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Joshua 21:1-45

21  And the heads of families of the Levites approached Priest Eleazar and Joshuaʽ the son of Nun and the heads of families of the tribes of the sons of Israel 2  and spoke to them at Shiloh in Canaan, saying “Jehovah gave commandment through Moses to give us cities to live in, and their glebes for our cattle.” 3  And the sons of Israel gave the Levites out of their estate, by Jehovah’s direction, these cities and their glebes: 4  And the lot came out for the clan of the Kehathites; and Priest Aaron’s sons had, out of the Levites, out of the tribe of Judah and out of the tribe of the Simeonites and out of the tribe of Benjamin, by lot thirteen cities; 5*  and the remaining sons of Kehath had out of the clans of the tribe of Ephraim and out of the tribe of Dan and out of half the tribe of Manasseh by lot ten cities. 6*  And the sons of Gershon had out of the clans of the tribe of Issacar and out of the tribe of Asher and out of the tribe of Naphtali and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh in the Bashan by lot thirteen cities. 7  And the sons of Merari had, clan by clan, 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 sons of Israel gave the Levites these cities and their glebes, as Jehovah commanded through Moses, by lot. 9*  And they gave out of the tribe of the sons of Judah and out of the tribe of the sons of Simeon these cities which are to be named: 10  to the sons of Aaron, out of the clans of the Kehathites, out of the sons of Levi, (because they had the first lot,) 11  they gave Kirjath-Arbogh the headquarters of the ʽAnak, that is, Hebron, in the highland of Judah, and its glebe around it, 12  but the range of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his property. 13  And to the sons of Priest Aaron they gave the city of asylum for the homicide, Hebron, and its glebes, and Libnah and its glebes, 14  and Jattir and its glebe, and Eshtemoaʽ and its glebes, 15  and Holon and its glebe, and Debir and its glebe, 16  and ʽAshan and its glebe, and Juttah and its glebe, and Beth-Shemesh and its glebe, nine cities out of these two tribes; 17  and out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon and its glebe, and Gebaʽ and its glebe, 18  ʽAnathoth and its glebe, and ʽAlmon and its glebe, four cities: 19  the total of the cities of Aaron’s sons, the priests, was thirteen cities and their glebes. 20  And for the Levite clans of the sons of Kehath, those of the sons of Kehath who were left, the cities of their lot were, out of the tribe of Ephraim 21  they gave them the city of asylum for the homicide, Shekem, and its glebe, in the highland of Ephraim, and Gezer and its glebe, 22  and Kibsaim and its glebe, and Beth-Horon and its glebe, four cities; 23  and out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh and its glebe, Gibbethon and its glebe, 24  Aijalon and its glebe, Gath-Rimmon and its glebe, four cities; 25*  and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taʽanac and its glebe, Ibleʽam and its glebe, two cities: 26  total ten cities and their glebes for the clans of the rest of the sons of Kehath. 27  And the sons of Gershon, out of the clans of the Levites, had out of the half-tribe of Manasseh the city of asylum for the homicide, Golan in the Bashan, and its glebe, and Beʽeshterah and its glebe, two cities; 28  and out of the tribe of Issacar, Kishjon and its glebe, Daberath and its glebe, 29  Jarmuth and its glebe, ʽEn-Gannim and its glebe, four cities; 30  and out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal and its glebe, ʽAbdon and its glebe, 31  Helkath and its glebe, Rehob and its glebe, four cities; 32  and out of the tribe of Naphtali the city of asylum for the homicide, Kedesh in the Mark, and its glebe, and Hammoth-Dor and its glebe, and Kartan and its glebe, three cities: 33  the total of the cities of the Gershonites, clan by clan, was thirteen cities and their glebes. 34  And the clans of the sons of Merari, the rest of the Levites, had, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneʽam and its glebe, Kartah and its glebe, 35  Dimnah and its glebe, Nahalal and its glebe, four cities; and on the other side of the Jordan at Jericho 36*  out of the tribe of Reuben the city of asylum for the homicide, Beser in the wilderness, and its glebe, and Jahsah and its glebe, 37  Kedemoth and its glebe, and Mephaʽath and its glebe, four cities; 38  and out of the tribe of Gad the city of asylum for the homicide, Ramoth in Gilead, and its glebe, and Mahanaim and its glebe, 39  Heshbon and its glebe, Jaʽzer and its glebe, four cities. 40  All the cities belonged to the sons of Merari clan by clan, the rest of the clans of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities. 41  The total of the cities of the Levites in the midst of the property of the sons of Israel was forty-eight cities and their glebes, 42  these cities being each with its glebes around it, so for all these cities. 43  And Jehovah gave Israel all the country he had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and lived in it; 44  and Jehovah gave them rest on all sides, just as he had sworn to their fathers, and of all their enemies not a man stood before them; Jehovah gave all their enemies into their hands. 45  Of all the good promise Jehovah had made to the house of Israel not a point failed; all came true.

Footnotes

21:5 Conj. had clan by clan out of the tribe of Ephraim
21:6 Conj. had clan by clan out of the tribe of Issacar
21:9 (last words) Susp.
21:25 (Gath-Rimmon) Var. Jebatha Var. Beth-Shean Var. Bileam Conj. Ibleʽam
21:36-37 Var. omits these verses Var. omits part of the words of verse 36