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28 Bible Verses about Cities

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Leviticus 25:29-31

“If a man sells a residence in a walled city, his right of redemption will last until a year has passed after its sale; his right of redemption will last a year. If it is not redeemed by the end of a full year, then the house in the walled city is permanently transferred to its purchaser throughout his generations. It is not to be released on the Jubilee. But houses in villages that have no walls around them are to be classified as open fields. The right to redeem such houses stays in effect, and they are to be released at the Jubilee.

Deuteronomy 3:5

All these were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a large number of rural villages.

Genesis 4:17

Cain was intimate with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain became the builder of a city, and he named the city Enoch after his son.

Acts 9:24

but their plot became known to Saul. So they were watching the gates day and night intending to kill him,

2 Kings 7:10

The diseased men went and called to the city’s gatekeepers and told them, “We went to the Aramean camp and no one was there—no human sounds. There was nothing but tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents were intact.”

Nehemiah 13:19

When shadows began to fall on the gates of Jerusalem just before the Sabbath, I gave orders that the gates be closed and not opened until after the Sabbath. I posted some of my men at the gates, so that no goods could enter during the Sabbath day.

Genesis 23:10

Ephron was sitting among the Hittites. So in the presence of all the Hittites who came to the gate of his city, Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham:

Genesis 13:13

Now the men of Sodom were evil, sinning greatly against the Lord.

Jonah 3:5-10

The men of Nineveh believed in God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least. When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he issued a decree in Nineveh:By order of the king and his nobles: No man or beast, herd or flock, is to taste anything at all. They must not eat or drink water. read more.
Furthermore, both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth, and everyone must call out earnestly to God. Each must turn from his evil ways and from the violence he is doing. Who knows? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish. Then God saw their actions—that they had turned from their evil ways—so God relented from the disaster He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it.

Matthew 11:23

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today.

Acts 17:16

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols.

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Cities » General references to

2 Kings 13:25

Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz took back from Ben-hadad son of Hazael the cities that Hazael had taken in war from Jehoash’s father Jehoahaz. Jehoash defeated Ben-hadad three times and recovered the cities of Israel.

Numbers 13:28

However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there.

Genesis 18:24

What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will You really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people who are in it?

Genesis 41:48

Joseph gathered all the excess food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and put it in the cities. He put the food in every city from the fields around it.

Cities » Of refuge

Joshua 20:9

These are the cities appointed for all the Israelites and foreigners among them, so that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there and not die at the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the assembly.

Exodus 21:13

But if he didn’t intend any harm, and yet God caused it to happen by his hand, I will appoint a place for you where he may flee.

Numbers 35:6

“The cities you give the Levites will include six cities of refuge, which you must provide so that the one who kills someone may flee there; in addition to these, give 42 other cities.

Deuteronomy 4:42

Someone could flee there who committed manslaughter, killing his neighbor accidentally without previously hating him. He could flee to one of these cities and stay alive:

Deuteronomy 19:3

You are to determine the distances and divide the land the Lord your God is granting you as an inheritance into three regions, so that anyone who commits manslaughter can flee to these cities.

Cities » Fortified

Joshua 14:12

Now give me this hill country the Lord promised me on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.”

Joshua 10:20

So Joshua and the Israelites finished inflicting a terrible slaughter on them until they were destroyed, although a few survivors ran away to the fortified cities.

Numbers 32:36

Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran as fortified cities, and built sheepfolds.

2 Chronicles 8:5

He built Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon—fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars

2 Chronicles 21:3

Their father had given them many gifts of silver, gold, and valuable things, along 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 exclaimed, “Is this not Babylon the Great that I have built by my vast power to be a royal residence and to display my majestic glory?”

Deuteronomy 6:10

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give you—a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build,

Genesis 10:12

and Resen, between Nineveh and the great city Calah.

Jonah 3:3

So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the Lord’s command.Now Nineveh was an extremely large city, a three-day walk.

Cities » Designated as » Treasure

2 Chronicles 16:4

Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies to the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.

Exodus 1:11

So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.

2 Chronicles 17:12

Jehoshaphat grew stronger and stronger. He built fortresses and storage cities in Judah

1 Kings 9:19

all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.

Genesis 41:48

Joseph gathered all the excess food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and put it in the cities. He put the food in every city from the fields around it.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 8:4

Cities » Protected at night by watchmen

Psalm 127:1

A Solomonic song of ascents.Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain.

Song of Songs 5:7

The guards who go about the city found me.
They beat and wounded me;
they took my cloak from me—
the guardians of the walls.

Isaiah 21:11

An oracle against Dumah:One calls to me from Seir,
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”

Cities » Numerous

Joshua 15:21

These were the outermost cities of the tribe of the descendants of Judah toward the border of Edom in the Negev: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,

1 Chronicles 2:22

Segub fathered Jair, who possessed 23 towns in the land of Gilead.

Jeremiah 2:28

But where are your gods you made for yourself?
Let them rise up and save you
in your time of disaster if they can,
for your gods are as numerous as your cities, Judah.

Cities » Entered through gates

Nehemiah 13:19

When shadows began to fall on the gates of Jerusalem just before the Sabbath, I gave orders that the gates be closed and not opened until after the Sabbath. I posted some of my men at the gates, so that no goods could enter during the Sabbath day.

Genesis 34:24

All the able-bodied men listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and all the able-bodied men were circumcised.

Nehemiah 13:22

Then I instructed the Levites to purify themselves and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.Remember me for this also, my God, and look on me with compassion in keeping with Your abundant, faithful love.

Cities » Different kinds of » Royal

Numbers 21:26

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

Joshua 10:2

So Adoni-zedek and his people were greatly alarmed because Gibeon was a large city like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were warriors.

2 Samuel 12:26

Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal fortress.

Cities » Built » On hills

Luke 4:29

They got up, drove Him out of town, and brought Him to the edge of the hill that their town was built on, intending to hurl Him over the cliff.

Revelation 17:9

“Here is the mind with wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated.

Cities » Arranged in streets and lanes

Numbers 22:39

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

Luke 14:21

“So the slave came back and reported these things to his master. Then in anger, the master of the house told his slave, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame!’

Cities » Often fortified by art

2 Chronicles 11:5-10

Rehoboam stayed in Jerusalem, and he fortified cities in Judah. He built up 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

Rehoboam also showed discernment by dispersing some of his sons to all the regions of Judah and Benjamin and to all the fortified cities. He gave them plenty of provisions and sought many wives for them.

Cities » Designated as » Royal

1 Chronicles 11:7

Then David took up residence in the stronghold; therefore, it was called the city of David.

Joshua 10:2

So Adoni-zedek and his people were greatly alarmed because Gibeon was a large city like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were warriors.

2 Samuel 12:26

Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal fortress.

1 Samuel 27:5

Now David said to Achish, “If I have found favor with you, let me be given a place in one of the outlying towns, so I can live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?”

Cities » Under governors

2 Corinthians 11:32

In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me,

2 Chronicles 33:14

After this, he built the outer wall of the city of David from west of Gihon in the valley to the entrance of the Fish Gate; he brought it around the Ophel, and he heightened it considerably. He also placed military commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Cities » Infested by dogs

1 Kings 14:11

Anyone who belongs to Jeroboam and dies in the city,
the dogs will eat,
and anyone who dies in the field,
the birds of the sky will eat,
for the Lord has said it!’

Psalm 59:6

They return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.

Psalm 59:14

And they return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.

Cities » Garrisoned in war

2 Chronicles 17:2

He stationed troops in every fortified city of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.

2 Chronicles 17:19

These were the ones who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.

Cities » Different kinds of » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

Solomon’s Horses and WealthSolomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 9:25

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

Cities » Provided with judges

Deuteronomy 16:18

“Appoint judges and officials for your tribes in all your towns the Lord your God is giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment.

2 Chronicles 19:5

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

Cities » Were frequently » Besieged

Deuteronomy 28:52

They will besiege you within all your gates until your high and fortified walls, that you trust in, come down throughout your land. They will besiege you within all your gates throughout the land the Lord your God has given you.

2 Kings 19:24-25

I dug [wells], and I drank foreign waters. I dried up all the streams of Egypt with the soles of my feet. Have you not heard? I designed it long ago; I planned it in days gone by. I have now brought it to pass, and you have crushed fortified cities into piles of rubble.

Cities » Prosperity of, increased by commerce

Genesis 49:13

Zebulun will live by the seashore
and will be a harbor for ships,
and his territory will be next to Sidon.

Deuteronomy 33:18-19

He said about Zebulun: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your journeys, and Issachar, in your tents. They summon the peoples to a mountain; there they offer acceptable sacrifices. For they draw from the wealth of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand.

Cities » Different kinds of » Store

2 Chronicles 8:6

Baalath, all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, all the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and everything Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.

2 Chronicles 8:4

He built Tadmor in the wilderness along with all the storage cities that he built in Hamath.

Cities » Illustrative of » The apostacy

Revelation 16:10

The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues because of their pain

Revelation 17:18

And the woman you saw is the great city that has an empire over the kings of the earth.”

Cities » Illustrative of » Church triumphant

Revelation 22:19

And if anyone takes away from the words of this prophetic book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, written in this book.

Cities » Built » In desert places

2 Chronicles 8:4

He built Tadmor in the wilderness along with all the storage cities that he built in Hamath.

Psalm 107:35-36

He turns a desert into a pool of water, dry land into springs of water. He causes the hungry to settle there, and they establish a city where they can live.

Cities » Surrounded with walls

Deuteronomy 1:28

Where can we go? Our brothers have discouraged us, saying: The people are larger and taller than we are; the cities are large, fortified to the heavens. We also saw the descendants of the Anakim there.’

Deuteronomy 3:5

All these were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a large number of rural villages.

Cities » Difficulty of taking, alluded to

Jeremiah 1:18-19

Today, I am the One who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land-against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the population. They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you." [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.

Cities » Often insignificant

Genesis 19:20

Look, this town is close enough for me to run to. It is a small place. Please let me go there—it’s only a small place, isn’t it?—so that I can survive.”

Ecclesiastes 9:14

There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.

Cities » Often deserted on the approach of an enemy

Jeremiah 4:29

Every city flees
at the sound of the horseman and the archer.
They enter the thickets
and climb among the rocks.
Every city is abandoned;
no inhabitant is left.

1 Samuel 31:7

When the men of Israel on the other side of the valley and on the other side of the Jordan saw that Israel’s men had run away and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the cities and fled. So the Philistines came and settled in them.

Cities » Artificial mode of supplying water to

2 Kings 18:17

Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh, along with a massive army, from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They advanced and came to Jerusalem, and they took their position by the aqueduct of the upper pool, which is by the highway to the Fuller’s Field.

2 Kings 20:20

The rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign, along with all his might and how he made the pool and the tunnel and brought water into the city, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.

Cities » Were frequently » Pillaged

Isaiah 13:16

Their children will be smashed to death before their eyes;
their houses will be looted,
and their wives raped.

Jeremiah 20:5

I will give away all the wealth of this city, all its products and valuables. Indeed, I will hand all the treasures of the kings of Judah over to their enemies. They will plunder them, seize them, and carry them off to Babylon.

Cities » Built » Of stone and wood

Psalm 102:14

For Your servants take delight in its stones
and favor its dust.

Ezekiel 26:12

They will take your wealth as spoil and plunder your merchandise. They will also demolish your walls and tear down your beautiful homes. Then they will throw your stones, timber, and soil into the water.

Cities » Built » In plains

Genesis 11:2

As people migrated from the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Genesis 13:12

Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities of the valley and set up his tent near Sodom.

Cities » Different kinds of » Commercial

Isaiah 23:11

He stretched out His hand over the sea;
He made kingdoms tremble.
The Lord has commanded
that the Canaanite fortresses be destroyed.

Ezekiel 27:3

Say to Tyre, who is located at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coasts and islands: This is what the Lord God says:Tyre, you declared,
‘I am perfect in beauty.’

Cities » Were called after » The family of the founder

Genesis 4:17

Cain was intimate with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain became the builder of a city, and he named the city Enoch after his son.

Judges 18:29

They named the city Dan, after the name of their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel. The city was formerly named Laish.

Cities » Were frequently » Depopulated

Isaiah 17:9

On that day their strong cities will be
like the abandoned woods and mountaintops
that were abandoned because of the Israelites;
there will be desolation.

Ezekiel 26:19

For this is what the Lord God says: “When I make you a ruined city like other deserted cities, when I raise up the deep against you so that the mighty waters cover you,

Cities » Were frequently » Burned

Judges 20:38

The men of Israel had a prearranged signal with the men in ambush: when they sent up a great cloud of smoke from the city,

Judges 20:40

But when the column of smoke began to go up from the city, Benjamin looked behind them, and the whole city was going up in smoke.

Cities » Built » On solid foundations

Ezra 6:3

In the first year of King Cyrus, he issued a decree concerning the house of God in Jerusalem:Let the house be rebuilt as a place for offering sacrifices, and let its original foundations be retained. Its height is to be 90 feet and its width 90 feet,

Revelation 21:14

The city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations.

Cities » Figurative

Hebrews 12:22

Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering,

Cities » Different kinds of » Fenced

Joshua 10:20

So Joshua and the Israelites finished inflicting a terrible slaughter on them until they were destroyed, although a few survivors ran away to the fortified cities.

Isaiah 36:1

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.

Cities » Were frequently » Stormed

Joshua 8:3-7

So Joshua and the whole military force set out to attack Ai. Joshua selected 30,000 fighting men and sent them out at night. He commanded them: "Pay attention. Lie in ambush behind the city, not too far from it, and all of you be ready. Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. When they come out against us as they did the first time, we will flee from them. read more.
They will come after us until we have drawn them away from the city, for they will say, 'They are fleeing from us as before.' While we are fleeing from them, you are to come out of your ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God has handed it over to you.

Judges 9:44

Then Abimelech and the units that were with him rushed forward and took their stand at the entrance of the city gate. The other two units rushed against all who were in the countryside and struck them down.

Cities » Designated as » Merchant

Ezekiel 17:4

He plucked off its topmost shoot,
brought it to the land of merchants,
and set it in a city of traders.

Isaiah 23:11

He stretched out His hand over the sea;
He made kingdoms tremble.
The Lord has commanded
that the Canaanite fortresses be destroyed.

Ezekiel 27:3

Say to Tyre, who is located at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coasts and islands: This is what the Lord God says:Tyre, you declared,
‘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 injustice.

Cities » Often fortified by nature

Psalm 125:2

Jerusalem—the mountains surround her.
And the Lord surrounds His people,
both now and forever.

Isaiah 33:16

he will dwell on the heights;
his refuge will be the rocky fortresses,
his food provided, his water assured.

Cities » Designed for habitations

Psalm 107:7

He led them by the right path
to go to a city where they could live.

Psalm 107:36

He causes the hungry to settle there,
and they establish a city where they can live.

Cities » Sometimes had suburbs

Numbers 35:2

“Command the Israelites to give cities out of their hereditary property for the Levites to live in and pastureland around the cities.

Joshua 21:3

So the Israelites, by the Lord’s command, gave the Levites these cities with their pasturelands from their inheritance.

Cities » Built » In pleasant situations

2 Kings 2:19

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Even though our lord can see that the city’s location is good, the water is bad and the land unfruitful.”

Psalm 48:2

2 rising splendidly,
is the joy of the whole earth.
Mount Zion on the slopes of the north
is the city of the great King.

Cities » Built » Of brick and mortar

Exodus 1:14

and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them.

Exodus 1:11

So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by famine

Jeremiah 52:6

By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that the people of the land had no food.

Amos 4:6

I gave you absolutely nothing to eat
in all your cities,
a shortage of food in all your communities,
yet you did not return to Me.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Cities » Built » Beside rivers

Psalm 46:4

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.

Cities » Illustrative of » Visible church

Song of Songs 3:2-3

I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and the plazas. I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but did not find him. The guards who go about the city found me. "Have you seen the one I love?" [I asked them].

Cities » Furnished with stores

2 Chronicles 11:11-12

He strengthened their fortifications and put leaders in them with supplies of food, oil, and wine. He also put large shields and spears in each and every city to make them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.

Cities » Densely inhabited

Jonah 4:11

Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals?”

Nahum 3:8

Are you better than Thebes
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
the river her wall?

Cities » Government of, by rulers

Nehemiah 3:9

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

Nehemiah 3:12

Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs—he and his daughters.

Nehemiah 3:17-18

Next to him the Levites made repairs [under] Rehum son of Bani. Beside him Hashabiah, ruler over half the district of Keilah, made repairs for his district. After him their fellow [Levites] made repairs [under] Binnui son of Henadad, ruler over half the district of Keilah.

Nehemiah 7:2

Then I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, along with Hananiah, commander of the fortress, because he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.

Cities » Designated as » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

Solomon’s Horses and WealthSolomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 8:6

Baalath, all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, all the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and everything Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.

2 Chronicles 9:25

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

Cities » Suburbs of

Joshua 14:4

The descendants of Joseph became two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. No portion of the land was given to the Levites except cities to live in, along with pasturelands for their cattle and livestock.

Numbers 35:3-5

The cities will be for them to live in, and their pasturelands will be for their herds, flocks, and all their [other] animals. The pasturelands of the cities you are to give the Levites [will extend] from the city wall 500 yards on every side. Measure 1,000 yards outside the city for the east side, 1,000 yards for the south side, 1,000 yards for the west side, and 1,000 yards for the north side, with the city in the center. This will belong to them as pasturelands for the cities.

Cities » Different kinds of » Levitical

Leviticus 25:32-33

"Concerning the Levitical cities, the Levites always have the right to redeem houses in the cities they possess. Whatever [property] one of the Levites can redeem-a house sold in a city they possess-must be released at the Jubilee, because the houses in the Levitical cities are their possession among the Israelites.

Cities » Ancient

Genesis 4:17

Cain was intimate with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain became the builder of a city, and he named the city Enoch after his son.

Genesis 10:10-12

His kingdom started with Babylon, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen, between Nineveh and the great city Calah.

Cities » A great defence to a country

2 Chronicles 11:5

Rehoboam stayed in Jerusalem, and he fortified cities in Judah.

Cities » Built » Often of a square form

Revelation 21:16

The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal.

Cities » Afforded refuge in times of danger

Jeremiah 8:14-16

Why are we just sitting here? Gather together; let us enter the fortified cities and there suffer our fate, for the Lord our God has condemned us. He has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord. We hoped for peace, but there was nothing good; for a time of healing, but there was only terror. From Dan is heard the snorting of horses. At the sound of the neighing of mighty steeds, the whole land quakes. They come to devour the land and everything in it, the city and all its residents.

Cities » Often of great antiquity

Genesis 10:11-12

From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen, between Nineveh and the great city Calah.

Cities » Were called after » The country in which built

Daniel 4:29-30

At the end of 12 months, as he was walking on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon, the king exclaimed, "Is this not Babylon the Great that I have built by my vast power to be a royal residence and to display my majestic glory?"

Cities » Illustrative of » Riches

Cities » Were called after » The proprietor of the land

1 Kings 16:24

then he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for 150 pounds of silver, and he built up the hill. He named the city he built Samaria based on the name Shemer, the owner of the hill.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by pestilence

1 Samuel 5:11

The Ekronites called all the Philistine rulers together. They said, “Send the ark of Israel’s God away. It must return to its place so it won’t kill us and our people!” For the fear of death pervaded the city; God’s hand was oppressing them.

Cities » Illustrative of » Heavenly inheritance

Cities » Perishable nature of

Cities » Different kinds of » Refuge

Numbers 35:6

“The cities you give the Levites will include six cities of refuge, which you must provide so that the one who kills someone may flee there; in addition to these, give 42 other cities.

Cities » Illustrative of » Saints

Cities » Built » Of brick and slime

Genesis 11:3

They said to each other, “Come, let us make oven-fired bricks.” They used brick for stone and asphalt for mortar.

Cities » Often built to perpetuate a name

Cities » First mention of

Genesis 4:17

Cain was intimate with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain became the builder of a city, and he named the city Enoch after his son.

Cities » Different kinds of » Treasure

Exodus 1:11

So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.

Cities » Were frequently » Razed and sown with salt

Judges 9:45

So Abimelech fought against the city that entire day, captured it, and killed the people who were in it. Then he tore down the city and sowed it with salt.

Cities » Were frequently » Made heaps of ruins

Isaiah 25:2

For You have turned the city into a pile of rocks,
a fortified city, into ruins;
the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city;
it will never be rebuilt.

Cities » Built » With compactness

Psalm 122:3

Jerusalem, built as a city should be,
solidly joined together,

Cities » Often had citadels

Judges 9:51

There was a strong tower inside the city, and all the men, women, and lords of the city fled there. They locked themselves in and went up to the roof of the tower.

Cities » Inhabitants of, called citizens

Acts 21:39

Paul said, “I am a Jewish man from Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. Now I ask you, let me speak to the people.”

Cities » Town clerk of

Acts 19:35

However, when the city clerk had calmed the crowd down, he said, “Men of Ephesus! What man is there who doesn’t know that the city of the Ephesians is the temple guardian of the great Artemis, and of the image that fell from heaven?

Fortresses » Places used as » Cities

Nehemiah 4:2

before his colleagues and the powerful men of Samaria, and said, “What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore it by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?”

Judges 9:31

So he sent messengers secretly to Abimelech, saying, “Look, Gaal son of Ebed, with his brothers, have come to Shechem and are turning the city against you.

Foundation » Laid for » Cities

1 Kings 16:34

During his reign, Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho. At the cost of Abiram his firstborn, he laid its foundation, and at the cost of Segub his youngest, he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through Joshua son of Nun.

Joshua 6:26

At that time Joshua imposed this curse:The man who undertakes
the rebuilding of this city, Jericho,
is cursed before the Lord.
He will lay its foundation
at the cost of his firstborn;
he will set up its gates
at the cost of his youngest.

Gates » Made to » Cities

1 Kings 17:10

So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the city gate, there was a widow woman gathering wood. Elijah called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup and let me drink.”

Topics on Cities

Capturing Cities

2 Samuel 5:6-9

The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites had said to David: “You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you”; thinking, “David can’t get in here.”

Cities In Israel

Deuteronomy 3:4-6

We captured all his cities at that time. There wasn’t a city that we didn’t take from them: 60 cities, the entire region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Cities of refuge

Numbers 35:6-34

“The cities you give the Levites will include six cities of refuge, which you must provide so that the one who kills someone may flee there; in addition to these, give 42 other cities.

Cities of the plain

Genesis 13:10-12

Lot looked out and saw that the entire Jordan Valley as far as Zoar was well watered everywhere like the Lord’s garden and the land of Egypt. This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

Destruction Of Cities

Leviticus 26:31

I will reduce your cities to ruins and devastate your sanctuaries. I will not smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices.

Empty Cities

Joshua 8:17

Not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel, leaving the city exposed while they pursued Israel.

Entering Cities

2 Samuel 5:6

The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites had said to David: “You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you”; thinking, “David can’t get in here.”

Fortified Cities

Numbers 13:28

However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there.

Four Cities

Joshua 19:7

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

Rebuilding Named Cities

Joshua 6:26

At that time Joshua imposed this curse:The man who undertakes
the rebuilding of this city, Jericho,
is cursed before the Lord.
He will lay its foundation
at the cost of his firstborn;
he will set up its gates
at the cost of his youngest.

Three Cities

Numbers 35:14

Select three cities across the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan to be cities of refuge.

Two Cities

Jude 1:7

In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them committed sexual immorality and practiced perversions, just as angels did, and serve as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

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