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
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.
(c) Every tribe gave more or fewer cities
according to the size of their inheritance, (Numbers
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.
(d) For Aaron came from Kohath, and therefore the
priests office remained in that family.
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.
And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her f
suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,
(f) The suburbs were a thousand cubits from the
wall of the cities round about, (Numbers
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.
(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.
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.
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,
(l) They are here called the rest, because they
are last numbered, and Merari was the younger brother, (Genesis
21:36 And out of the tribe
of Reuben, m Bezer with her suburbs, and
Jahazah with her suburbs,
(m) Bezer and Ramoch were the cities of refuge
under the Merarites and beyond Jordan, (Joshua
All the cities of the Levites n within
the possession of the children of Israel [were] forty and eight cities with
(n) Thus according to Jacob's prophecy they
were scattered throughout the country, which God used so that his people might
be instructed in the true religion by them.