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Leviticus 25:29-31

'Likewise, if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year. 'But if it is not bought back for him within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city passes permanently to its purchaser throughout his generations; it does not revert in the jubilee. '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.

Deuteronomy 3:5

"All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many unwalled towns.

Genesis 4:17

Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

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Burning Cities

Genesis 19:24

Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,

Capturing Cities

2 Samuel 5:6-9

Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, "You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away"; thinking, "David cannot enter here."

Cities In Israel

Deuteronomy 3:4-6

"We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Cities of refuge

Numbers 35:6-34

"The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.

Cities of the plain

Genesis 13:10-12

Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere--this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah--like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar.

Destruction Of Cities

Leviticus 26:31

'I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

Empty Cities

Joshua 8:17

So not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who had not gone out after Israel, and they left the city unguarded and pursued Israel.

Entering Cities

2 Samuel 5:6

Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, "You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away"; thinking, "David cannot enter here."

Fortified Cities

Numbers 13:28

"Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.

Four Cities

Joshua 19:7

Ain, Rimmon and Ether and Ashan; four cities with their villages;

Rebuilding Named Cities

Joshua 6:26

Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, "Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates."

Three Cities

Numbers 35:14

'You shall give three cities across the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan; they are to be cities of refuge.

Two Cities

Jude 1:7

just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

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Acts 9:24

but their plot became known to Saul They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;

2 Kings 7:10

So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and they told them, saying, "We came to the camp of the Arameans, and behold, there was no one there, nor the voice of man, only the horses tied and the donkeys tied, and the tents just as they were."

Nehemiah 13:19

It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day.

Genesis 23:10

Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; even of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying,

Genesis 13:13

Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD.

Jonah 3:5-10

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, "In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. read more.
"But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. "Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish." When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

Matthew 11:23

"And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.

Acts 17:16

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.

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Cities » General references to

Genesis 11:4

They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

2 Kings 13:25

Then Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again from the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities which he had taken in war from the hand of Jehoahaz his father Three times Joash defeated him and recovered the cities of Israel.

Numbers 13:28

"Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.

Genesis 18:24

"Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?

Genesis 41:48

So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.

Cities » Of refuge

Joshua 20:9

These were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.

Exodus 21:13

"But if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.

Numbers 35:6

"The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.

Deuteronomy 4:42

that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:

Deuteronomy 19:3

"You shall prepare the roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God will give you as a possession, so that any manslayer may flee there.

Cities » Fortified

Joshua 14:12

"Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken."

Joshua 10:20

It came about when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter, until they were destroyed, and the survivors who remained of them had entered the fortified cities,

Numbers 32:36

and Beth-nimrah and Beth-haran as fortified cities, and sheepfolds for sheep.

2 Chronicles 8:5

He also built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars;

2 Chronicles 21:3

Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold and precious things, with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.

Cities » Often great and goodly

Daniel 4:30

"The king reflected and said, 'Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?'

Deuteronomy 6:10

"Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,

Genesis 10:12

and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.

Jonah 3:3

So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk.

Cities » Designated as » Treasure

2 Chronicles 16:4

So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim and all the store cities of Naphtali.

Exodus 1:11

So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

2 Chronicles 17:12

So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.

1 Kings 9:19

and all the storage cities which Solomon had, even the cities for his chariots and the cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.

Genesis 41:48

So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 8:4

Cities » Protected at night by watchmen

Song of Songs 5:7

"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.

Isaiah 21:11

The oracle concerning Edom One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"

Cities » Numerous

Joshua 15:21

Now the cities at the extremity of the tribe of the sons of Judah toward the border of Edom in the south were Kabzeel and Eder and Jagur,

1 Chronicles 2:22

Segub became the father of Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead.

Jeremiah 2:28

"But where are your gods Which you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you In the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.

Cities » Entered through gates

Nehemiah 13:19

It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day.

Genesis 34:24

All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

Nehemiah 13:22

And I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the sabbath day For this also remember me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.

Cities » Different kinds of » Royal

Numbers 21:26

For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.

Joshua 10:2

that he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.

2 Samuel 12:26

Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.

Cities » Built » On hills

Luke 4:29

and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.

Revelation 17:9

"Here is the mind which has wisdom The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,

Cities » Arranged in streets and lanes

Zechariah 8:5

'And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.'

Numbers 22:39

And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.

Luke 14:21

"And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'

Cities » Often fortified by art

2 Chronicles 11:5-10

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah. Thus he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, read more.
Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron, which are fortified cities in Judah and in Benjamin.

2 Chronicles 11:23

He acted wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities, and he gave them food in abundance. And he sought many wives for them.

Cities » Designated as » Royal

1 Chronicles 11:7

Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.

Joshua 10:2

that he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.

2 Samuel 12:26

Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.

1 Samuel 27:5

Then David said to Achish, "If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"

Cities » Under governors

2 Corinthians 11:32

In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,

2 Chronicles 33:14

Now after this he built the outer wall of the city of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the Fish Gate; and he encircled the Ophel with it and made it very high. Then he put army commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Cities » Infested by dogs

1 Kings 14:11

"Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs will eat. And he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat; for the LORD has spoken it."'

Psalm 59:6

They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city.

Psalm 59:14

They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city.

Cities » Garrisoned in war

2 Chronicles 17:2

He placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had captured.

2 Chronicles 17:19

These are they who served the king, apart from those whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah.

Cities » Different kinds of » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 9:25

Now Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.

Cities » Provided with judges

Deuteronomy 16:18

"You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

2 Chronicles 19:5

He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city.

Cities » Were frequently » Besieged

Deuteronomy 28:52

"It shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you.

2 Kings 19:24-25

"I dug wells and drank foreign waters, And with the sole of my feet I dried up All the rivers of Egypt." 'Have you not heard? Long ago I did it; From ancient times I planned it Now I have brought it to pass, That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.

Cities » Prosperity of, increased by commerce

Genesis 49:13

"Zebulun will dwell at the seashore; And he shall be a haven for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon.

Deuteronomy 33:18-19

Of Zebulun he said, "Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth, And, Issachar, in your tents. "They will call peoples to the mountain; There they will offer righteous sacrifices; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand."

Cities » Different kinds of » Store

2 Chronicles 8:6

and Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.

2 Chronicles 8:4

He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath.

Cities » Illustrative of » The apostacy

Revelation 16:10

Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain,

Revelation 17:18

"The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth."

Cities » Illustrative of » Church triumphant

Revelation 22:19

and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Cities » Built » In desert places

2 Chronicles 8:4

He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath.

Psalm 107:35-36

He changes a wilderness into a pool of water And a dry land into springs of water; And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish an inhabited city,

Cities » Surrounded with walls

Deuteronomy 1:28

'Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there."'

Deuteronomy 3:5

"All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many unwalled towns.

Cities » Difficulty of taking, alluded to

Proverbs 18:19

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.

Jeremiah 1:18-19

"Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land. "They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.

Cities » Often insignificant

Genesis 19:20

now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved."

Ecclesiastes 9:14

There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.

Cities » Often deserted on the approach of an enemy

Jeremiah 4:29

At the sound of the horseman and bowman every city flees; They go into the thickets and climb among the rocks; Every city is forsaken, And no man dwells in them.

1 Samuel 31:7

When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, with those who were beyond the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the cities and fled; then the Philistines came and lived in them.

Cities » Artificial mode of supplying water to

2 Kings 18:17

Then the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rab-saris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah with a large army to Jerusalem So they went up and came to Jerusalem And when they went up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway of the fuller's field.

2 Kings 20:20

Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?

Cities » Were frequently » Pillaged

Isaiah 13:16

Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces Before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished.

Jeremiah 20:5

'I will also give over all the wealth of this city, all its produce and all its costly things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give over to the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away and bring them to Babylon.

Cities » Built » Of stone and wood

Psalm 102:14

Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust.

Ezekiel 26:12

"Also they will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water.

Cities » Built » In plains

Genesis 11:2

It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Genesis 13:12

Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.

Cities » Different kinds of » Commercial

Isaiah 23:11

He has stretched His hand out over the sea, He has made the kingdoms tremble; The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.

Ezekiel 27:3

and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.'

Cities » Were called after » The family of the founder

Genesis 4:17

Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

Judges 18:29

They called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father who was born in Israel; however, the name of the city formerly was Laish.

Cities » Were frequently » Depopulated

Isaiah 17:9

In that day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest, Or like branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel; And the land will be a desolation.

Ezekiel 26:19

For thus says the Lord GOD, "When I make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you and the great waters cover you,

Cities » Were frequently » Burned

Judges 20:38

Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city.

Judges 20:40

But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjamin looked behind them; and behold, the whole city was going up in smoke to heaven.

Cities » Built » On solid foundations

Ezra 6:3

"In the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: 'Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be retained, its height being 60 cubits and its width 60 cubits;

Revelation 21:14

And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Cities » Figurative

Hebrews 12:22

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,

Hebrews 11:16

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

Cities » Different kinds of » Fenced

Joshua 10:20

It came about when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter, until they were destroyed, and the survivors who remained of them had entered the fortified cities,

Isaiah 36:1

Now in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them.

Cities » Were frequently » Stormed

Joshua 8:3-7

So Joshua rose with all the people of war to go up to Ai; and Joshua chose 30,000 men, valiant warriors, and sent them out at night. He commanded them, saying, "See, you are going to ambush the city from behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready. "Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out to meet us as at the first, we will flee before them. read more.
"They will come out after us until we have drawn them away from the city, for they will say, 'They are fleeing before us as at the first.' So we will flee before them. "And you shall rise from your ambush and take possession of the city, for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.

Judges 9:44

Then Abimelech and the company who was with him dashed forward and stood in the entrance of the city gate; the other two companies then dashed against all who were in the field and slew them.

Cities » Designated as » Merchant

Ezekiel 17:4

"He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders.

Isaiah 23:11

He has stretched His hand out over the sea, He has made the kingdoms tremble; The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.

Ezekiel 27:3

and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.'

Cities » Often founded and enlarged by blood and rapine

Micah 3:10

Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

Cities » Often fortified by nature

Psalm 125:2

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

Isaiah 33:16

He will dwell on the heights, His refuge will be the impregnable rock; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure.

Cities » Designed for habitations

Psalm 107:7

He led them also by a straight way, To go to an inhabited city.

Psalm 107:36

And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish an inhabited city,

Cities » Sometimes had suburbs

Numbers 35:2

"Command the sons of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their possession cities to live in; and you shall give to the Levites pasture lands around the cities.

Joshua 21:3

So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.

Cities » Built » In pleasant situations

2 Kings 2:19

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful."

Psalm 48:2

Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.

Cities » Built » Of brick and mortar

Exodus 1:14

and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.

Exodus 1:11

So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by famine

Jeremiah 52:6

On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

Amos 4:6

"But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities And lack of bread in all your places, Yet you have not returned to Me," declares the LORD.

Cities » Built » Beside rivers

Psalm 46:4

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

Cities » Illustrative of » Visible church

Song of Songs 3:2-3

'I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.' I sought him but did not find him. "The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves?'

Cities » Furnished with stores

2 Chronicles 11:11-12

He also strengthened the fortresses and put officers in them and stores of food, oil and wine. He put shields and spears in every city and strengthened them greatly. So he held Judah and Benjamin.

Cities » Densely inhabited

Jonah 4:11

"Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?"

Nahum 3:8

Are you better than No-amon, Which was situated by the waters of the Nile, With water surrounding her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall consisted of the sea?

Cities » Government of, by rulers

Nehemiah 3:9

Next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs.

Nehemiah 3:12

Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs, he and his daughters.

Nehemiah 3:17-18

After him the Levites carried out repairs under Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, the official of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district. After him their brothers carried out repairs under Bavvai the son of Henadad, official of the other half of the district of Keilah.

Nehemiah 7:2

then I put Hanani my brother, and Hananiah the commander of the fortress, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.

Cities » Designated as » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 8:6

and Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.

2 Chronicles 9:25

Now Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.

Cities » Suburbs of

Joshua 14:4

For the sons of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, and they did not give a portion to the Levites in the land, except cities to live in, with their pasture lands for their livestock and for their property.

Numbers 35:3-5

"The cities shall be theirs to live in; and their pasture lands shall be for their cattle and for their herds and for all their beasts. "The pasture lands of the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall extend from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits around. "You shall also measure outside the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, with the city in the center. This shall become theirs as pasture lands for the cities.

Cities » Different kinds of » Levitical

Leviticus 25:32-33

'As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession. '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.

Cities » Ancient

Genesis 4:17

Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

Genesis 10:10-12

The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.

Cities » A great defence to a country

2 Chronicles 11:5

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah.

Cities » Built » Often of a square form

Revelation 21:16

The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.

Cities » Afforded refuge in times of danger

Jeremiah 8:14-16

Why are we sitting still? Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities And let us perish there, Because the LORD our God has doomed us And given us poisoned water to drink, For we have sinned against the LORD. We waited for peace, but no good came; For a time of healing, but behold, terror! From Dan is heard the snorting of his horses; At the sound of the neighing of his stallions The whole land quakes; For they come and devour the land and its fullness, The city and its inhabitants.

Cities » Often of great antiquity

Genesis 10:11-12

From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.

Cities » Were called after » The country in which built

Daniel 4:29-30

"Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. "The king reflected and said, 'Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?'

Cities » Illustrative of » Riches

Cities » Were called after » The proprietor of the land

1 Kings 16:24

He bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by pestilence

1 Samuel 5:11

They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not kill us and our people " For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

Cities » Illustrative of » Heavenly inheritance

Hebrews 11:16

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

Cities » Perishable nature of

Cities » Different kinds of » Refuge

Numbers 35:6

"The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to; and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.

Cities » Illustrative of » Saints

Cities » Built » Of brick and slime

Genesis 11:3

They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.

Cities » Often built to perpetuate a name

Genesis 11:4

They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

Cities » First mention of

Genesis 4:17

Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

Cities » Different kinds of » Treasure

Exodus 1:11

So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Cities » Were frequently » Razed and sown with salt

Judges 9:45

Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he razed the city and sowed it with salt.

Cities » Were frequently » Made heaps of ruins

Isaiah 25:2

For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.

Cities » Built » With compactness

Psalm 122:3

Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together;

Cities » Often had citadels

Judges 9:51

But there was a strong tower in the center of the city, and all the men and women with all the leaders of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up on the roof of the tower.

Cities » Inhabitants of, called citizens

Acts 21:39

But Paul said, "I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people."

Cities » Town clerk of

Acts 19:35

After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, "Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven?

Fortresses » Places used as » Cities

Nehemiah 4:2

He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?"

Judges 9:31

He sent messengers to Abimelech deceitfully, saying, "Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his relatives have come to Shechem; and behold, they are stirring up the city against you.

Foundation » Laid for » Cities

1 Kings 16:34

In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho; he laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.

Joshua 6:26

Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, "Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates."

Gates » Made to » Cities

1 Kings 17:10

So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, "Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink."



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