The Gershonites received by lot thirteen cities from the families of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.
The families of the Merarites received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.
So the People of Israel gave these cities with their pastures to the Levites just as God had ordered through Moses, that is, by lot.
They assigned from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin the following towns, here named individually
(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):
Kiriath Arba (Arba was the ancestor of Anak), that is, Hebron, in the hills of Judah, with access to the pastures around it.
The fields of the city and its open lands they had already given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.
To the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (the asylum-city for the unconvicted killers), Libnah,
, Holon, Debir
, Ain, Juttah, and Beth Shemesh, all with their accompanying pastures - nine towns from these two tribes.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)