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Towns from Judah, Simeon, Benjamin

9-19 The descendants of Aaron from the Kohath clans of Levi were priests, and they were chosen to receive towns first. They were given thirteen towns and the pastureland around them. Nine of these towns were from the tribes of Judah and Simeon and four from Benjamin.

Hebron, Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa, Holon, Debir, Ashan,[a] Juttah, and Beth-Shemesh were from Judah and Simeon. Hebron, located in the hill country of Judah, was earlier called Arba’s Town.[b] It had been named after Arba, the ancestor of the Anakim.[c] Hebron’s pasturelands went along with the town, but its farmlands and the villages around it had been given to Caleb.[d] Hebron was also one of the Safe Towns for people who had accidentally killed someone.

Gibeon, Geba, Anathoth, and Almon were from Benjamin.

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  1. 21.9-19 Ashan: One ancient translation and the parallel in 1 Chronicles 6.59; Hebrew “Ain.”
  2. 21.9-19 Arba’s Town: See the note at 14.15.
  3. 21.9-19 Anakim: See the note at 11.21.
  4. 21.9-19 Caleb: See 14.6-14.