became theirs.+ 11  Thus they gave them Kir′i·ath-ar′ba+ ([said Ar′ba being] the father of A′nak),+ that is to say, He′bron,+ in the mountainous region of Judah,+ and its pasture ground all around it; 12  and the field of the city and its settlements they gave to Ca′leb the son of Je·phun′neh as his possession.+ 13  And to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave the city of refuge+ for the manslayer,+ namely, He′bron,+ and its pasture ground, also Lib′nah+ and its pasture ground, 14  and Jat′tir+ and its pasture ground, and Esh·te·mo′a+ and its pasture ground, 15  and Ho′lon*+ and its pasture ground, and De′bir+ and its pasture ground, 16  and A′in*+ and its pasture ground, and Jut′tah+ and its pasture ground, Beth-she′mesh+ and its pasture ground; nine cities out of these two tribes. 17  And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gib′e·on+ and its pasture ground, Ge′ba+ and its pasture ground, 18  An′a·thoth+ and its pasture ground, and Al′mon*+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 19  All the cities of the sons of Aaron,+ the priests, were thirteen cities and their pasture grounds.+ 20  And for the families of the sons of Ko′hath, the Levites who were left over of the sons of Ko′hath, there came to be by their lot cities out of the tribe of E′phra·im.+ 21  Accordingly they gave them the city of refuge+ for the manslayer,+ namely, She′chem,+ and its pasture ground+ in the mountainous region of E′phra·im, and Ge′zer+ and its pasture ground, 22  and Kib′za·im*+ and its pasture ground, and Beth-ho′ron+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 23  And from the tribe of Dan, El′te·ke and its pasture ground, Gib′be·thon+ and its pasture ground, 24  Ai′ja·lon+ and its pasture ground, Gath-rim′mon+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 25  And from the half tribe of Ma·nas′seh, Ta′a·nach+ and its pasture ground, and Gath-rim′mon and its pasture ground; two cities. 26  All the cities together with their pasture grounds that the families of the sons of Ko′hath who were left over had were ten. 27  And for the sons of Ger′shon,+ of the families of the Levites, there was out of the half tribe of Ma·nas′seh+ the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Go′lan,+ in Ba′shan, and its pasture ground, and Be·esh′te·rah*+ and its pasture ground; two cities. 28  And out of the tribe of Is′sa·char,+ Kish′i·on+ and its pasture ground, Dab′e·rath+ and its pasture ground, 29  Jar′muth*+ and its pasture ground, En-gan′nim+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 30  And out of the tribe of Ash′er,+ Mi′shal+ and its pasture ground, Ab′don+ and its pasture ground, 31  Hel′kath+ and its pasture ground, and Re′hob+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 32  And out of the tribe of Naph′ta·li,+ the city of refuge+ for the manslayer,+ namely, Ke′desh+ in Gal′i·lee,* and its pasture ground, and Ham′moth-dor+ and its pasture ground, and Kar′tan* and its pasture ground; three cities. 33  All the cities of the Ger′shon·ites by their families were thirteen cities and their pasture grounds. 34  And the families of the sons of Me·rar′i,+ the Levites who were left over, had out of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun+ Jok′ne·am+ and its pasture ground, Kar′tah and its pasture ground, 35  Dim′nah*+ and its pasture ground, Na·hal′al+ and its pasture ground; four cities. 36  And out of the tribe of Reu′ben,+ Be′zer+ and its pasture ground, and Ja′haz+ and its pasture ground, 37  Ked′e·moth+ and its pasture ground, and Meph′a·ath+ and its pasture ground; four cities.* 38  And out of the tribe of Gad,+ the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Ra′moth in Gil′e·ad,+ and its pasture ground, and Ma·ha·na′im+ and its pasture ground, 39  Hesh′bon+ and its pasture ground, Ja′zer+ and its pasture ground; all the cities being four. 40  All the cities that came to belong to the sons of Me·rar′i+ by their families, who were left over from the families of the Levites, were, as their lot, twelve cities. 41  All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities+ together with their pasture grounds.+ 42  These cities came to be each a city together with its pasture ground all around it—thus as to all these cities.+ 43  So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that he had sworn to give to their forefathers,+ and they proceeded to take possession+ of it and to dwell in it. 44  Furthermore, Jehovah gave them rest+ all around, according to everything that he had sworn+ to their forefathers, and not one of all their enemies stood before them.+ All their enemies Jehovah gave into their hand.+ 45  Not a promise failed out of all the good promise that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; it all came true.+

Footnotes

According to M; LXXSyVg, “out of the tribe of.”
“Hilen” in 1Ch 6:58.
“Alemeth” in 1Ch 6:60.
“Jokmeam” in 1Ch 6:68.
“Ashtaroth” in 1Ch 6:71.
“Remeth” in 19:21; in 1Ch 6:73, “Ramoth.”
See 20:7 ftn, “Galilee.”
“Kiriathaim” in 1Ch 6:76.
“Rimmono” in 1Ch 6:77.
Vss 36, 37 are according to some Heb. mss, LXXSyVgc and 1Ch 6:63, 78, 79 (Sy names these four cities after vs 34); Al, Ca and Leningrad B 19A omit vss 36, 37, apparently due to a scribal error made because vss 35, 37 both end with “four cities.”