Joshua 21:3

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the children of Israel gaue vnto the Leuites out of their inheritance at the commandement of the Lord, these cities and their suburbs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of Jehovah, these cities with their suburbs.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the children of Israel out of their heritage gave to the Levites these towns with their grass-lands, by the order of the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the word of Jehovah, these cities and their suburbs.
- Darby Bible

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

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

And the sons of Israel give to the Levites, out of their inheritance, at the command of Jehovah, these cities and their suburbs:
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Joshua 21:3


21:3 The children of Israel gave - Probably they gave the Levites promiscuously such cities as God commanded, and the lot appropriated them to their several houses or families. Out of their inheritance - That is, out of their several possessions; that the burden might be equally divided; and, that the Levites being dispersed among the several tribes, according to Jacob's prediction, #Gen 49:7|, might more easily, and effectually teach the Israelites God's law and judgments, which they were engaged to do, #Deu 33:10|, and that the people might upon all occasions resort to them, and enquire the meaning of the law at their mouths. And suburbs - Not only the use, but the absolute dominion of them, as is manifest both from ver.#Jos 21:11|,12, where a distinction is made between the city and suburbs of Hebron, and the fields and villages thereof; (the former given to the Levites, the latter to Caleb;) and from the return of these cities in the Jubilee, unto the Levites as to their proper owners, #Lev 25:33|,34.


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