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Joshua Chapter 21

The Levitical cities

21:1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua יְהוֹשֻׁעַ
Yəhōšuaʿ,(/ˈdʒɒʃuə/), lit. ‘Yahweh is salvation’) also known as Yehoshua. Yeshua or Y’shua (ישוע; with vowel pointing Hebrew: יֵשׁוּעַ, romanized: Yēšūaʿ) was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, romanized: Yəhōšūaʿ, lit. ’Joshua’) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous (Ἰησοῦς), from which, through the Latin IESVS/Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus meaning salvation.
the son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel ;
21:2 And they spoke to them at Shilohשִׁלֹה, שִׁלוֹ ,שִׁילֹה and שִׁילוֹ
Šīlō was an ancient city and sanctuary in Samaria. According to the Hebrew Bible, Shiloh was one of the main centers of Israelite worship during the pre-monarchic period, before the First Temple in Jerusalem was built For more info click here
in the land of Canaan, saying, YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
commanded by the hand of Mosesמשה
Meaning of the name: Linguist Abraham Yahuda, based on the spelling given in the Tanakh, argues that it combines “water” or “seed” and “pond, expanse of water,” thus yielding the sense of “child of the Nile” click here
to give us cities to stay in, with the suburbs of it for our cattle.
21:3 And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, these cities and their suburbs.
21:4 And the lot came out for the families of the 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, thirteen cities.
21:5 And the rest of the children of Kohath [had] by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
21:6 And the children of Gershon [had] by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
21:7 The children of Merari by their families [had] out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
21:8 And the children of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
commanded by the hand of Mosesמשה
Meaning of the name: Linguist Abraham Yahuda, based on the spelling given in the Tanakh, argues that it combines “water” or “seed” and “pond, expanse of water,” thus yielding the sense of “child of the Nile” click here
.
21:9 And 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,
21:10 Which the children of Aaron, [being] of the families of the Kohathites, [who were] of the children of Levi, had for theirs was the first lot.
21:11 And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which [city is] Hebronחֶבְרוֹן
Ḥevrōn is a Palestinian city in the southern West Bank, 19 mi south of Jerusalem. Nestled in the Judaean Mountains, it lies 3,050 ft above sea level.The city is often considered one of the four holy cities in Judaism as well as in Islam.
, in the hill [country] of Judah, with the suburbs of it round
about it.
21:12 But the fields of the city, and the villages of it, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
21:13 This they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebronחֶבְרוֹן
Ḥevrōn is a Palestinian city in the southern West Bank, 19 mi south of Jerusalem. Nestled in the Judaean Mountains, it lies 3,050 ft above sea level.The city is often considered one of the four holy cities in Judaism as well as in Islam.
with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer ; and Libnah with her suburbs,
21:14 And Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa with her suburbs,
21:15 And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs,
21:16 And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, [and] Bethshemesh with her suburbs ; nine cities out of those two tribes.
21:17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,
21:18 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, [were] thirteen cities with their suburbs.
21:20 And 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 Ephraim.
21:21 For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer ; and Gezer with her suburbs,
21:22 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs,
21:24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:25 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs ; two cities.
21:26 All the cities [were] ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of Kohath that remained.
21:27 And to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the [other] half tribe of Manasseh [they gave] Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer ; and Beeshterah with her suburbs ; two cities.
21:28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs,
21:29 Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs,
21:31 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer ; and Hammothdor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs ; three cities.
21:33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families [were] thirteen cities with their suburbs.
21:34 And to the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs,
21:35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs ; four cities.
21:36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs,
21:37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities.
21:38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer ; and Mahanaim with her suburbs,
21:39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs ; four cities in all.
21:40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were [by] their lot twelve cities.
21:41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel [were] forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
21:42 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them thus [were] all these cities.

Israel possesses the land


21:43 And YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
gave to Israel all the land which he sware to give to their fathers ; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
21:44 And YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware to their fathers and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
delivered all their enemies into their hand.
21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
had spoken to the house of Israel ; all came to pass.

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