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28 Bible Verses about Cities

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Leviticus 25:29-31

And if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it. And if it is not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to the one that bought it for his descendants; it shall not go out in the jubilee. But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country; they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubilee.

Deuteronomy 3:5

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

Genesis 4:17

And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

Acts 9:24

but their ambushes were understood by Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

2 Kings 7:10

So they came and called unto the porter of the city, and they told them, saying, We went to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied and asses tied, and the tents as they were.

Nehemiah 13:19

And it came to pass, that when shadow came to the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut and charged that they should not be opened until after the sabbath; and I set some of my servants at the gates, that no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.

Genesis 23:10

This Ephron dwelt among the sons of Heth; and Ephron, the Hittite, answered Abraham in the audience of the sons of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,

Genesis 13:13

But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Jonah 3:5-10

So the people of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he threw his robe from him and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing; let them not feed, nor drink water:read more.
but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily unto God; and let each one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent and turn away from his fierce anger, that we not perish? And God saw their works, because they turned from their evil way, and he repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did not do it.

Matthew 11:23

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to Hades, for if the mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in those of Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Acts 17:16

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him when he saw the city completely given over to idolatry.

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Cities » General references to

2 Kings 13:25

And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz, his father, by war. Three times did Joash smite him, and he recovered the cities of Israel.

Numbers 13:28

Nevertheless the people are strong that dwell in that land, and the cities are very great and strong; and moreover we saw the sons of Anak there.

Genesis 18:24

Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are in it?

Genesis 41:48

And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt and laid up the food in the cities, placing in each city the food of the field, which was round about.

Cities » Of refuge

Joshua 20:9

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

Exodus 21:13

And if a man did not lie in wait but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint thee a place where he shall flee.

Numbers 35:6

And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint so that the manslayer may flee there; and in addition to them ye shall give them forty-two cities.

Deuteronomy 4:42

that the manslayer might flee there, who should kill his neighbour unawares and hated him not in times past and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:

Deuteronomy 19:3

Thou shalt prepare thee a way and divide the borders of thy land, which the LORD thy God gives thee to inherit, into three parts, so that every manslayer may flee there.

Cities » Fortified

Joshua 14:12

Now, therefore, give me this mountain, of which the LORD spoke in that day; for thou didst hear in that day how the Anakims were there and that the cities were great and strong; peradventure, the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out, as the LORD said.

Joshua 10:20

And it came to pass when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter until they were consumed, that those who remained of them entered into strong cities.

Numbers 32:36

and Bethnimrah and Bethharan, fenced cities, and also folds for sheep.

2 Chronicles 8:5

Likewise, he rebuilt Bethhoron the upper and Bethhoron the lower, fenced cities with walls, gates, and bars;

2 Chronicles 21:3

And their father had given them great gifts of silver and of gold and of precious things, with fenced 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 spoke and said, Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the glory of my greatness?

Deuteronomy 6:10

And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give it unto thee: great and goodly cities, which thou didst not build,

Genesis 10:12

and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; the same is a great city.

Jonah 3:3

So Jonah arose and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

Cities » Designated as » Treasure

2 Chronicles 16:4

And Benhadad hearkened unto King Asa and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they smote Ijon and Dan and Abelmaim and all the store cities of Naphtali.

Exodus 1:11

Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built the supply cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses.

2 Chronicles 17:12

And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles and cities of store.

1 Kings 9:19

likewise all the cities of store that Solomon had and cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem and in Lebanon and in all the land of his dominion.

Genesis 41:48

And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt and laid up the food in the cities, placing in each city the food of the field, which was round about.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 8:4

Cities » Protected at night by watchmen

Song of Songs 5:7

The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my outer cloak from me.

Isaiah 21:11

The burden of Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of this night? Watchman, what of this night?

Cities » Numerous

Joshua 15:21

And these were the cities in the border of the tribe of the sons of Judah towards the border of Edom towards the Negev: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,

1 Chronicles 2:22

And Segub begat Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead.

Jeremiah 2:28

But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? Let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble, for according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah.

Cities » Entered through gates

Nehemiah 13:19

And it came to pass, that when shadow came to the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut and charged that they should not be opened until after the sabbath; and I set some of my servants at the gates, that no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.

Genesis 34:24

And unto Hamor and unto Shechem, his son, hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

Nehemiah 13:22

And I told the Levites that they should cleanse themselves and that they should come and guard the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

Cities » Different kinds of » Royal

Numbers 21:26

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

Joshua 10:2

they feared greatly because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.

2 Samuel 12:26

And Joab fought against Rabbah, of the sons of Ammon, and took the royal city.

Cities » Built » On hills

Luke 4:29

and rose up and thrust him out of the city and led him unto the brow of the hill upon which their city was built that they might cast him down headlong.

Revelation 17:9

And here is the meaning which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

Cities » Arranged in streets and lanes

Numbers 22:39

And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth.

Luke 14:21

So that slave came and showed his lord these things. Then the husband of the house, being angry, said to his slave, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the halt and the blind.

Cities » Often fortified by art

2 Chronicles 11:5-10

And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem and built cities for defence in Judah. He built Bethlehem and Etam and Tekoa and Bethzur and Shoco and Adullam read more.
and Gath and Mareshah and Ziph and Adoraim and Lachish and Azekah and Zorah and Aijalon and Hebron which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities.

2 Chronicles 11:23

And he caused him to be instructed and dispersed of all his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city; and he gave them provisions in abundance. And he desired many wives.

Cities » Designated as » Royal

1 Chronicles 11:7

And David dwelt in the fortress; therefore, they called it the city of David.

Joshua 10:2

they feared greatly because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.

2 Samuel 12:26

And Joab fought against Rabbah, of the sons of Ammon, and took the royal city.

1 Samuel 27:5

And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let me be given a place in one of the cities of the land that I may dwell there, for why should thy slave dwell in the royal city with thee?

Cities » Under governors

2 Corinthians 11:32

In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me;

2 Chronicles 33:14

Now after this he built the wall outside the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, and at the entrance of the fish gate, and fenced Ophel and raised it up to a very great height and put captains of the army in all the fenced cities of Judah.

Cities » Infested by dogs

1 Kings 14:11

The one that dies of those of Jeroboam in the city, the dogs shall eat, and the one that dies in the field, the fowls of the air shall eat; for the LORD has spoken it.

Psalm 59:6

They will return at evening; they will bark like dogs and go round about outside the city.

Psalm 59:14

And at evening let them return and let them bark like dogs and go round about outside the city.

Cities » Garrisoned in war

2 Chronicles 17:2

And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and likewise in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa, his father had taken.

2 Chronicles 17:19

These were servants of the king, besides those whom the king had put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.

Cities » Different kinds of » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen, and he had a thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 9:25

And Solomon also had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

Cities » Provided with judges

Deuteronomy 16:18

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all the gates of thy cities, which the LORD thy God shall give thee throughout thy tribes, and they shall judge the people with just (and righteous) judgment.

2 Chronicles 19:5

And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,

Cities » Were frequently » Besieged

Deuteronomy 28:52

And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates until thy high and fenced walls come down, in which thou dost trust, throughout all thy land; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God has given thee.

2 Kings 19:24-25

I have dug and drunk the waters of others, and with the sole of my feet I have dried up all the rivers of defended places. Hast thou never heard that from a long time ago I made her, and from ancient times I have formed her? Now I have made her come, and it shall be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

Cities » Prosperity of, increased by commerce

Genesis 49:13

Zebulun shall dwell at the port of the sea; and he shall be for a port of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

Deuteronomy 33:18-19

And to Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and thou, Issachar, in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness; therefore they shall suck the abundance of the seas and hidden treasures of the sand.

Cities » Different kinds of » Store

2 Chronicles 8:6

and Baalath and all the store cities that Solomon had and all the chariot cities and the cities of the horsemen and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem and in Lebanon and throughout all the land of his dominion.

2 Chronicles 8:4

And he built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the store cities, which he built in the wilderness.

Cities » Illustrative of » The apostacy

Revelation 16:10

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the throne of the beast; and its kingdom was filled with darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

Revelation 17:18

And the woman which thou hast seen is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.

Cities » Illustrative of » Church triumphant

Revelation 22:19

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

Cities » Built » In desert places

2 Chronicles 8:4

And he built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the store cities, which he built in the wilderness.

Psalm 107:35-36

He turns the wilderness into reservoirs of water and dry ground into watersprings. And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation

Cities » Surrounded with walls

Deuteronomy 1:28

Where shall we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, This people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.

Deuteronomy 3:5

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

Cities » Difficulty of taking, alluded to

Jeremiah 1:18-19

For, behold, I have made thee this day as a defenced city and as an iron pillar and as a wall of brass upon all the earth against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

Cities » Often insignificant

Genesis 19:20

Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one; Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

Ecclesiastes 9:14

There was a little city and few men within it; and a great king came against it and besieged it and built great bulwarks against it;

Cities » Often deserted on the approach of an enemy

Jeremiah 4:29

The whole city fled from the thunder of the horsemen and bowmen; they went into the thickets of the forests and climbed up upon the rocks; every city was forsaken, and not a man dwells therein.

1 Samuel 31:7

And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley and those that were on the other side of the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

Cities » Artificial mode of supplying water to

2 Kings 18:17

And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the washer's field.

2 Kings 20:20

The rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made a pool and a 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 children shall also be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.

Jeremiah 20:5

Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city and all its labours and all its precious things and all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who shall spoil them and take them and carry them to Babylon.

Cities » Built » Of stone and wood

Psalm 102:14

For thy slaves love her stones and have compassion on the dust thereof.

Ezekiel 26:12

And they shall steal thy riches and make a spoil of thy merchandise; and they shall ruin thy walls and destroy thy precious houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the waters.

Cities » Built » In plains

Genesis 11:2

And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Genesis 13:12

Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tents toward Sodom.

Cities » Different kinds of » Commercial

Isaiah 23:11

He stretched out his hand over the sea; he shook the kingdoms; the LORD commanded upon Canaan that her strength should be weakened.

Ezekiel 27:3

And say unto Tyre, O thou that dwelleth at the ports of the sea, who art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus hath the Lord GOD said; O Tyre, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.

Cities » Were called after » The family of the founder

Genesis 4:17

And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

Judges 18:29

And they called the name of the city Dan after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel; however, the name of the city was Laish at the first.

Cities » Were frequently » Depopulated

Isaiah 17:9

In that day the cities of his strength shall be as the gleanings which remain on the shoots and on the branches, which were left of the sons of Israel; and there shall be desolation.

Ezekiel 26:19

For thus hath the Lord GOD said: I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; I shall cause the abyss to come up over thee and the many waters shall cover thee.

Cities » Were frequently » Burned

Judges 20:38

Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men of the ambushes that they should make a great signal by causing much smoke to rise up out of the city.

Judges 20:40

But when the signal began to arise up out of the city, a pillar of smoke, those of Benjamin looked behind them, and, behold, the whole consumption of the city ascended up to heaven.

Cities » Built » On solid foundations

Ezra 6:3

In the first year of Cyrus, the king, the same Cyrus, the king, gave a commandment concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, that the house be built as a place for sacrifices to be offered, and let the walls thereof be covered; the height thereof sixty cubits, and the breadth thereof sixty cubits;

Revelation 21:14

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Cities » Figurative

Cities » Different kinds of » Fenced

Joshua 10:20

And it came to pass when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter until they were consumed, that those who remained of them entered into strong cities.

Isaiah 36:1

Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah and took them.

Cities » Were frequently » Stormed

Joshua 8:3-7

So Joshua arose and all the people of war, to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour and sent them away by night. And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city; do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready. And I and all the people that are with me, will approach the city; and when they come out against us, as at the first, we will flee before them read more.
(for they will come out after us) until we have raptured them out of the city; for they will say, They flee before us as at the first. Therefore, we will flee before them. Then ye shall rise up from the ambush and take possession of the city; for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.

Judges 9:44

And Abimelech and the company that was with him rushed forward and stood in the entering of the gate of the city, and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields and slew them.

Cities » Designated as » Merchant

Ezekiel 17:4

he cropped off the principal shoot and carried it into a land of markets; he set it in the city of the merchants.

Isaiah 23:11

He stretched out his hand over the sea; he shook the kingdoms; the LORD commanded upon Canaan that her strength should be weakened.

Ezekiel 27:3

And say unto Tyre, O thou that dwelleth at the ports of the sea, who art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus hath the Lord GOD said; O Tyre, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.

Cities » Often founded and enlarged by blood and rapine

Micah 3:10

that build up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity;

Cities » Often fortified by nature

Psalm 125:2

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from now on even for ever.

Isaiah 33:16

he shall dwell upon the high places: fortresses of rocks shall be his place of refuge: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

Cities » Designed for habitations

Psalm 107:7

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Psalm 107:36

And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation

Cities » Sometimes had suburbs

Numbers 35:2

Command the sons of Israel that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in, and ye shall give also unto the Levites the suburbs of those cities round about them.

Joshua 21:3

Then the sons of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their possessions, according to the word of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.

Cities » Built » In pleasant situations

2 Kings 2:19

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, the seat of this city is good, as my lord sees, but the water is evil, and the ground barren.

Psalm 48:2

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Cities » Built » Of brick and mortar

Exodus 1:14

and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, making mortar and brick and in all manner of service in the field; all their service, in which they made them serve, was with rigor.

Exodus 1:11

Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built the supply cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by famine

Jeremiah 52:6

And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine prevailed in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Amos 4:6

I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities and want of bread in all your places: yet ye have not returned unto me, said the LORD.

Cities » Built » Beside rivers

Psalm 46:4

There is a river, the streams of which shall make glad the city of God, the sanctuary of the tents of the most High.

Cities » Illustrative of » Visible church

Song of Songs 3:2-3

I will rise now and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen that go about the city found me, to whom I said, Have ye seen him whom my soul loves?

Cities » Furnished with stores

2 Chronicles 11:11-12

And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them and provisions and wine and oil; and in all the cities he put shields and spears. He fortified them greatly, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

Cities » Densely inhabited

Jonah 4:11

And shall I not spare Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred twenty thousand persons, that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and many animals?

Nahum 3:8

Art thou better than populous No that was situated among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Cities » Government of, by rulers

Nehemiah 3:9

And next unto them Rephaiah, the son of Hur, prince of the half part of Jerusalem, restored.

Nehemiah 3:12

And next to them restored Shallum, the son of Halohesh, prince of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

Nehemiah 3:17-18

After him restored the Levites, Rehum, the son of Bani. Next unto him Hashabiah, prince of half the region of Keilah, restored in his part. After him their brethren, Bavai, the son of Henadad, prince of the half the region of Keilah restored.

Nehemiah 7:2

that I commanded my brother Hanani, and Hananiah, the prince of the palace in Jerusalem (for he was as a man of truth and feared God above many);

Cities » Designated as » Chariot

2 Chronicles 1:14

And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen, and he had a thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 8:6

and Baalath and all the store cities that Solomon had and all the chariot cities and the cities of the horsemen and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem and in Lebanon and throughout all the land of his dominion.

2 Chronicles 9:25

And Solomon also had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

Cities » Suburbs of

Joshua 14:4

For the sons of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, and they gave no part unto the Levites in the land except cities to dwell in with their suburbs for their livestock and for their substance.

Numbers 35:3-5

And they shall have the cities to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their animals and for their substance and for all their beasts. And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about. Then ye shall measure from outside the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the side of the Negev two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.

Cities » Different kinds of » Levitical

Leviticus 25:32-33

Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites and the houses of the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem at any time. And if a man makes a purchase from the Levites, then the house that was sold and the city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubilee; for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel.

Cities » Ancient

Genesis 4:17

And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

Genesis 10:10-12

And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, who built Nineveh and the city Rehoboth and Calah and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; the same is a great city.

Cities » A great defence to a country

2 Chronicles 11:5

And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem and built cities for defence in Judah.

Cities » Built » Often of a square form

Revelation 21:16

And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth; and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs; and the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Cities » Afforded refuge in times of danger

Jeremiah 8:14-16

Upon what shall we secure ourselves? Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God has put us to silence and given us water of gall to drink because we have sinned against the LORD. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan; the whole earth trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come and have devoured the land and all that is in it, the city and those that dwell therein.

Cities » Often of great antiquity

Genesis 10:11-12

Out of that land went forth Asshur, who built Nineveh and the city Rehoboth and Calah and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; the same is a great city.

Cities » Were called after » The country in which built

Daniel 4:29-30

At the end of twelve months as he was walking upon the palace of the kingdom of Babylon, the king spoke and said, Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the glory of my greatness?

Cities » Illustrative of » Riches

Cities » Were called after » The proprietor of the land

1 Kings 16:24

And he bought the mountain of Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver and built on the mount and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, lord of the hill, Samaria.

Cities » Were frequently » Wasted by pestilence

1 Samuel 5:11

So they sent and gathered together all the cardinals of the Philistines and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it not kill me and my people, for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city, and the hand of God had become very heavy there.

Cities » Illustrative of » Heavenly inheritance

Cities » Perishable nature of

Cities » Different kinds of » Refuge

Numbers 35:6

And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint so that the manslayer may flee there; and in addition to them ye shall give them forty-two cities.

Cities » Illustrative of » Saints

Cities » Built » Of brick and slime

Genesis 11:3

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick instead of stone and slime instead of mortar.

Cities » Often built to perpetuate a name

Cities » First mention of

Genesis 4:17

And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

Cities » Different kinds of » Treasure

Exodus 1:11

Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built the supply cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses.

Cities » Were frequently » Razed and sown with salt

Judges 9:45

And Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he took the city and slew the people that were therein and beat down the city and sowed it with salt.

Cities » Were frequently » Made heaps of ruins

Isaiah 25:2

That thou hast turned the city into a heap; the defenced city into a ruin: the palace of strangers to not be a city; it shall never be rebuilt.

Cities » Built » With compactness

Psalm 122:3

Jerusalem, that one which is built as a city that is well united together

Cities » Often had citadels

Judges 9:51

But in the midst of the city there was a strong tower, and all the men and women fled there, and all those of the city, and shutting the doors behind them, they climbed up to the top of the tower.

Cities » Inhabitants of, called citizens

Acts 21:39

But Paul said, I am certainly a Jew, a citizen of Tarsus, a city known in Cilicia; and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

Cities » Town clerk of

Acts 19:35

Then the town scribe, appeasing the people, said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that does not know how the city of the Ephesians is honored of the great goddess Diana and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?

Fortresses » Places used as » Cities

Nehemiah 4:2

And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria and said, What are these feeble Jews doing? Is this to be permitted them? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish on time? Will they resurrect the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which were burned?

Judges 9:31

And he sent messengers unto Abimelech astutely, saying, Behold, Gaal, the son of Ebed, and his brethren have come to Shechem; and, behold, they have fortified the city against thee.

Foundation » Laid for » Cities

1 Kings 16:34

In his time Hiel, the Bethelite, rebuilt Jericho. He laid the foundation thereof in Abiram, his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he had spoken by Joshua the son of Nun.

Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD that rises up and builds this city Jericho. He shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

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, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks; and he called to her and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

Topics on Cities

Burning Cities

Genesis 19:24

Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of the heavens;

Capturing Cities

2 Samuel 5:6-9

Then the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, who dwelt in the land, who spoke unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in here, thinking, David cannot come in here.

Cities In Israel

Deuteronomy 3:4-6

And we took 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, of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Cities of refuge

Numbers 35:6-34

And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint so that the manslayer may flee there; and in addition to them ye shall give them forty-two cities.

Cities of the plain

Genesis 13:10-12

And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of the Jordan that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as a garden of the LORD like the land of Egypt as thou comest unto Zoar.

Destruction Of Cities

Leviticus 26:31

And I will make your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the aroma of your suave incense.

Empty Cities

Joshua 8:17

And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel that did not go out after Israel; and because they pursued after Israel, they left the city open.

Entering Cities

2 Samuel 5:6

Then the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, who dwelt in the land, who spoke unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in here, thinking, David cannot come in here.

Fortified Cities

Numbers 13:28

Nevertheless the people are strong that dwell in that land, and the cities are very great and strong; and moreover we saw the sons of Anak there.

Four Cities

Joshua 19:7

Ain, Remmon, Ether, and Ashan: four cities and their villages,

Rebuilding Named Cities

Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD that rises up and builds this city Jericho. He shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

Three Cities

Numbers 35:14

Ye shall give three cities on this side of the Jordan and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.

Two Cities

Jude 1:7

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh, were set forth for an example, having received the judgment of eternal fire.