But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar1 of burnt offering and on the altar of incense2 in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
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These were the descendants of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,
Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,
Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
Zadok3 his son and Ahimaaz his son.
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These were the locations of their settlements4 allotted as their territory (they were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clan, because the first lot was for them):
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They were given Hebron in Judah with its surrounding pasturelands.
But the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.5
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So the descendants of Aaron were given Hebron (a city of refuge), and Libnah,6 Jattir,7 Eshtemoa,
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Ashan,9 Juttah and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands.
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And from the tribe of Benjamin they were given Gibeon, Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth,10 together with their pasturelands. These towns, which were distributed among the Kohathite clans, were thirteen in all.
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The rest of Kohath's descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of half the tribe of Manasseh.
The descendants of Gershon, clan by clan, were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher and Naphtali, and from the part of the tribe of Manasseh that is in Bashan.
The descendants of Merari, clan by clan, were allotted twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.
So the Israelites gave the Levites these towns11 and their pasturelands.
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From the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin they allotted the previously named towns.
Some of the Kohathite clans were given as their territory towns from the tribe of Ephraim.
In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge), and Gezer,12
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Jokmeam,13 Beth Horon,14
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Aijalon15 and Gath Rimmon,16 together with their pasturelands.
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And from half the tribe of Manasseh the Israelites gave Aner and Bileam, together with their pasturelands, to the rest of the Kohathite clans.
The Gershonites17 received the following: From the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh they received Golan in Bashan18 and also Ashtaroth, together with their pasturelands;
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from the tribe of Issachar they received Kedesh, Daberath,19
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Ramoth and Anem, together with their pasturelands;
from the tribe of Asher they received Mashal, Abdon,20
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Hukok21 and Rehob,22 together with their pasturelands;
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and from the tribe of Naphtali they received Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon23 and Kiriathaim,24 together with their pasturelands.
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The Merarites (the rest of the Levites) received the following: From the tribe of Zebulun they received Jokneam, Kartah, Rimmono and Tabor, together with their pasturelands;
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from the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan east of Jericho they received Bezer25 in the desert, Jahzah,
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Kedemoth26 and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands;
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and from the tribe of Gad they received Ramoth in Gilead,27 Mahanaim,28
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Heshbon and Jazer,29 together with their pasturelands.30
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