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They gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon these cities that he called by name; Bible

“he called.” The Hebrew text is a singular active verb, “he called.” It is quite possible, and even likely, here that the “he” is Yahweh, who commanded that cities be given (Josh. 21:8). The parallel in 1 Chronicles 6:65 does read the plural “they,” “they gave,” but here the verb is singular.


Commentary for: Joshua 21:9