Leviticus 25:32
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.

Berean Study Bible
As for the cities of the Levites, the Levites always have the right to redeem their 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
If any Levites own houses inside a walled city, they will always have the right to buy them back.

Good News Translation
However, Levites have the right to buy back at any time their property in the cities assigned to them.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities in their possession, shall be always redeemable to the Levites.

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
31But houses in villages with no walls around them are considered as open fields. They may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the Jubilee. 32As for the cities of the Levites, the Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the cities they possess. 33So whatever belongs to the Levites may be redeemed—a house sold in a city they possess—and must be released in the Jubilee, because the houses in the cities of the Levites are their possession among the Israelites.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:31
But houses in villages with no walls around them are considered as open fields. They may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the Jubilee.

Leviticus 25:33
So whatever belongs to the Levites may be redeemed--a house sold in a city they possess--and must be released in the Jubilee, because the houses in the cities of the Levites are their possession among the Israelites.

Numbers 35:1
Again the LORD spoke to Moses on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho:

Numbers 35:8
The cities that you apportion from the territory of the Israelites should be given to the Levites in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: more from a larger tribe and less from a smaller one.

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

Ezekiel 48:14
They must not sell or exchange any of it, and they must not transfer this best part of the 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

Numbers 35:2-8
Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them…

Joshua 21:1-45
Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; …







Lexicon
As for the cities
וְעָרֵי֙ (wə·‘ā·rê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

of the Levites,
הַלְוִיִּ֔ם (hal·wî·yim)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

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

always
עוֹלָ֖ם (‘ō·w·lām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

have
תִּהְיֶ֥ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

the right to redeem
גְּאֻלַּ֥ת (gə·’ul·laṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1353: Redemption, relationship

their houses
בָּתֵּ֖י (bāt·tê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

in the cities
עָרֵ֣י (‘ā·rê)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

they possess.
אֲחֻזָּתָ֑ם (’ă·ḥuz·zā·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 272: Something seized, a possession
(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.). 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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