Joshua 21:41
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New International Version
The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.

New Living Translation
The total number of towns and pasturelands within Israelite territory given to the Levites came to forty-eight.

English Standard Version
The cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the people of Israel were in all forty-eight cities with their pasturelands.

New American Standard Bible
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.

King James Bible
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Within the Israelite possession there were 48 cities in all with their pasturelands for the Levites.

International Standard Version
All of the cities of the descendants of Levi that had been set apart among the territorial possession of the Israelis totaled 48, along with their pasture lands.

NET Bible
The Levites received within the land owned by the Israelites forty-eight cities in all and their grazing areas.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Within the territory owned by the Israelites there were 48 cities in all for Levi's descendants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their suburbs.

King James 2000 Bible
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their pasture lands.

American King James Version
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.

American Standard Version
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So all the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight,

Darby Bible Translation
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities and their suburbs.

English Revised Version
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.

World English Bible
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their suburbs.

Young's Literal Translation
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel are forty and eight cities, and their suburbs.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:9-42 By mixing the Levites with the other tribes, they were made to see that the eyes of all Israel were upon them, and therefore it was their concern to walk so that their ministry might not be blamed. Every tribe had its share of Levites' cities. Thus did God graciously provide for keeping up religion among them, and that they might have the word in all parts of the land. Yet, blessed be God, we have the gospel more diffused amongst us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All the cities of the Levites, within the possession of the children of Israel,.... As comprised in one sum total:

were forty and eight cities with their suburbs; which is just the number that Moses from the mouth of God ordered to be given unto them, before they entered into the land, and before they were in possession of one city in it, Numbers 35:7; which, as it is a proof of the omniscience, prescience, and predetermination of God; so of the sure and true prediction of Moses, who could not be otherwise certain than from the Lord of the Israelites being able to give so many cities to them, out of each of their tribes: and it is to be observed, that this tribe of Levi, though it had no share in the division of the land, yet had more cities by lot given to it than any other, excepting the tribe of Judah; though indeed, in the account of some of the tribes, all the cities in them are not mentioned; and besides, they had only the cities they had with their suburbs round about them, but not the lands belonging to them, nor the villages; however this shows that a large and liberal maintenance of the ministers of the Lord, that serve in his sanctuary should be allowed and made for them, as in the legal, so under the Gospel dispensation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs—This may appear too great a proportion compared with those of the other tribes. But it must be borne in mind that the list given here contains the names of every Levitical city (see on [204]1Ch 6:39-66); whereas only those cities of the other tribes are mentioned which lay on the frontier or along the boundary line. Besides, the Levites were not the exclusive inhabitants of those forty-eight cities; for there must have been also a considerable number of people kept there to cultivate the glebe lands and tend the cattle. Still further, the Levitical cities had nothing but "their suburbs round about them" [Jos 21:42]; whereas the other cities in Israel possessed a group of independent villages (see Jos 17:1-19:51).

Joshua 21:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
Forty-Eight Cities of the Levites
40All these were the cities of the sons of Merari according to their families, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities. 41All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands. 42These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities.…
Cross References
Numbers 35:7
In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands.

Joshua 21:40
The total number of towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, came to twelve.

Joshua 21:42
Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.

1 Chronicles 6:64
So the Israelites gave the Levites these towns and their pasturelands.
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