'Town' in the Bible
He said, "Here, my lords, please turn aside to your servant's house. Stay the night and wash your feet. Then you can be on your way early in the morning." "No," they replied, "we'll spend the night in the town square."
Look, this town over here is close enough to escape to, and it's just a little one. Let me go there. It's just a little place, isn't it? Then I'll survive."
"Very well," he replied, "I will grant this request too and will not overthrow the town you mentioned.
Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there." (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.)
Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water.
He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz.
So when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent a messenger, and has brought us up out of Egypt. Now we are here in Kadesh, a town on the edge of your country.
The grazing lands around the towns that you will give to the Levites must extend to a distance of 500 yards from the town wall.
"You must measure from outside the wall of the town on the east 1,000 yards, and on the south side 1,000 yards, and on the west side 1,000 yards, and on the north side 1,000 yards, with the town in the middle. This territory must belong to them as grazing land for the towns.
The community must deliver the slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the community must restore him to the town of refuge to which he fled, and he must live there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the consecrated oil.
But if the slayer at any time goes outside the boundary of the town to which he had fled,
and the avenger of blood finds him outside the borders of the town of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the slayer, he will not be guilty of blood,
because the slayer should have stayed in his town of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest, the slayer may return to the land of his possessions.
And you must not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a town of refuge, to allow him to return home and live on his own land before the death of the high priest.
From Aroer, which is at the edge of Wadi Arnon (it is the city in the wadi), all the way to Gilead there was not a town able to resist us -- the Lord our God gave them all to us.
We captured all his cities at that time -- there was not a town we did not take from them -- sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the dominion of Og in Bashan.
But if the man does not want to marry his brother's widow, then she must go to the elders at the town gate and say, "My husband's brother refuses to preserve his brother's name in Israel; he is unwilling to perform the duty of a brother-in-law to me!"
The Gazites were told, "Samson has come here!" So they surrounded the town and hid all night at the city gate, waiting for him to leave. They relaxed all night, thinking, "He will not leave until morning comes; then we will kill him!"
This man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to find another place to live. He came to the Ephraimite hill country and made his way to Micah's house.
They stopped there and decided to spend the night in Gibeah. They came into the city and sat down in the town square, but no one invited them to spend the night.
But then an old man passed by, returning at the end of the day from his work in the field. The man was from the Ephraimite hill country; he was living temporarily in Gibeah. (The residents of the town were Benjaminites.)
When he looked up and saw the traveler in the town square, the old man said, "Where are you heading? Where do you come from?"
The old man said, "Everything is just fine! I will take care of all your needs. But don't spend the night in the town square."
She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much grain she had gathered. Then Ruth gave her the roasted grain she had saved from mealtime.
Then he said, "Hold out the shawl you are wearing and grip it tightly." As she held it tightly, he measured out about sixty pounds of barley into the shawl and put it on her shoulders. Then he went into town,
But the servant said to him, "Look, there is a man of God in this town. He is highly respected. Everything that he says really happens. Now let's go there. Perhaps he will tell us where we should go from here."
So Saul said to his servant, "That's a good idea! Come on. Let's go." So they went to the town where the man of God was.
As they were going up the ascent to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water. They said to them, "Is this where the seer is?"
They replied, "Yes, straight ahead! But hurry now, for he came to the town today, and the people are making a sacrifice at the high place.
When you enter the town, you can find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people won't eat until he arrives, for he must bless the sacrifice. Once that happens, those who have been invited will eat. Now go on up, for this is the time when you can find him!"
So they went up to the town. As they were heading for the middle of the town, Samuel was coming in their direction to go up to the high place.
When they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.
While they were going down to the edge of town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to go on ahead of us." So he did. Samuel then said, "You remain here awhile, so I can inform you of God's message."
Afterward you will go to Gibeah of God, where there are Philistine officials. When you enter the town, you will meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place. They will have harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres, and they will be prophesying.
Let our leaders take steps on behalf of all the assembly. Let all those in our towns who have married foreign women come at an appointed time, and with them the elders of each town and its judges, until the hot anger of our God is turned away from us in this matter."
The men of Tekoa worked on the section adjacent to them, but their town leaders would not assist with the work of their master.
hereby participate with their colleagues the town leaders and enter into a curse and an oath to adhere to the law of God which was given through Moses the servant of God, and to obey carefully all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, along with his ordinances and his statutes.
It scorns the tumult in the town; it does not hear the shouts of a driver.
"I will arise and look all around throughout the town, and throughout the streets and squares; I will search for my beloved." I searched for him but I did not find him.
I will reestablish honest judges as in former times, wise advisers as in earlier days. Then you will be called, 'The Just City, Faithful Town.'"
In their streets they wear sackcloth; on their roofs and in their town squares all of them wail, they fall down weeping.
The noisy city is full of raucous sounds; the town is filled with revelry. Your slain were not cut down by the sword; they did not die in battle.
The ruined town is shattered; all of the houses are shut up tight.
Indeed, you have made the city into a heap of rubble, the fortified town into a heap of ruins; the fortress of foreigners is no longer a city, it will never be rebuilt.
Indeed, the Lord knocks down those who live in a high place, he brings down an elevated town; he brings it down to the ground, he throws it down to the dust.
Ariel is as good as dead -- Ariel, the town David besieged! Keep observing your annual rituals, celebrate your festivals on schedule.
"Come back to me, my wayward sons," says the Lord, "for I am your true master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion.
At the sound of the approaching horsemen and archers the people of every town will flee. Some of them will hide in the thickets. Others will climb up among the rocks. All the cities will be deserted. No one will remain in them.
The Lord continued, "In every town in the land I will purge them like straw blown away by the wind. I will destroy my people. I will kill off their children. I will do so because they did not change their behavior.
The destroyer will come against every town. Not one town will escape. The towns in the valley will be destroyed. The cities on the high plain will be laid waste. I, the Lord, have spoken!
I will weep for the grapevines of Sibmah just like the town of Jazer weeps over them. Their branches once spread as far as the Dead Sea. They reached as far as the town of Jazer. The destroyer will ravage her fig, date, and grape crops.
(Kaf) My eyes are worn out from weeping; my stomach is in knots. My heart is poured out on the ground due to the destruction of my helpless people; children and infants faint in the town squares.
The sovereign Lord says this: "The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out with a hundred soldiers will have only ten left for the family of Israel."
The one who builds a city by bloodshed is as good as dead -- he who starts a town by unjust deeds.
He came to a town called Nazareth and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.
The herdsmen ran off, went into the town, and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men.
Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town.
Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: "Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town.
Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave.
And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off your feet as you leave that house or that town.
I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town!
Now when Jesus realized what they were thinking, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand.
"For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town,
The whole town gathered by the door.
But as the man went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still they kept coming to him from everywhere.
Now the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah,
Everyone went to his own town to be registered.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David.
So when Joseph and Mary had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
They got up, forced him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
So he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people.
Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.
As he approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her.
Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil.
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, he spoke to them in a parable:
As Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man from the town met him who was possessed by demons. For a long time this man had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among the tombs.
When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside.
"Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.
Wherever they do not receive you, as you leave that town, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."
When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town and place where he himself was about to go.
Whenever you enter a town and the people welcome you, eat what is set before you.
Heal the sick in that town and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come upon you!'
But whenever you enter a town and the people do not welcome you, go into its streets and say,
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.'
I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town!
(He had not consented to their plan and action.) He was from the Judean town of Arimathea, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God.
(Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.)
Now he came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
(For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.)
Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people,
So they left the town and began coming to him.
Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I ever did."
Thus Jesus no longer went around publicly among the Judeans, but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.
For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath."
After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord to see how they are doing."
except that the Holy Spirit warns me in town after town that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me.