The descendants of Gershon acquired thirteen cities by lot from the clans of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and the half of Manasseh located in Bashan.
The descendants of Merari acquired twelve cities for their clans from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.
So the Israelites gave these cities and their pasturelands to the Levites by lot, exactly as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
They gave the following cities, identified here by name, from the tribe of the Judahites and the tribe of the Simeonites.
The cities belonged to the descendants of Aaron, one of the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the lot had fallen to them first.
They gave them Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the highlands of Judah and the pastures around it. (Arba was the father of Anak.)
But they had already given the fields of the city and its surrounding areas to Caleb, Jephunneh's son, as his property.
To the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave: Hebron, the refuge city for a killer, and its pastures; Libnah and its pastures;
Jattir and its pastures; Eshtemoa and its pastures;
Holon and its pastures; Debir and its pastures;
Ain and its pastures; Juttah and its pastures; and Beth-shemesh and its pastures. Total from these two tribes: nine cities.