The grazing lands around the towns that you will give to the Levites must extend to a distance of 500 yards 1 from the town wall.
“So the total of the towns you will give the Levites is forty-eight. You must give these together with their grazing lands.
The descendants of Joseph were considered as two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites were allotted no territory, though they were assigned cities in which to live, along with the grazing areas for their cattle and possessions. 1
in Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said, “The Lord told Moses to assign us cities in which to live along with the grazing areas for our cattle.”
They assigned them Kiriath Arba (Arba was the father of Anak), that is, Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, along with its surrounding grazing areas.
So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they assigned Hebron (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter), Libnah,
They assigned them Shechem (a city of refuge for one who committed manslaughter) in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer,
They assigned to the Merarite clans (the remaining Levites) the following cities: from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam, Kartah,
They were allotted as cities 1 of refuge Shechem and its pasturelands (in the hill country of Ephraim), Gezer and its pasturelands,
Within the territory of the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan River east of Jericho: 1 Bezer in the desert and its pasturelands, Jahzah and its pasturelands,
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 1 scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 2 So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 3 Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 4 For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 5 There is no 6 ruler 7 who can stand up against me.
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. So too I will chase the Babylonians off of their land. Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. For there is no one like me. There is no one who can call me to account. There is no ruler that can stand up against me.
The meadows are clothed with sheep, and the valleys are covered with grain. They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.
“I, the Lord who rules over all, say: 1 ‘This place will indeed lie in ruins. There will be no people or animals in it. But there will again be in it and in its towns sheepfolds where shepherds can rest their sheep.
All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. 1 They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors 2 trusted.’ 3
So I 1 began to shepherd the flock destined for slaughter, the most afflicted 2 of all the flock. Then I took two staffs, 3 calling one “Pleasantness” 4 and the other “Binders,” 5 and I tended the flock.