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Cities and Pasturelands Allotted to Levi 21:1 Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest and to Joshua the son of Nun and to the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel.
2 And they said to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, “The Lord commanded through Moses that we be given cities to dwell in, along with their pasturelands for our livestock.”
3 So by command of the Lord the people of Israel gave to the Levites the following cities and pasturelands out of their inheritance.
4 The lot came out for the clans of the Kohathites. So those Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest received by lot from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin, thirteen cities.
5 And the rest of the Kohathites received by lot from the clans of the tribe of Ephraim, from the tribe of Dan and the half-tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
6 The Gershonites received by lot from the clans of the tribe of Issachar, from the tribe of Asher, from the tribe of Naphtali, and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
7 The Merarites according to their clans received from the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad, and the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
8 These cities and their pasturelands the people of Israel gave by lot to the Levites, as the Lord had commanded through Moses.
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,
10 which went to the descendants of Aaron, one of the clans of the Kohathites who belonged to the people of Levi; since the lot fell to them first.
11 They gave them Kiriath-arba (Arba being the father of Anak), that is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, along with the pasturelands around it.
12 But the fields of the city and its villages had been given to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.
13 And to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasturelands, Libnah with its pasturelands,
14 Jattir with its pasturelands, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands,
15 Holon with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands,
16 Ain with its pasturelands, Juttah with its pasturelands, Beth-shemesh with its pasturelands—nine cities out of these two tribes;
17 then out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasturelands, Geba with its pasturelands,
18 Anathoth with its pasturelands, and Almon with its pasturelands—four cities.
19 The cities of the descendants of Aaron, the priests, were in all thirteen cities with their pasturelands.
20 As to the rest of the Kohathites belonging to the Kohathite clans of the Levites, the cities allotted to them were out of the tribe of Ephraim.
21 To them were given Shechem, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasturelands in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer with its pasturelands,
22 Kibzaim with its pasturelands, Beth-horon with its pasturelands—four cities;
23 and out of the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasturelands, Gibbethon with its pasturelands,
24 Aijalon with its pasturelands, Gath-rimmon with its pasturelands—four cities;
25 and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach with its pasturelands, and Gath-rimmon with its pasturelands—two cities.
26 The cities of the clans of the rest of the Kohathites were ten in all with their pasturelands.
27 And to the Gershonites, one of the clans of the Levites, were given out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its pasturelands, the city of refuge for the manslayer, and Beeshterah with its pasturelands—two cities;
28 and out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with its pasturelands, Daberath with its pasturelands,
29 Jarmuth with its pasturelands, En-gannim with its pasturelands—four cities;
30 and out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its pasturelands, Abdon with its pasturelands,
31 Helkath with its pasturelands, and Rehob with its pasturelands—four cities;
32 and out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its pasturelands, the city of refuge for the manslayer, Hammoth-dor with its pasturelands, and Kartan with its pasturelands—three cities.
33 The cities of the several clans of the Gershonites were in all thirteen cities with their pasturelands.
34 And to the rest of the Levites, the Merarite clans, were given out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasturelands, Kartah with its pasturelands,
35 Dimnah with its pasturelands, Nahalal with its pasturelands—four cities;
36 and out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with its pasturelands, Jahaz with its pasturelands,
37 Kedemoth with its pasturelands, and Mephaath with its pasturelands—four cities;
38 and out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its pasturelands, the city of refuge for the manslayer, Mahanaim with its pasturelands,
39 Heshbon with its pasturelands, Jazer with its pasturelands—four cities in all.
40 As for the cities of the several Merarite clans, that is, the remainder of the clans of the Levites, those allotted to them were in all twelve cities.
41 The cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the people of Israel were in all forty-eight cities with their pasturelands.
42 These cities each had its pasturelands around it. So it was with all these cities.
43 Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there.
44 And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands.
45 Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.
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The Eastern Tribes Return Home 22:1 At that time Joshua summoned the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,
2 and said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you.
3 You have not forsaken your brothers these many days, down to this day, but have been careful to keep the charge of the Lord your God.
4 And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brothers, as he promised them. Therefore turn and go to your tents in the land where your possession lies, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan.
5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
6 So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.
7 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua had given a possession beside their brothers in the land west of the Jordan. And when Joshua sent them away to their homes and blessed them,
8 he said to them, “Go back to your tents with much wealth and with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, and iron, and with much clothing. Divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.”
9 So the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home, parting from the people of Israel at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, their own land of which they had possessed themselves by command of the Lord through Moses.
The Eastern Tribes’ Altar of Witness10 And when they came to the region of the Jordan that is in the land of Canaan, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, an altar of imposing size.
11 And the people of Israel heard it said, “Behold, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built the altar at the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region about the Jordan, on the side that belongs to the people of Israel.”
12 And when the people of Israel heard of it, the whole assembly of the people of Israel gathered at Shiloh to make war against them.
13 Then the people of Israel sent to the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,
14 and with him ten chiefs, one from each of the tribal families of Israel, every one of them the head of a family among the clans of Israel.
15 And they came to the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, and they said to them,
16 “Thus says the whole congregation of the Lord, ‘What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the Lord by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the Lord?
17 Have we not had enough of the sin at Peor from which even yet we have not cleansed ourselves, and for which there came a plague upon the congregation of the Lord,
18 that you too must turn away this day from following the Lord? And if you too rebel against the Lord today then tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel.
19 But now, if the land of your possession is unclean, pass over into the Lord’s land where the Lord’s tabernacle stands, and take for yourselves a possession among us. Only do not rebel against the Lord or make us as rebels by building for yourselves an altar other than the altar of the Lord our God.
20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah break faith in the matter of the devoted things, and wrath fell upon all the congregation of Israel? And he did not perish alone for his iniquity.’”
21 Then the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel,
22 “The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith against the Lord, do not spare us today
23 for building an altar to turn away from following the Lord. Or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or peace offerings on it, may the Lord himself take vengeance.
24 No, but we did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, ‘What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?
25 For the Lord has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you people of Reuben and people of Gad. You have no portion in the Lord.’ So your children might make our children cease to worship the Lord.
26 Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice,
27 but to be a witness between us and you, and between our generations after us, that we do perform the service of the Lord in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and peace offerings, so your children will not say to our children in time to come, You have no portion in the Lord.’
28 And we thought, ‘If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we should say, “Behold, the copy of the altar of the Lord, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you.”’
29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away this day from following the Lord by building an altar for burnt offering, grain offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the Lord our God that stands before his tabernacle!”
30 When Phinehas the priest and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh spoke, it was good in their eyes.
31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh, “Today we know that the Lord is in our midst, because you have not committed this breach of faith against the Lord. Now you have delivered the people of Israel from the hand of the Lord.”
32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the chiefs, returned from the people of Reuben and the people of Gad in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the people of Israel, and brought back word to them.
33 And the report was good in the eyes of the people of Israel. And the people of Israel blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them to destroy the land where the people of Reuben and the people of Gad were settled.
34 The people of Reuben and the people of Gad called the altar Witness, “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that the Lord is God.”
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15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;not so the hearts of fools.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;whoever hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;how much more the hearts of the children of man!
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved;he will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face,but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lordthan great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love isthan a fattened ox and hatred with it.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20 A wise son makes a glad father,but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
22 Without counsel plans fail,but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,and a word in season, how good it is!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proudbut maintains the widow’s boundaries.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,but gracious words are pure.
27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,and good news refreshes the bones.
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproofwill dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,and humility comes before honor.
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Come to Our HelpTo the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.44:1 O God, we have heard with our ears,our fathers have told us,what deeds you performed in their days,in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand drove out the nations,but them you planted;you afflicted the peoples,but them you set free;
3 for not by their own sword did they win the land,nor did their own arm save them,but your right hand and your arm,and the light of your face,for you delighted in them.
4 You are my King, O God;ordain salvation for Jacob!
5 Through you we push down our foes;through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6 For not in my bow do I trust,nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foesand have put to shame those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted continually,and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9 But you have rejected us and disgraced usand have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us turn back from the foe,and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like sheep for slaughterand have scattered us among the nations.
12 You have sold your people for a trifle,demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,the derision and scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations,a laughingstock among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,and shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
17 All this has come upon us,though we have not forgotten you,and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,nor have our steps departed from your way;
19 yet you have broken us in the place of jackalsand covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our Godor spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God discover this?For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you hide your face?Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; come to our help!Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
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Your Throne, O God, Is ForeverTo the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.45:1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;I address my verses to the king;my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;grace is poured upon your lips;therefore God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,in your splendor and majesty!
4 In your majesty ride out victoriouslyfor the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
5 Your arrows are sharpin the heart of the king’s enemies;the peoples fall under you.
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.Therefore God, your God, has anointed youwith the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:forget your people and your father’s house,
11 and the king will desire your beauty.Since he is your lord, bow to him.
12 The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,the richest of the people.
13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king,with her virgin companions following behind her.
15 With joy and gladness they are led alongas they enter the palace of the king.
16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons;you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
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