Leviticus 25:32
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New International Version
"'The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns, which they possess.

New Living Translation
"The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them.

English Standard Version
As for the cities of the Levites, the Levites may redeem at any time the houses in the cities they possess.

New American Standard Bible
'As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession.

King James Bible
Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Concerning the Levitical cities, the Levites always have the right to redeem houses in the cities they possess.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, the cities that belong to the descendants of Levi—that is, the houses in the cities that belong to them—are to belong to the descendants of Levi perpetually as part of their right of redemption.

NET Bible
As for the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities which they possess, the Levites must have a perpetual right of redemption.

New Heart English Bible
"'Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem forever.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The Levites always have the right to buy back their property in the cities they own.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, the Levites shall have a perpetual right of redemption.

New American Standard 1977
‘As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites and the houses of the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem at any time.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

American King James Version
Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

American Standard Version
Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The houses of Levites, which are in cities, may always be redeemed:

Darby Bible Translation
But as to the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities of their possession, the Levites shall have a perpetual right of redemption.

English Revised Version
Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

Webster's Bible Translation
Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

World English Bible
"'Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem at any time.

Young's Literal Translation
'As to cities of the Levites -- houses of the cities of their possession -- redemption age-during is to the Levites;
Study Bible
The Law of Redemption
31'The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered as open fields; they have redemption rights and revert in the jubilee. 32As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession. 33'What, therefore, belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale in the city of this possession reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:31
'The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered as open fields; they have redemption rights and revert in the jubilee.

Leviticus 25:33
'What, therefore, belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale in the city of this possession reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel.

Numbers 35:1
Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho, saying,

Numbers 35:8
"As for the cities which you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall take more from the larger and you shall take less from the smaller; each shall give some of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his possession which he inherits."

Joshua 21:2
They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, "The LORD commanded through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle."

Ezekiel 48:14
"Moreover, they shall not sell or exchange any of it, or alienate this choice portion of land; for it is holy to the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.

the cities
As the Levites had no inheritance in Israel, but only cities to dwell in; and consequently the houses in these cities were all they could call their own, therefore they could not be ultimately alienated.

Numbers 35:2-8 Command the children of Israel, that they give to the Levites of …

Joshua 21:1-45 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites to Eleazar …

(32) Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses.--Better, And as to the cities of the Levites, the houses, that is, the houses which belong to the Levites, in the forty-eight cities given to them (see Numbers 35:1-8; Joshua 21:1-3), are to be exempt from this general law of house property.

May the Levites redeem at any time.--Having the same value to the Levites as landed property has to the other tribes, these houses are to be subject to the jubile laws for fields, and hence may be redeemed at any time.

Verses 32-34. - The houses of the Levites are, by an exception, subject to the law of jubilee. They constituted the share of the national property which was assigned to the tribe of Levi, and so far stood in the same relation to them as the land did to the other tribes. They therefore returned to the original possessor or his representative in the year of jubilee, and might at any earlier time be redeemed. The words, Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, should rather be rendered, But in respect to the cities of the Levites. There is a difficulty also as to the translation of the clause, And if a man purchase of the Levites, for the word rendered purchase menus elsewhere redeem; but here the Authorized Version would seem to be correct. The sense that it gives is that if any one bought a house of the Levites, he had to render it back in the year of jubilee, just as though it had been land. On the other hand, the land belonging to the Levites, in the suburbs of the Levitical cities, which was used for the pasturage of the flocks of the Levites, could not be sold except to a Levite, and therefore no question between the Levites and members of the other tribes could arise regarding it. The phrase, the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, must be understood, by a hendiadys, to mean, the house that was sold in the city of his possession (see Gesenius, 'Lex.,' s.v. לְ i.b.). Notwithstanding, the cities of the Levites,.... The six cities of refuge, and forty two others; these and the houses in them are excepted from the above law, and only they; not such as they might purchase elsewhere; wherefore it follows:

and the houses of the cities of their possession; which were in cities possessed by them, and which was their possession, and given them as such:

may the Levites redeem at any time; they were not restrained to a year, as houses in walled towns, but they might redeem them as they pleased or could; and if they did not redeem them within the year, they might redeem them afterwards, even years after, and any time before the year of jubilee; so it is said in the Misnah (l) the priests and the Levites sell always, and they redeem always, as it is said, Leviticus 25:32; on which one of the commentators says (m) "they sell always", not as the Israelites, who cannot sell less than two years before the jubilee; but the Levites can sell near the jubilee: "and they redeem always"; if they sell houses in walled cities, they are not confirmed at the end of the year, as the houses of Israelites; and if they sell fields, it is not necessary they should remain in the hands of the buyer two years, but they may redeem them immediately if they will: this redemption was peculiar to the Levites; for if an Israelite has an inheritance from his father's mother, a Levite, he might not redeem according to the manner Levites did, but according to Israelites; and so a Levite that inherited from his father's mother, an Israelite, was obliged to redeem as an Israelite and not as a Levite (n); for this perpetual redemption respected only houses that were in the cities of the Levites.

(l) Eracin, c. 9. sect. 8. (m) Bartenora in ib. (n) Misn. Eracin, c. 9. sect. 8. 32-34. Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, etc.—The Levites, having no possessions but their towns and their houses, the law conferred on them the same privileges that were granted to the lands of the other Israelites. A certain portion of the lands surrounding the Levitical cities was appropriated to them for the pasturage of their cattle and flocks (Nu 35:4, 5). This was a permanent endowment for the support of the ministry and could not be alienated for any time. The Levites, however, were at liberty to make exchanges among themselves; and a priest might sell his house, garden, and right of pasture to another priest, but not to an Israelite of another tribe (Jer 41:7-9).25:23-34 If the land were not redeemed before the year of jubilee, it then returned to him that sold or mortgaged it. This was a figure of the free grace of God in Christ; by which, and not by any price or merit of our own, we are restored to the favour of God. Houses in walled cities were more the fruits of their own industry than land in the country, which was the direct gift of God's bounty; therefore if a man sold a house in a city, he might redeem it only within a year after the sale. This encouraged strangers and proselytes to come and settle among them.
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