Joshua 21 TNIV

Towns for the Levites

21:4-39pp -- 1Ch 6:54-80

1 Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel1

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2 at Shiloh2 in Canaan and said to them, "The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns3 to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock."4

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3 So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance:
4 The first lot came out for the Kohathites,5 according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin.6

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5 The rest of Kohath's descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan and half of Manasseh.7

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      6 The descendants of Gershon8 were allotted thirteen towns from the clans of the tribes of Issachar,9 Asher,10 Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

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      7 The descendants of Merari,11 according to their clans, received twelve12 towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.13

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          8 So the Israelites allotted to the Levites these towns and their pasturelands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
          9 From the tribes of Judah and Simeon they allotted the following towns by name
          10 (these towns were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the first lot fell to them):
          11 They gave them Kiriath Arba14 (that is, Hebron15), with its surrounding pastureland, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the ancestor of Anak.)

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          12 But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.16

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          13 So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge17 for one accused of murder), Libnah,18

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          14 Jattir,19 Eshtemoa,20

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          15 Holon,21 Debir,22

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          16 Ain,23 Juttah24 and Beth Shemesh,25 together with their pasturelands--nine towns from these two tribes.

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          17 And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave them Gibeon,26 Geba,27

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          18 Anathoth28 and Almon, together with their pasturelands--four towns.

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          19 The total number of towns29 for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands.30

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          20 The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted towns from the tribe of Ephraim:
          21 In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem31 (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Gezer,32

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          22 Kibzaim and Beth Horon,33 together with their pasturelands--four towns.34

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          23 Also from the tribe of Dan they received Eltekeh, Gibbethon,35

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          24 Aijalon36 and Gath Rimmon,37 together with their pasturelands--four towns.

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          25 From half the tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach38 and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands--two towns.

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          26 All these ten towns and their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clans.39

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              27 The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given: from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan40 (a city of refuge for one accused of murder41) and Be Eshterah, together with their pasturelands--two towns;

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              28 from the tribe of Issachar,42 Kishion,43 Daberath,44

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              29 Jarmuth45 and En Gannim,46 together with their pasturelands--four towns;

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              30 from the tribe of Asher,47 Mishal,48 Abdon,49

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              31 Helkath and Rehob,50 together with their pasturelands--four towns;

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              32 from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh51 in Galilee (a city of refuge for one accused of murder52), Hammoth Dor and Kartan, together with their pasturelands--three towns.

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              33 The total number of towns of the Gershonite53 clans came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands.

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                  34 The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given: from the tribe of Zebulun,54 Jokneam,55 Kartah,

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                  35 Dimnah and Nahalal,56 together with their pasturelands--four towns;

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                  36 from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer,57 Jahaz,58

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                  37 Kedemoth and Mephaath,59 together with their pasturelands--four towns;

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                  38 from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth60 in Gilead61 (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim,62

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                  39 Heshbon and Jazer,63 together with their pasturelands--four towns in all.

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                  40 The total number of towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, came to twelve.64

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                      41 The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.65

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                      42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.
                      43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors,66 and they took possession67 of it and settled there.68

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                      44 The LORD gave them rest69 on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies70 withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies71 into their hands.72

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                      45 Not one of all the LORD's good promises73 to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

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