Joshua 21

1The family rulers of the Levite family group went to talk to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua son of Nun, and the rulers of the other family groups of Israel. 2This happened at the town of Shiloh in the land of Canaan. The Levite rulers said to them, “The Lord gave Moses a command. He commanded that you give us towns to live in. And he commanded that you give us fields where our animals can eat.” 3So the people of Israel obeyed this command from the Lord. They gave the Levite people these towns and the land around them for their animals: 4The Kohath family were descendants of Aaron the priest from the family group of Levi. Part of the Kohath family was given 13 towns in the areas that belonged to Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. 5The other Kohath families were given ten towns in the areas that belonged to Ephraim, Dan, and half of Manasseh. 6The people from the Gershon family were given 13 towns. These towns were in the areas that belonged to Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and the half of Manasseh that was in Bashan. 7The people from the Merari family were given twelve towns. These twelve towns came from the areas that belonged to Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun. 8So the people of Israel gave the Levite people these towns and the fields around them, just like the Lord had told Moses. 9These are the names of the towns that were in the areas that belonged to Judah and Simeon. 10The first choice of towns was given to Levites from the Kohath family. 11They gave them Kiriath Arba (This is Hebron. It was named for a man named Arba. Arba was the father of Anak.) They also gave them some land near the town for their animals. 12But the fields and the small towns around the city of Kiriath Arba belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh. 13So they gave the city of Hebron to Aaron’s descendants. (Hebron was a city of safety.) They also gave Aaron’s descendants the towns of Libnah, 14Jattir, Eshtemoa, 15Holon, Debir, 16Ain, Juttah, and Beth Shemesh. They also gave them some of the land near these towns for their animals. They gave nine towns to these two groups. 17They also gave Aaron’s descendants cities that belonged to the family group of Benjamin. These cities were Gibeon, Geba, 18Anathoth, and Almon. They gave them these four towns and some of the land near the towns for their animals. 19In all, they gave 13 towns to the priests. (All priests were descendants of Aaron.) They also gave them some land near each town for their animals. 20The other people from the Kohathite family were given towns that were in the areas that belonged to the family group of Ephraim. They got these towns: 21The city of Shechem from the hill country of Ephraim. (Shechem was a city of safety.) They also got Gezer, 22Kibzaim, and Beth Horon. In all, Ephraim gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 23The family group of Dan gave them Eltekeh, Gibbethon, 24Aijalon, and Gath Rimmon. In all, Dan gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 25Half of the family group of Manasseh gave them Taanach and Gath Rimmon. In all, this half of Manasseh gave them two towns and some land around each town for their animals. 26In all, the rest of the people from the Kohath family got ten towns and some land around each town for their animals. 27The Gershon family was also from the family group of Levi. They got these towns: Half of the family group of Manasseh gave them Golan in Bashan. (Golan was a city of safety.) Manasseh also gave them Be Eshtarah. In all, this half of Manasseh gave them two towns and some land around each town for their animals. 28The family group of Issachar gave them Kishion, Daberath, 29Jarmuth, and En Gannim. In all, Issachar gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 30The family group of Asher gave them Mishal, Abdon, 31Helkath, and Rehob. In all, Asher gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 32The family group of Naphtali gave them Kedesh in Galilee. (Kedesh was a city of safety.) Naphtali also gave them Hammoth Dor and Kartan. In all, Naphtali gave them three towns and some land around each town for their animals. 33In all, the Gershon family got 13 towns and some land around each town for their animals. 34The other Levite group was the Merari family. The Merari family got these towns: The family group of Zebulun gave them Jokneam, Kartah, 35Dimnah, and Nahalal. In all, Zebulun gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 36The family group of Reuben gave them Bezer, Jahaz, 37Kedemoth, and Mephaath. In all, Reuben gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 38The family group of Gad gave them Ramoth in Gilead. (Ramoth was a city of safety.) They also gave them Mahanaim, 39Heshbon, and Jazer. In all, Gad gave them four towns and some land around each town for their animals. 40In all, the last family of Levites, the Merari family, got twelve towns. 41So the Levites got a total of 48 towns and some land around each town for their animals. All these towns were in areas that belonged to the other family groups. 42Each of these towns had some land in it for their animals. That was true for every town. 43So the Lord kept the promise that he had made to the people of Israel. He gave the people all the land that he had promised. The people took the land and lived there. 44And the Lord allowed them to have peace on all sides of their land, just like he had promised their ancestors. None of their enemies defeated them. The Lord allowed the people of Israel to defeat every enemy. 45The Lord kept every promise that he made to the people of Israel. There were no promises that he failed to keep. Every promise came true.

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