Joshua 21:3
New International Version
So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance:

New Living Translation
So by the command of the LORD the people of Israel gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own grants of land.

English Standard Version
So by command of the LORD the people of Israel gave to the Levites the following cities and pasturelands out of their inheritance.

Berean Study Bible
So by the command of the LORD, the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pasturelands out of their own inheritance:

King James Bible
And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.

New King James Version
So the children of Israel gave to the Levites from their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their common-lands:

New American Standard Bible
So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, in accordance with the command of the LORD.

NASB 1995
So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.

NASB 1977
So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.

Amplified Bible
So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these [forty-eight] cities and their pasture lands, in accordance with the command of the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
So the Israelites, by the LORD’s command, gave the Levites these cities with their pasturelands from their inheritance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the Israelites, by the LORD's command, gave the Levites these cities with their pasturelands from their inheritance.

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of Jehovah, these cities with their suburbs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the children of Israel gave these cities and their fields to the Levites from their inheritance, because of the word of the mouth of LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So the children of Israel gave to the Levites in their inheritance by the command of the Lord the cities and the country round.

Contemporary English Version
Since the LORD had said this, the leaders of the other Israelite tribes agreed to give some of the towns and pastures from their tribal lands to Levi.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel gave out of their possessions according to the commandment of the Lord, cities and their suburbs.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of the LORD, these cities with their suburbs.

Good News Translation
So in accordance with the LORD's command the people of Israel gave the Levites certain cities and pasture lands out of their own territories.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, as the LORD had instructed, Levi's descendants were given the following cities with pasturelands from the Israelites' inheritance.

International Standard Version
So, just as the Lord had said, the Israelis set aside cities for the descendants of Levi from a portion of their own inheritances, along with their grazing lands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of the LORD, these cities with the open land about them.

Literal Standard Version
And the sons of Israel give to the Levites, out of their inheritance, at the command of YHWH, these cities and their outskirts:

NET Bible
So the Israelites assigned these cities and their grazing areas to the Levites from their own holdings, as the LORD had instructed.

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of the LORD, these cities with their suburbs.

World English Bible
The children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of Yahweh, these cities with their suburbs.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel give to the Levites, out of their inheritance, at the command of Jehovah, these cities and their suburbs:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Forty-Eight Cities for the Levites
2at Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said to them, “The LORD commanded through Moses that we be given cities in which to live, together with pasturelands for our livestock.” 3So by the command of the LORD, the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pasturelands out of their own inheritance: 4The first lot came out for the Kohathite clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest received thirteen cities by lot from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.…

Cross References
Joshua 21:2
at Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said to them, "The LORD commanded through Moses that we be given cities in which to live, together with pasturelands for our livestock."

Joshua 21:4
The first lot came out for the Kohathite clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest received thirteen cities by lot from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.

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


Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.

unto the Levites

Genesis 49:7
Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

Deuteronomy 33:8-10
And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah; …

1 Chronicles 6:54-81
Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot…









Verse 3. - Out of their inheritance. Out of that of Israel (see note on ver. 1). These cities. The number was forty-eight, i.e., four times twelve. Bahr ('Symbolik des Alten Testaments,' 1:221) remarks on the symbolical meaning of this number. He compares it, first, to the twelve tribes marching in four detachments, the ark of God and its guard in the centre (see Numbers 2.). Four, he says, is the number of the world, and three the sign of God, and twelve of the combination of the two. Thus we are reminded of the heavenly city which "lieth four-square," which has "twelve foundations of precious stones," "twelve gates of pearls, and at the gates twelve angels," and the names of "the twelve tribes of Israel" written thereupon, and wherein was "the tree of life," with its "twelve manner of fruits," which were "yielded every month" (Revelation 21:12, 14, 16, 19, 21; Revelation 22:2).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So by
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the command
פִּ֣י (pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

the Israelites
בְנֵי־ (ḇə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

gave
וַיִּתְּנ֨וּ (way·yit·tə·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the Levites
לַלְוִיִּ֛ם (lal·wî·yim)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

these
הָאֵ֖לֶּה (hā·’êl·leh)
Article | Pronoun - common plural
Strong's 428: These, those

cities
הֶעָרִ֥ים (he·‘ā·rîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5892: Excitement

and their pasturelands
מִגְרְשֵׁיהֶֽן׃ (miḡ·rə·šê·hen)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine plural
Strong's 4054: A suburb, the area around a, building, the margin of the sea

out of their own inheritance:
מִנַּחֲלָתָ֖ם (min·na·ḥă·lā·ṯām)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5159: Something inherited, occupancy, an heirloom, an estate, patrimony, portion


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