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Compare Translations for Joshua 21:12

Joshua 21:12 ASV
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 BBE
But the open country round the town, and its unwalled places, they gave to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, as his property.
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Joshua 21:12 CEB
But they had already given the fields of the city and its surrounding areas to Caleb, Jephunneh's son, as his property.
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Joshua 21:12 CJB
but the fields and villages of the city they gave to Kalev the son of Y'funeh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 RHE
But the fields and the villages thereof he had given to Caleb the son of Jephone for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 ESV
But the fields of the city and its villages had been given to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 GW
But they gave its fields and villages to Caleb, son of Jephunneh, as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 GNT
However, the fields of the city, as well as its towns, had already been given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 HNV
But the fields of the city, and the villages of it, gave they to Kalev the son of Yefunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 CSB
But they gave the fields and villages of the city to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 KJV
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 LEB
But the field of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his property.
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Joshua 21:12 NAS
But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 NCV
But the fields and the villages around Kiriath Arba had been given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.
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Joshua 21:12 NIRV
But Israel had already given away the fields and villages around the city. They had given them to Caleb as his share. Caleb was the son of Jephunneh.
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Joshua 21:12 NIV
But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 NKJV
But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 NLT
But the fields beyond the city and the surrounding villages were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.
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Joshua 21:12 NRS
But the fields of the town and its villages had been given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his holding.
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Joshua 21:12 RSV
But the fields of the city and its villages had been given to Caleb the son of Jephun'neh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 DBY
But the fields of the city and the hamlets thereof gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 MSG
The fields of the city and its open lands they had already given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 WBT
But the fields of the city, and its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 TMB
But the fields of the city and the villages thereof gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 TNIV
But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 WEB
But the fields of the city, and the villages of it, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21:12 WYC
soothly he gave the fields and towns thereof to Caleb, son of Jephunneh, to have in possession. (and he gave its fields and towns to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, to have for a possession.)
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Joshua 21:12 YLT
and the field of the city and its villages they have given to Caleb son of Jephunneh for his possession.
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Joshua 21 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 21

Cities for the Levites. (1-8) The cities allotted to the Levites. (9-42) God gave the land and rest to the Israelites, according to his promise. (43-45)

Verses 1-8 The Levites waited till the other tribes were provided for, before they preferred their claim to Joshua. They build their claim upon a very good foundation; not their own merits or services, but the Divine precept. The maintenance of ministers is not a thing left merely to the will of the people, that they may let them starve if they please; they which preach the gospel should live by the gospel, and should live comfortably.

Verses 9-42 By mixing the Levites with the other tribes, they were made to see that the eyes of all Israel were upon them, and therefore it was their concern to walk so that their ministry might not be blamed. Every tribe had its share of Levites' cities. Thus did God graciously provide for keeping up religion among them, and that they might have the word in all parts of the land. Yet, blessed be God, we have the gospel more diffused amongst us.

Verses 43-45 God promised to give to the seed of Abraham the land of Canaan for a possession, and now they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the promise of the heavenly Canaan is as sure to all God's spiritual Israel; for it is the promise of Him that cannot lie. There stood not a man before them. The after-prevalence of the Canaanites was the effect of Israel's slothfulness, and the punishment of their sinful inclination to the idolatries and abominations of the heathen whom they harboured and indulged. There failed not aught of any good thing, which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. In due season all his promises will be accomplished; then will his people acknowledge that the Lord has exceeded their largest expectations, and made them more than conquerors, and brought them to their desired rest.

Joshua 21 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 21

Joshua 21:1-8 . EIGHT AND FORTY CITIES GIVEN BY LOT OUT OF THE OTHER TRIBES UNTO THE LEVITES.

1-3. Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites--The most venerable and distinguished members of the three Levitical families, on behalf of their tribe, applied for the special provision that had been promised them to be now awarded inheritance lay within the territory of every tribe. It was assigned in the same place and manner, and by the same commissioners as the other allotments. While the people, knowing the important duties they were to perform, are described ( Joshua 21:3 ) as readily conceding this "peculiar" to them, it had most probably been specified and reserved for their use while the distribution of the land was in progress.

4-8. the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites--The Levites were divided into Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites. Among the former the family of Aaron were exclusively appointed to the priesthood, and all the rest were ranked in the common order of Levites. The first lot was drawn by the Kohathites; and the first of theirs again by the priests, to whom thirteen cities were granted, and ten to the rest of the Kohathites ( Joshua 21:5 ); thirteen to the Gershonites ( Joshua 21:6 ), and twelve to the Merarites ( Joshua 21:7 ).

Joshua 21:9-42 . THE CITIES OF THE PRIESTS.

9-40. they gave . . . these cities which are here mentioned by name--It was overruled by the unerring providence of the Divine Lawgiver that the cities of the priests lay within the territories of Judah and Benjamin. This was a provision, the admirable wisdom and propriety of which were fully manifested on the schism that took place in the reign of Rehoboam.

41. All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs--This may appear too great a proportion compared with those of the other tribes. But it must be borne in mind that the list given here contains the names of every Levitical city cities of the other tribes are mentioned which lay on the frontier or along the boundary line. Besides, the Levites were not the exclusive inhabitants of those forty-eight cities; for there must have been also a considerable number of people kept there to cultivate the glebe lands and tend the cattle. Still further, the Levitical cities had nothing but "their suburbs round about them" [ Joshua 21:42 ]; whereas the other cities in Israel possessed a group of independent villages (see Joshua 17:1-19:51').

Joshua 21:43-45 . GOD GAVE THEM REST.

43-45. the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers--This is a general winding up of the history from the thirteenth chapter, which narrates the occupation of the land by the Israelites. All the promises made, whether to the people or to Joshua ( Joshua 1:5 ), had been, or were in the course of being fulfilled; and the recorded experience of the Israelites ( Joshua 21:45 ), is a ground of hope and confidence to the people of God in every age, that all other promises made to the Church will, in due time, be accomplished.