New Living Translation
The total number of towns and pasturelands within Israelite territory given to the Levites came to forty-eight.
King James Bible
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
Darby Bible Translation
All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities and their suburbs.
World English Bible
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their suburbs.
Young's Literal Translation
All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel are forty and eight cities, and their suburbs.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:41 Forty eight cities - Why hath this tribe, which was the least of all, more cities than any of them? First, it doth not appear that they had more: for though all the cities of the Levites be expressed, it is not so with the other tribes, but divers of their cities are omitted. Secondly, the Levites were confined to their cities and suburbs; the rest had large territories belonging to their cities, which also so they were in a capacity of improving, which the Levites were not; so that one of their cities might be more considerable than divers of the Levites. Thirdly, God, was pleased to deal liberally with his ministers, to put honour on those whom he foresaw many would be prone to despise; and, that being free from outward distractions, they might more entirely and fervently devote themselves to the service of God.
In all, forty-eight towns with the surrounding pastureland will be given to the Levites.
So in all, twelve towns were allotted to the clan of Merari.
Every one of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it.
1 Chronicles 6:64
So the people of Israel assigned all these towns and pasturelands to the Levites.
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