Joshua 21

1 The heads of the paternal houses of the Levites now approached Eleaʹzar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the paternal houses of the tribes of Israel,

2 and they spoke to them in Shiʹloh in the land of Caʹnaan, saying: “Jehovah through Moses commanded that we be given cities in which to dwell, along with their pastures for our livestock.”

3 So at the order of Jehovah, the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pastures out of their own inheritance.

4 The lot came out for the families of the Koʹhathites, and the Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were given by lot 13 cities out of the tribe of Judah, the tribe of Simʹeon, and the tribe of Benjamin.

5 And for the rest of the Koʹhathites, there were allotted ten cities out of the families of the tribe of Eʹphraim, the tribe of Dan, and the half tribe of Manasʹseh.

6 And for the Gerʹshonites, there were allotted 13 cities out of the families of the tribe of Isʹsachar, the tribe of Ashʹer, the tribe of Naphʹtali, and the half tribe of Manasʹseh in Baʹshan.

7 For the Merarʹites by their families, there were 12 cities out of the tribe of Reuʹben, the tribe of Gad, and the tribe of Zebʹulun.

8 Thus the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pastures by lot, just as Jehovah had commanded through Moses.

9 So from the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Simʹeon, they gave these cities here mentioned by name,

10 and they were given to the sons of Aaron of the Koʹhathite families of the Levites, because they received the first lot.

11 They gave them Kirʹiath-arʹba (Arʹba was the father of Aʹnak), that is, Hebʹron, in the mountainous region of Judah, and its surrounding pastures.

12 But the field of the city and its settlements they gave to Caʹleb the son of Jephunʹneh as his possession.

13 And to the sons of Aaron the priest, they gave the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Hebʹron with its pastures, also Libʹnah with its pastures,

14 Jatʹtir with its pastures, Eshtemoʹa with its pastures,

15 Hoʹlon with its pastures, Deʹbir with its pastures,

16 Aʹin with its pastures, Jutʹtah with its pastures, and Beth-sheʹmesh with its pastures—nine cities out of these two tribes.

17 And from the tribe of Benjamin: Gibʹeon with its pastures, Geʹba with its pastures,

18 Anʹathoth with its pastures, and Alʹmon with its pastures—four cities.

19 All the cities given to the descendants of Aaron, the priests, were 13 cities with their pastures.

20 And the rest of the Koʹhathite families among the Levites were given by lot cities from the tribe of Eʹphraim.

21 They gave them the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Sheʹchem with its pastures in the mountainous region of Eʹphraim, Geʹzer with its pastures,

22 Kibʹzaim with its pastures, and Beth-hoʹron with its pastures—four cities.

23 And from the tribe of Dan: Elʹteke with its pastures, Gibʹbethon with its pastures,

24 Aiʹjalon with its pastures, Gath-rimʹmon with its pastures—four cities.

25 And from the half tribe of Manasʹseh: Taʹanach with its pastures and Gath-rimʹmon with its pastures—two cities.

26 All the cities together with their pastures that the rest of the families of the Koʹhathites received were ten.

27 And the Gerʹshonites of the families of the Levites received from the half tribe of Manasʹseh the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Goʹlan, in Baʹshan, with its pastures and Beeshʹterah with its pastures—two cities.

28 And from the tribe of Isʹsachar: Kishʹion with its pastures, Dabʹerath with its pastures,

29 Jarʹmuth with its pastures, and En-ganʹnim with its pastures—four cities.

30 And from the tribe of Ashʹer: Miʹshal with its pastures, Abʹdon with its pastures,

31 Helʹkath with its pastures, and Reʹhob with its pastures—four cities.

32 And from the tribe of Naphʹtali: the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Keʹdesh in Galʹilee with its pastures, Hamʹmoth-dor with its pastures, and Karʹtan with its pastures—three cities.

33 All the cities of the Gerʹshonites by their families were 13 cities with their pastures.

34 And the families of the Merarʹites, the rest of the Levites, received from the tribe of Zebʹulun: Jokʹneam with its pastures, Karʹtah with its pastures,

35 Dimʹnah with its pastures, and Nahalʹal with its pastures—four cities.

36 And from the tribe of Reuʹben: Beʹzer with its pastures, Jaʹhaz with its pastures,

37 Kedʹemoth with its pastures, and Mephʹaath with its pastures—four cities.

38 And from the tribe of Gad: the city of refuge for the manslayer, namely, Raʹmoth in Gilʹead with its pastures, Mahanaʹim with its pastures,

39 Heshʹbon with its pastures, and Jaʹzer with its pastures—a total of four cities.

40 All the cities that were allotted to the Merarʹites by their families, the rest of the families of the Levites, were 12 cities.

41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the Israelites were 48 cities together with their pastures.

42 Each of these cities had its pastures all around it—this was the case for all these cities.

43 So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that he had sworn to give to their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled in it.

44 Furthermore, Jehovah gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers, and not one of all their enemies could stand against them. Jehovah gave all their enemies into their hand.

45 Not a promise failed out of all the good promises that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; all of them came true.

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