Leviticus 25:32
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English Standard Version
As for the cities of the Levites, the Levites may redeem at any time the houses in the cities they possess.

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.

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:

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

What was already implied in the laws relating to the purchase and sale of the year's produce (Leviticus 25:15, Leviticus 25:16), namely, that the land could not be alienated, is here clearly expressed; and at the same time the rule is laid down, showing how a man, who had been compelled by poverty to sell his patrimony, was to recover possession of it by redemption. In the first place, Leviticus 25:23 contains the general rule, "the land shall not be sold לצמיתת" (lit., to annihilation), i.e., so as to vanish away from, or be for ever lost to, the seller. For "the land belongs to Jehovah:" the Israelites, to whom He would give it (Leviticus 25:2), were not actual owners or full possessors, so that they could do what they pleased with it, but "strangers and sojourners with Jehovah" in His land. Consequently (Leviticus 25:24) throughout the whole of the land of their possession they were to grant גּאלּה release, redemption to the land. There were three ways in which this could be done. The first case (Leviticus 25:25) was this: if a brother became poor and sold his property, his nearest redeemer was to come and release what his brother had sold, i.e., buy it back from the purchaser and restore it to its former possessor. The nearest redeemer was the relative upon whom this obligation rested according to the series mentioned in Leviticus 25:48, Leviticus 25:49. - The second case (Leviticus 25:26, Leviticus 25:27) was this: if any one had no redeemer, either because there were no relatives upon whom the obligation rested, or because they were all too poor, and he had earned and acquired sufficient to redeem it, he was to calculate the years of purchase, and return the surplus to the man who had bought it, i.e., as much as he had paid for the years that still remained up to the next year of jubilee, that so he might come into possession of it again. As the purchaser had only paid the amount of the annual harvests till the next year of jubilee, all that he could demand back was as much as he had paid for the years that still remained.

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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 the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in...

Joshua 21:1-45 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun...

Cross References
Leviticus 25:31
But the houses of the villages that have no wall around them shall be classified with the fields of the land. They may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the jubilee.

Leviticus 25:33
And if one of the Levites exercises his right of redemption, then the house that was sold in a city they possess shall be released in the jubilee. For the houses in the cities of the Levites are their possession among the people of Israel.

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

Numbers 35:8
And as for the cities that you shall give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, shall give of its cities to the Levites."

Joshua 21:2
And they said to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, "The LORD commanded through Moses that we be given cities to dwell in, along with their pasturelands for our livestock."

Ezekiel 48:14
They shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the LORD.

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