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The Cities of the Levites
(1 Chronicles 6.54-81)
1Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Ele-a´zar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; 2#Num 35.1-8 and they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The Lord commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. 3And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the Lord, these cities and their suburbs.
4And the lot came out for the families of the Ko´hathites: 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, thirteen cities.
5And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the families of the tribe of E´phra-im, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manas´seh, ten cities.
6And the children of Gershon had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Is´sachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naph´tali, and out of the half tribe of Manas´seh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
7The children of Mera´ri by their families had out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zeb´ulun, twelve cities.
8And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.
9And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here mentioned by name, 10which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the Ko´hathites, who were of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot. 11And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about it. 12But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephun´neh for his possession.
13Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah with her suburbs, 14and Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemo´a with her suburbs, 15and Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs, 16and A´in with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, and Beth–she´mesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes. 17And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs, 18An´athoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four cities. 19All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
20And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites which remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of E´phra-im. 21For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount E´phra-im, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs, 22and Kibza´im with her suburbs, and Beth–ho´ron with her suburbs; four cities. 23And out of the tribe of Dan, Elte´keh with her suburbs, Gib´bethon with her suburbs, 24Ai´jalon with her suburbs, Gath–rim´mon with her suburbs; four cities. 25And out of the half tribe of Manas´seh, Tanach with her suburbs, and Gath–rim´mon with her suburbs; two cities. 26All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of Kohath that remained.
27And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manas´seh they gave Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Be-esh´terah with her suburbs; two cities. 28And out of the tribe of Is´sachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dab´erath with her suburbs, 29Jarmuth with her suburbs, En–gan´nim with her suburbs; four cities. 30And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs, 31Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities. 32And out of the tribe of Naph´tali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Ham´moth–dor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities. 33All the cities of the Ger´shonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
34And unto the families of the children of Mera´ri, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zeb´ulun, Jok´ne-am with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs, 35Dimnah with her suburbs, Na´halal with her suburbs; four cities. 36And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jaha´zah with her suburbs, 37Kede´moth with her suburbs, and Meph´a-ath with her suburbs; four cities. 38And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gil´e-ad with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Mahana´im with her suburbs, 39Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in all. 40So all the cities for the children of Mera´ri by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities.
41All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs. 42These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them: thus were all these cities.
Israel Possesses the Land
43And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
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