Joshua 21:8
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English Standard Version
These cities and their pasturelands the people of Israel gave by lot to the Levites, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

King James Bible
And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as Jehovah commanded by Moses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel gave to the Levites the cities and their suburbs, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses, giving to every one by lot.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

Joshua 21:8 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the cities of refuge had been set apart, the towns were also selected, which the different tribes were to give up for the priest and Levites to dwell in according to the Mosaic instructions in Numbers 35:1-8, together with the necessary fields as pasturage for their cattle. The setting apart of the cities of refuge took place before the appointment of the Levitical towns, because the Lord had given commandment through Moses in Numbers 35:6, that they were to give to the Levites the six cities of refuge, and forty-two cities besides, i.e., forty-eight cities in all. From the introductory statement in Joshua 21:1, Joshua 21:2, that the heads of the fathers (see Exodus 6:14, Exodus 6:25) of the Levitical families reminded the distribution committee at Shiloh of the command of God that had been issued through Moses, that towns were to be given them to dwell in, we cannot infer, as Calvin has done, that the Levites had been forgotten, till they came and asserted their claims. All that is stated in these words is, "that when the business had reached that point, they approached the dividers of the land in the common name of the members of their tribe, to receive by lot the cities appointed for them. They simply expressed the commands of God, and said in so many words, that they had been deputed by the Levites generally to draw lots for those forty-eight cities with their suburbs, which had been appointed for that tribe" (Masius). The clause appended to Shiloh, "in the land of Canaan," points to the instructions in Numbers 34:29 and Numbers 35:10, to give the children of Israel their inheritance in the land of Canaan.

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by lot

Joshua 21:3 And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD...

Joshua 18:6 You shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description here to me...

Numbers 33:54 And you shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more you shall give the more inheritance...

Numbers 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods...

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Proverbs 18:18 The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.

as the Lord

Numbers 32:2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest...

Cross References
Genesis 49:5
"Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords.

Joshua 21:7
The Merarites according to their clans received from the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad, and the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.

Joshua 21:9
Out of the tribe of the people of Judah and the tribe of the people of Simeon they gave the following cities mentioned by name,

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