I am aware that Sotah 27b and Rashi do not not regard these verses as self-contradictory, although they point to the apparent contradiction.
The verses in English:
The LORD spoke to Moses in the steppes of Moab at the Jordan near Jericho, saying: Instruct the Israelite people to assign, out of the holdings apportioned to them, towns for the Levites to dwell in; you shall assign to the Levites pasture land around their towns. The towns shall be theirs to dwell in, and the pasture shall be for the cattle they own and all their other beasts.
The town pasture that you are to assign to the Levites shall extend a thousand cubits outside the town wall all around. You shall measure off two thousand cubits outside the town on the east side, two thousand on the south side, two thousand on the west side, and two thousand on the north side, with the town in the centre. That shall be the pasture for their towns.
The apparent contradiction, alluded to in Sotah 27b and Rashi: the pasture area appears to be both 1,000 and 2,000 cubits beyond the city, in every direction, at the same time.
Can someone explain to me why these verses are not self-contradictory? Or is this a mystery in the Torah that we have yet to get to the bottom of?