Joshua 21 New American Standard Bible

The Cities of the Levites

21 1  Then the heads of households of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest , and Joshua the son of Nun , and the heads of households of the tribes of the sons of Israel . 2  They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan , saying , " The Lord commanded through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle ." 3  So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands , according to the command of the Lord . 4  Then the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites . And the sons of Aaron the priest , who were of the Levites , received thirteen e cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin . 5  The rest of the sons of Kohath received ten cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Ephraim and from the tribe of Dan and from the half-tribe e of Manasseh . 6  The sons of Gershon received thirteen e cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher and from the tribe of Naphtali and from the half-tribe e of Manasseh in Bashan . 7  The sons of Merari according to their families received twelve e cities from the tribe of Reuben and from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulun . 8  Now the sons of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands , as the Lord had commanded through Moses .

9  They gave these cities which are here mentioned by name from the tribe of the sons of Judah and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon ; 10  and they were for the sons of Aaron , one of the families of the Kohathites , of the sons of Levi , for the lot was theirs first . 11  Thus they gave them Kiriath-arba , Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron ), in the hill country of Judah , with its surrounding pasture lands . 12  But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession . 13  So to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron , the city of refuge for the manslayer , with its pasture lands , and Libnah with its pasture lands , 14  and Jattir with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa with its pasture lands , 15  and Holon with its pasture lands and Debir with its pasture lands , 16  and Ain with its pasture lands and Juttah with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands ; nine cities from these two tribes . 17  From the tribe of Benjamin , Gibeon with its pasture lands , Geba with its pasture lands , 18  Anathoth with its pasture lands and Almon with its pasture lands ; four cities . 19  All the cities of the sons of Aaron , the priests , were thirteen e cities with their pasture lands . 20  Then the cities from the tribe of Ephraim were allotted to the families of the sons of Kohath , the Levites , even to the rest of the sons of Kohath . 21  They gave them Shechem , the city of refuge for the manslayer , with its pasture lands , in the hill country of Ephraim , and Gezer with its pasture lands , 22  and Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands ; four cities . 23  From the tribe of Dan , Elteke with its pasture lands , Gibbethon with its pasture lands , 24  Aijalon with its pasture lands , Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands ; four cities . 25  From the half-tribe e of Manasseh , they allotted Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands ; two cities . 26  All the cities with their pasture lands for the families of the rest of the sons of Kohath were ten . 27  To the sons of Gershon , one of the families of the Levites , from the half-tribe e of Manasseh , they gave Golan in Bashan , the city of refuge for the manslayer , with its pasture lands , and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands ; two cities . 28  From the tribe of Issachar , they gave Kishion with its pasture lands , Daberath with its pasture lands , 29  Jarmuth with its pasture lands , En-gannim with its pasture lands ; four cities . 30  From the tribe of Asher , they gave Mishal with its pasture lands , Abdon with its pasture lands , 31  Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands ; four cities . 32  From the tribe of Naphtali , they gave Kedesh in Galilee , the city of refuge for the manslayer , with its pasture lands and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands ; three cities . 33  All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen e cities with their pasture lands . 34  To the families of the sons of Merari , the rest of the Levites , they gave from the tribe of Zebulun , Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands . 35  Dimnah with its pasture lands , Nahalal with its pasture lands ; four cities . 36  From the tribe of Reuben , they gave Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands , 37  Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands ; four cities . 38  From the tribe of Gad , they gave Ramoth in Gilead , the city of refuge for the manslayer , with its pasture lands and Mahanaim with its pasture lands , 39  Heshbon with its pasture lands , Jazer with its pasture lands ; four cities in all . 40  All these were the cities of the sons of Merari according to their families , the rest of the families of the Levites ; and their lot was twelve e cities . 41  All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight e cities with their pasture lands . 42  These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands ; thus it was with all these cities .

Israel Possesses the Land

43  So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers , and they possessed it and lived in it. 44  And the Lord gave them rest on every side , according to all that He had sworn to their fathers , and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand . 45  Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed ; all came to pass .



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