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.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Rather, And concerning the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities of their possession, etc. If one of the Levites redeems a house in the city, etc. The meaning appears to be, if a Levite redeemed a house which had been sold to a person of a different tribe by another Levite, it was to revert in the Jubilee to the latter Levite as its original possessor. The purchaser of a Levite's house was in fact only in the condition of a tenant at will, while the fields attached to the Levitical cities could never be alienated, even for a time.
For the application of the law of Jubilee to lands dedicated to the service of the sanctuary, see Leviticus 27:16-25.
LibraryThe Kinsman Redeemer
'After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him.'--LEV. xxv. 48. There are several of the institutions and precepts of the Mosaic legislation which, though not prophetic, nor typical, have yet remarkable correspondences with lofty Christian truth. They may be used as symbols, if only we remember that we are diverting them from their original purpose. How singularly these words lend themselves to the statement of the very central truths of Christianity--a slavery …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Day of Atonement
'The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered as open fields; they have redemption rights and revert in the jubilee.
'What, therefore, belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale in the city of this possession reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel.
Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho, saying,
"As for the cities which you shall give from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall take more from the larger and you shall take less from the smaller; each shall give some of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his possession which he inherits."
They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, "The LORD commanded through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle."
"Moreover, they shall not sell or exchange any of it, or alienate this choice portion of land; for it is holy to the LORD.
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