New International Version
"'The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns, which 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.
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.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The cities of the Levites - The law in this and the following verses was also a very wise one. A Levite could not ultimately sell his house: if sold he could redeem it at any time in the interim between the two jubilees; but if not redeemed, it must go out at the following jubilee. And why? "Because Moses framed his laws so much in favor of the priesthood, that they had peculiar privileges?" etc. Just the reverse: they were so far from being peculiarly favored that they had no inheritance in Israel, only their cities, to dwell in: and because their houses in these cities were the whole that they could call their own, therefore these houses could not be ultimately alienated. All that they had to live on besides was from that most precarious source of support, the freewill-offerings of the people, which depended on the prevalence of pure religion in the land.
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LibrarySojourners with God
'The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.' --LEV. xxv. 23. The singular institution of the Jubilee year had more than one purpose. As a social and economical arrangement it tended to prevent the extremes of wealth and poverty. Every fiftieth year the land was to revert to its original owners, the lineal descendants of those who had 'come in with the conqueror,' Joshua. Debts were to be remitted, slaves emancipated, and so the mountains …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Boniface viii Ad 1294-1303.
But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as belonging to the open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee.
So the property of the Levites is redeemable--that is, a house sold in any town they hold--and is to be returned in the Jubilee, because the houses in the towns of the Levites are their property among the Israelites.
On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, the LORD said to Moses,
The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few."
at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, "The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock."
They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the LORD.
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