21:2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded a by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
(a) By Moses, by whose ministry God showed his power. 21:4 And the lot came out for the families of the b Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, [which were] of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, c thirteen cities.
(b) He means those that were priests: for some were but Levites. 21:10 Which the children of d Aaron, [being] of the families of the Kohathites, [who were] of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot.
(c) Every tribe gave more or fewer cities according to the size of their inheritance, ( Numbers 35:8 ).
(d) For Aaron came from Kohath, and therefore the priests office remained in that family. 21:13 Thus they gave to the e children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah with her suburbs,
(e) That is, the priest of the family of the Kohathites, of whom Aaron was chief. 21:17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her f suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,
21:20 And the families of the children of Kohath, g the Levites which remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.
(f) The suburbs were a thousand cubits from the wall of the cities round about, ( Numbers 35:4 ).
(g) That were not priests. 21:21 For they gave them h Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs,
(h) Hebron and Shechem were the two cities of refuge under the Kohathites. 21:25 And out of the i half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities.
(i) Who dwelt in Canaan. 21:27 And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the [other] half tribe of Manasseh [they gave] k Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities.
(k) Golan and Kedesh were the cities of refuge under the Gershonites. 21:34 And unto the families of the children of Merari, the l rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs,
21:36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, m Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs,
(l) They are here called the rest, because they are last numbered, and Merari was the younger brother, ( Genesis 46:11 ).
21:41 All the cities of the Levites n within the possession of the children of Israel [were] forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
(m) Bezer and Ramoch were the cities of refuge under the Merarites and beyond Jordan, ( Joshua 20:8 ).
(n) Thus according to Jacobs prophecy they were scattered throughout the country, which God used so that his people might be instructed in the true religion by them.