On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho,a1 the LORD said to Moses,
"Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live in2 from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasturelands3 around the towns.
Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for their cattle, flocks and all their other livestock.44
"The pasturelands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend out fifteen hundred feetb from the town wall.
Outside the town, measure three thousand feetc5 on the east side, three thousand on the south side, three thousand on the west and three thousand on the north, with the town in the center. They will have this area as pastureland for the towns.6
"Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee.7 In addition, give them forty-two other towns.
In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands.
The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few."89
Then the LORD said to Moses:
"Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,9