1 Chronicles 6:54

54 These were the locations of their settlements 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):

1 Chronicles 6:54 in Other Translations

KJV
54 Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot.
ESV
54 These are their dwelling places according to their settlements within their borders: to the sons of Aaron of the clans of Kohathites, for theirs was the first lot,
NLT
54 This is a record of the towns and territory assigned by means of sacred lots to the descendants of Aaron, who were from the clan of Kohath.
MSG
54 And these are the places where the priestly families were assigned to live. The first assignment went by lot to the sons of Aaron of the Kohathite family;
CSB
54 These were the places assigned to Aaron's sons from the Kohathite family for their settlements in their territory, because the [first] lot was for them.

1 Chronicles 6:54 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 54-81. Now these are their dwelling places
The dwelling places of the priests and Levites, assigned and given to them in the several tribes of Israel; and the account of them agrees with that in ( Joshua 21:1 ) with some few variations of names of places, which have been there observed: see the notes there; only in ( 1 Chronicles 6:57-60 ) two cities are omitted, Juttah and Gibeon, through want of care in transcribing, since they are said to be "thirteen", as they should be, whereas eleven only are mentioned. The Jews say F8, the cities of the suburbs (those here mentioned) ceased from the time the first temple was destroyed; and yet Ezra, who lived after the captivity, and the building the second temple, here gives a very particular account of them; the suburbs belonging to every city, which he particularly mentions, were 2000 cubits, both to the cities of refuge, and the rest, ( Numbers 35:5 ) Hebron, the first city mentioned in the next verse, was a city of refuge, and had suburbs of such a space; and it is remarkable, that some of the temples with the Heathens, which were asylums, or places of refuge, had the space of 2000 paces assigned them for the same sanctity and privilege F9.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 T. Bab. Sotah, fol. 48. 2.
F9 Tacit. Annal. l. 3. c. 62.

1 Chronicles 6:54 In-Context

52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
53 Zadok his son and Ahimaaz his son.
54 These were the locations of their settlements 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):
55 They were given Hebron in Judah with its surrounding pasturelands.
56 But the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Numbers 31:10