Joshua 19-21 Bible in Basic English

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19 1  And the second heritage came out for the tribe of Simeon by their families; and their heritage was in the middle of the heritage of the children of Judah. 2  And they had for their heritage Beer-sheba and Shema and Moladah 3  And Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem 4  And Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah 5  And Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah 6  And Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen; thirteen towns with their unwalled places; 7  Ain, Rimmon, and Ether and Ashan; four towns with their unwalled places; 8  And all the unwalled places round about these towns as far as Baalath-beer-ramah to the south. This is the heritage of the tribe of Simeon by their families. 9  The heritage of Simeon was taken out of Judah's stretch of land, for Judah's part was more than they had need of, so the heritage of the children of Simeon was inside their heritage.

10  And the third heritage came out for Zebulun by their families; the limit of their heritage was as far as Sarid; 11  And their limit goes up to the west to Maralah, stretching to Dabbesheth, and to the stream in front of Jokneam; 12  Then turning east from Sarid to the limit of Chisloth-tabor, it goes out to Daberath, and up to Japhia; 13  And from there it goes on east to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin; ending at Rimmon which goes as far as Neah; 14  And the line goes round it on the north to Hannathon, ending at the valley of Iphtah-el; 15  And Kattath and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Beth-lehem; twelve towns with their unwalled places. 16  This is the heritage of the children of Zebulun by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

17  For Issachar the fourth heritage came out, for the children of Issachar by their families; 18  And their limit was to Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem 19  And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath 20  And Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez 21  And Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez; 22  And their limit goes as far as Tabor and Shahazimah and Beth-shemesh, ending at Jordan; sixteen towns with their unwalled places. 23  This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Issachar by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

24  And the fifth heritage came out for the tribe of Asher by their families. 25  And their limit was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph 26  And Alammelech and Amad and Mishal, stretching to Carmel on the west and Shihor-libnath; 27  Turning to the east to Beth-dagon and stretching to Zebulun and the valley of Iphtah-el as far as Beth-emek and Neiel to the north; on the left it goes as far as Cabul 28  And Ebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah, to great Zidon; 29  And the limit goes round to Ramah and the walled town of Tyre and Hosah, ending at the sea by Heleb and Achzib; 30  And Ummah and Aphek and Rehob; twenty-two towns with their unwalled places. 31  This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Asher by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

32  For the children of Naphtali the sixth heritage came out, for the children of Naphtali by their families; 33  And their limit was from Heleph, from the oak-tree in Zaanannim, and Adami-hannekeb and Jabneel, as far as Lakkum, ending at Jordan; 34  And turning west to Aznoth-tabor, the limit goes out from there to Hukkok, stretching to Zebulun on the south, and Asher on the west, and Judah at Jordan on the east. 35  And the walled towns are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth 36  And Adamah and Ramah and Hazor 37  And Kedesh and Edrei and En-Hazor 38  And Iron and Migdal-el, Horem and Beth-anath and Beth-shemesh; nineteen towns with their unwalled places. 39  This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Naphtali by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

40  For the tribe of Dan by their families the seventh heritage came out; 41  And the limit of their heritage was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh 42  And Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah 43  And Elon and Timnah and Ekron 44  And Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath 45  And Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon; 46  And on the west was ... opposite Joppa. 47  (But the limit of the children of Dan was not wide enough for them; so the children of Dan went up and made war on Leshem and took it, putting it to the sword without mercy, and they took it for their heritage and made a place for themselves there, giving it the name of Leshem-dan, after the name of their father, Dan.) 48  This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Dan by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

49  So the distribution of the land and its limits was complete; and the children of Israel gave Joshua, the son of Nun, a heritage among them; 50  By the orders of the Lord they gave him the town for which he made request, Timnath-serah in the hill-country of Ephraim: there, after building the town, he made his living-place. 51  These are the heritages which Eleazar the priest and Joshua, the son of Nun, and the heads of families of the tribes of the children of Israel gave out at Shiloh, by the decision of the Lord, at the door of the Tent of meeting. So the distribution of the land was complete.

The Cities of Refuge Appointed

20 1  And the Lord said to Joshua, 2  Say to the children of Israel, Let certain towns be marked out as safe places, as I said to you by the mouth of Moses, 3  So that any man who in error and without design has taken the life of another, may go in flight to them: and they will be safe places for you from him who has the right of punishment for blood. 4  And if anyone goes in flight to one of those towns, and comes into the public place of the town, and puts his cause before the responsible men of the town, they will take him into the town and give him a place among them where he may be safe. 5  And if the one who has the right of punishment comes after him, they are not to give the taker of life up to him; because he was the cause of his neighbour's death without designing it and not in hate. 6  And he is to go on living in that town till he has to come before the meeting of the people to be judged; (till the death of him who is high priest at that time:) then the taker of life may come back to his town and to his house, to the town from which he had gone in flight.

7  So they made selection of Kedesh in Galilee in the hill-country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (which is Hebron) in the hill-country of Judah. 8  And on the east side of Jordan at Jericho, they made selection of Bezer in the waste land, in the table-land, out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. 9  These were the towns marked out for all the children of Israel and for the man from a strange country living among them, so that anyone causing the death of another in error, might go in flight there, and not be put to death by him who has the right of punishment for blood till he had come before the meeting of the people.

The Cities of the Levites

21 1  Then the heads of the families of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest and Joshua, the son of Nun, and to the heads of families of the tribes of the children of Israel; 2  And said to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, The Lord gave orders by Moses that we were to have towns for living in, with their grass-lands for our cattle. 3  And the children of Israel out of their heritage gave to the Levites these towns with their grass-lands, by the order of the Lord. 4  And the heritage came out for the families of the Kohathites: the children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. 5  The rest of the children of Kohath by their families were given ten towns from the tribes of Ephraim and Dan and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 6  The children of Gershon by their families were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar and Asher and Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh which was in Bashan. 7  The children of Merari by their families were given twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben and Gad and Zebulun. 8  All these towns with their grass-lands the children of Israel gave by the decision of the Lord to the Levites, as the Lord had given orders by Moses.

9  From the tribes of the children of Judah and the children of Simeon they gave these towns, listed here by name: 10  These were for the children of Aaron among the families of the Kohathites, of the children of Levi: for they came first in the distribution. 11  They gave them Kiriath-arba, the town of Arba, the father of Anak, (which is Hebron) in the hill-country of Judah, with its grass-lands. 12  But the open country round the town, and its unwalled places, they gave to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, as his property. 13  And to the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Libnah with its grass-lands; 14  And Jattir with its grass-lands, and Eshtemoa with its grass-lands; 15  And Holon with its grass-lands, and Debir with its grass-lands; 16  And Ain, and Juttah, and Beth-shemesh, with their grass-lands; nine towns from those two tribes. 17  And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave Gibeon and Geba with their grass-lands; 18  Anathoth and Almon with their grass-lands, four towns. 19  Thirteen towns with their grass-lands were given to the children of Aaron, the priests. 20  The rest of the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites, were given towns from the tribe of Ephraim. 21  And they gave them Shechem with its grass-lands in the hill-country of Ephraim, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Gezer with its grass-lands; 22  And Kibzaim and Beth-horon with their grass-lands, four towns. 23  And from the tribe of Dan, Elteke and Gibbethon with their grass-lands; 24  Aijalon and Gath-rimmon with their grass-lands, four towns. 25  And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach and Gath-rimmon with their grass-lands, two towns. 26  All the towns of the rest of the families of the children of Kohath were ten with their grass-lands. 27  And to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, they gave from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Ashtaroth with its grass-lands, two towns. 28  And from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion and Daberath with their grass-lands; 29  Jarmuth and En-gannim with their grass-lands, four towns. 30  And from the tribe of Asher, Mishal and Abdon, with their grass-lands: 31  Helkath and Rehob with their grass-lands, four towns. 32  And from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Hammoth-dor and Kartan with their grass-lands, three towns. 33  All the towns of the Gershonites with their families were thirteen with their grass-lands. 34  And to the rest of the Levites, that is, the families of the children of Merari, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam and Kartah with their grass-lands; 35  Dimnah and Nahalal with their grass-lands, four towns. 36  And from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer and Jahaz with their grass-lands; 37  Kedemoth and Mephaath with their grass-lands, four towns. 38  And from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Mahanaim with their grass-lands; 39  Heshbon and Jazer with their grass-lands, four towns. 40  All these towns were given to the children of Merari by their families, that is, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their heritage was twelve towns. 41  All the towns of the Levites, among the heritage of the children of Israel, were forty-eight towns with their grass-lands. 42  Every one of these towns had grass-lands round it.

Israel Possesses the Land

43  So the Lord gave to Israel all the land which he gave by oath to their fathers; so it became their heritage and their living-place. 44  And the Lord gave them peace on every side, as he had said to their fathers: all those who were against them gave way before them, for the Lord gave them all up into their hands. 45  The Lord kept faith with the house of Israel about all the good which he said he would do for them, and all his words came true.

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