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Joshua 21 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Levitical Cities

21 The tribal leaders of the Levites went before Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and the Israelite tribal leaders in Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said, “The Lord told Moses to assign us cities in which to live along with the grazing areas for our cattle.” So the Israelites assigned these cities and their grazing areas to the Levites from their own holdings, as the Lord had instructed.

The first lot belonged to[a] the Kohathite clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen cities from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten cities from the clans of the tribe of Ephraim, and from the tribe of Dan and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Gershon’s descendants were allotted thirteen cities from the clans of the tribe of Issachar, and from the tribes of Asher and Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan. Merari’s descendants by their clans were allotted twelve cities from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun. So the Israelites assigned to the Levites by lot these cities and their grazing areas, as the Lord had instructed Moses.

They assigned from the tribes of Judah and Simeon the cities listed below. 10 (They were assigned to the Kohathite clans of the Levites who were descendants of Aaron,[b] for the first lot fell to them.) 11 They assigned them Kiriath Arba (Arba was the father of Anak), that is, Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, along with its surrounding grazing areas. 12 (Now the city’s fields and surrounding towns they had assigned to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his property.) 13 So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they assigned Hebron (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter), Libnah, 14 Jattir, Eshtemoa, 15 Holon, Debir, 16 Ain, Juttah, and Beth Shemesh, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of nine cities taken from these two tribes. 17 From the tribe of Benjamin they assigned[c] Gibeon, Geba, 18 Anathoth, and Almon, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities. 19 The priests descended from Aaron received thirteen cities and their grazing areas.

20 The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted cities from the tribe of Ephraim. 21 They assigned them Shechem (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter) in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer, 22 Kibzaim, and Beth Horon, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities. 23 From the tribe of Dan they assigned Eltekeh, Gibbethon, 24 Aijalon, and Gath Rimmon, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities. 25 From the half-tribe of Manasseh they assigned Taanach and Gath Rimmon,[d] along with the grazing areas of each—a total of two cities. 26 The rest of the Kohathite clans received ten cities and their grazing areas.

27 They assigned to the Gershonite clans of the Levites the following cities:[e] from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter) and Beeshtarah, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of two cities; 28 from the tribe of Issachar: Kishon, Daberath, 29 Jarmuth, and En Gannim, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities; 30 from the tribe of Asher: Mishal, Abdon, 31 Helkath, and Rehob, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities; 32 from the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter), Hammoth Dor, and Kartan, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of three cities. 33 The Gershonite clans received thirteen cities and their grazing areas.

34 They assigned to the Merarite clans (the remaining Levites) the following cities: from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam, Kartah, 35 Dimnah, and Nahalal, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities; 36 [f] from the tribe of Reuben: Bezer, Jahaz, 37 Kedemoth, and Mephaath, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities; 38 from the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter), Mahanaim, 39 Heshbon, and Jazer, along with the grazing areas of each—a total of four cities. 40 The Merarite clans (the remaining Levites) were allotted twelve cities.

41 The Levites received within the land owned by the Israelites[g] forty-eight cities in all and their grazing areas. 42 Each of these cities had grazing areas around it; they were alike in this regard.[h]

43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had solemnly promised to their ancestors,[i] and they conquered[j] it and lived in it. 44 The Lord made them secure,[k] in fulfillment of all he had solemnly promised their ancestors.[l] None of their enemies could resist them.[m] The Lord handed all their enemies over to them.[n] 45 Not one of the Lord’s faithful promises to the family of Israel[o] was left unfulfilled; every one was realized.[p]

Footnotes:

  1. Joshua 21:4 tn Heb “came out for.”
  2. Joshua 21:10 tn Heb “and it belonged to the sons of Aaron, from the Kohathite clans, from the sons of Levi.”
  3. Joshua 21:17 tn The words “they assigned” are supplied for clarification (also in vv. 23, 25).
  4. Joshua 21:25 tn The name “Gath Rimmon” is problematic here, for it appears in the preceding list of Danite cities. The LXX reads Iebatha (Ιεβαθα); 1 Chr 6:55 HT (6:70 ET) reads Bilʿam (בִּלְעָם). Most modern translations retain the name “Gath Rimmon,” however.
  5. Joshua 21:27 tn The words “they assigned” and “the following cities” are supplied for clarification (also in v. 34).
  6. Joshua 21:36 tc 21:36-37 are accidentally omitted from a number of significant Hebrew mss. They are, however, found in some Hebrew mss, the LXX and Vulgate.
  7. Joshua 21:41 tn Heb “in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel.”
  8. Joshua 21:42 tn Heb “these cities were city [by] city, and its grazing areas [were] around it; so [it was] for all these cities.”
  9. Joshua 21:43 tn Heb “which he had sworn to give to their fathers.”
  10. Joshua 21:43 tn Or “possessed.”
  11. Joshua 21:44 tn Heb “gave them rest all around.”
  12. Joshua 21:44 tn Heb “according to all he swore to their fathers.”
  13. Joshua 21:44 tn Heb “not a man stood from before them from all their enemies.”
  14. Joshua 21:44 tn Heb All their enemies the Lord gave into their hand.
  15. Joshua 21:45 tn Heb “the house of Israel.” Cf. NCV “the Israelites”; TEV “the people of Israel”; CEV, NLT “Israel.”
  16. Joshua 21:45 tn Heb “not a word from all the good word which the Lord spoke to the house of Israel fell; the whole came to pass.”
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