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Allotment for Judah(A)
2 Their southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Dead Sea,(E) 3 crossed south of Scorpion Pass,(F) continued on to Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea.(G) Then it ran past Hezron up to Addar and curved around to Karka. 4 It then passed along to Azmon(H) and joined the Wadi of Egypt,(I) ending at the Mediterranean Sea. This is their[a] southern boundary.
The northern boundary(L) started from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan, 6 went up to Beth Hoglah(M) and continued north of Beth Arabah(N) to the Stone of Bohan(O) son of Reuben. 7 The boundary then went up to Debir(P) from the Valley of Achor(Q) and turned north to Gilgal,(R) which faces the Pass of Adummim south of the gorge. It continued along to the waters of En Shemesh(S) and came out at En Rogel.(T) 8 Then it ran up the Valley of Ben Hinnom(U) along the southern slope of the Jebusite(V) city (that is, Jerusalem(W)). From there it climbed to the top of the hill west of the Hinnom Valley(X) at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim.(Y) 9 From the hilltop the boundary headed toward the spring of the waters of Nephtoah,(Z) came out at the towns of Mount Ephron and went down toward Baalah(AA) (that is, Kiriath Jearim).(AB) 10 Then it curved westward from Baalah(AC) to Mount Seir,(AD) ran along the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Kesalon), continued down to Beth Shemesh(AE) and crossed to Timnah.(AF) 11 It went to the northern slope of Ekron,(AG) turned toward Shikkeron, passed along to Mount Baalah(AH) and reached Jabneel.(AI) The boundary ended at the sea.
12 The western boundary is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.(AJ)
These are the boundaries around the people of Judah by their clans.
13 In accordance with the Lord’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb(AK) son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah—Kiriath Arba(AL), that is, Hebron.(AM) (Arba was the forefather of Anak.)(AN) 14 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites(AO)—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai,(AP) the sons of Anak.(AQ) 15 From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 16 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah(AR) in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 17 Othniel(AS) son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.
18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him[b] to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”
20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah, according to its clans:
21 The southernmost towns of the tribe of Judah in the Negev(AV) toward the boundary of Edom were:
Kabzeel,(AW) Eder,(AX) Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh,(AY) Hazor,(AZ) Ithnan, 24 Ziph,(BA) Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (that is, Hazor),(BB) 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah,(BC) 27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 28 Hazar Shual,(BD) Beersheba,(BE) Biziothiah, 29 Baalah,(BF) Iyim, Ezem,(BG) 30 Eltolad,(BH) Kesil, Hormah,(BI) 31 Ziklag,(BJ) Madmannah,(BK) Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain(BL) and Rimmon(BM)—a total of twenty-nine towns and their villages.
33 In the western foothills:
Eshtaol,(BN) Zorah,(BO) Ashnah,(BP) 34 Zanoah,(BQ) En Gannim,(BR) Tappuah,(BS) Enam, 35 Jarmuth,(BT) Adullam,(BU) Sokoh,(BV) Azekah,(BW) 36 Shaaraim,(BX) Adithaim and Gederah(BY) (or Gederothaim)[c]—fourteen towns and their villages.
37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpah,(BZ) Joktheel,(CA) 39 Lachish,(CB) Bozkath,(CC) Eglon,(CD) 40 Kabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish, 41 Gederoth,(CE) Beth Dagon,(CF) Naamah and Makkedah(CG)—sixteen towns and their villages.
45 Ekron,(CN) with its surrounding settlements and villages; 46 west of Ekron, all that were in the vicinity of Ashdod,(CO) together with their villages; 47 Ashdod,(CP) its surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt(CQ) and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.(CR)
48 In the hill country:
61 In the wilderness:(DQ)
Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh
16 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert(DX) into the hill country of Bethel.(DY) 2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz(DZ)),[e] crossed over to the territory of the Arkites(EA) in Ataroth,(EB) 3 descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon(EC) and on to Gezer,(ED) ending at the Mediterranean Sea.
4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.(EE)
5 This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans:
The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar(EF) in the east to Upper Beth Horon(EG) 6 and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath(EH) on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah(EI) on the east. 7 Then it went down from Janoah(EJ) to Ataroth(EK) and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan. 8 From Tappuah(EL) the border went west to the Kanah Ravine(EM) and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans. 9 It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites.(EN)
10 They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.(EO)
17 This was the allotment for the tribe of Manasseh(EP) as Joseph’s firstborn,(EQ) that is, for Makir,(ER) Manasseh’s firstborn. Makir was the ancestor of the Gileadites, who had received Gilead(ES) and Bashan(ET) because the Makirites were great soldiers. 2 So this allotment was for the rest of the people of Manasseh(EU)—the clans of Abiezer,(EV) Helek, Asriel,(EW) Shechem, Hepher(EX) and Shemida.(EY) These are the other male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph by their clans.
3 Now Zelophehad son of Hepher,(EZ) the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters,(FA) whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. 4 They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.” So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the Lord’s command.(FB) 5 Manasseh’s share consisted of ten tracts of land besides Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan,(FC) 6 because the daughters of the tribe of Manasseh received an inheritance among the sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the descendants of Manasseh.
7 The territory of Manasseh extended from Asher(FD) to Mikmethath(FE) east of Shechem.(FF) The boundary ran southward from there to include the people living at En Tappuah. 8 (Manasseh had the land of Tappuah, but Tappuah(FG) itself, on the boundary of Manasseh, belonged to the Ephraimites.) 9 Then the boundary continued south to the Kanah Ravine.(FH) There were towns belonging to Ephraim lying among the towns of Manasseh, but the boundary of Manasseh was the northern side of the ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. 10 On the south the land belonged to Ephraim, on the north to Manasseh. The territory of Manasseh reached the Mediterranean Sea and bordered Asher(FI) on the north and Issachar(FJ) on the east.(FK)
11 Within Issachar(FL) and Asher, Manasseh also had Beth Shan,(FM) Ibleam(FN) and the people of Dor,(FO) Endor,(FP) Taanach(FQ) and Megiddo,(FR) together with their surrounding settlements (the third in the list is Naphoth[f]).(FS)
12 Yet the Manassites were not able(FT) to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. 13 However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely.(FU)
14 The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”(FV)
15 “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest(FW) and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites(FX) and Rephaites.(FY)”
16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron,(FZ) both those in Beth Shan(GA) and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”(GB)
17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment(GC) 18 but the forested hill country(GD) as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron(GE) and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”
Division of the Rest of the Land
18 The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh(GF) and set up the tent of meeting(GG) there. The country was brought under their control, 2 but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance.
3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? 4 Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it,(GH) according to the inheritance of each.(GI) Then they will return to me. 5 You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south(GJ) and the tribes of Joseph in their territory on the north.(GK) 6 After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots(GL) for you in the presence of the Lord our God. 7 The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the Lord is their inheritance.(GM) And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the Lord gave it to them.(GN)”
8 As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it.(GO) Then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here at Shiloh(GP) in the presence of the Lord.” 9 So the men left and went through the land. They wrote its description on a scroll, town by town, in seven parts, and returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh. 10 Joshua then cast lots(GQ) for them in Shiloh in the presence(GR) of the Lord, and there he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their tribal divisions.(GS)
Allotment for Benjamin
11 The first lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin according to its clans. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph:
12 On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the wilderness(GT) of Beth Aven.(GU) 13 From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz(GV) (that is, Bethel(GW)) and went down to Ataroth Addar(GX) on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.
14 From the hill facing Beth Horon(GY) on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim),(GZ) a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side.
15 The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah.(HA) 16 The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim.(HB) It continued down the Hinnom Valley(HC) along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel.(HD) 17 It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth,(HE) which faces the Pass of Adummim,(HF) and ran down to the Stone of Bohan(HG) son of Reuben. 18 It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabah[g](HH) and on down into the Arabah.(HI) 19 It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah(HJ) and came out at the northern bay of the Dead Sea,(HK) at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary.
20 The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side.
These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides.(HL)
21 The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns:
25 Gibeon,(HT) Ramah,(HU) Beeroth,(HV) 26 Mizpah,(HW) Kephirah,(HX) Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah,(HY) Haeleph, the Jebusite city(HZ) (that is, Jerusalem(IA)), Gibeah(IB) and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages.(IC)
This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.(ID)
Allotment for Simeon(IE)
19 The second lot came out for the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. Their inheritance lay within the territory of Judah.(IF) 2 It included:
Beersheba(IG) (or Sheba),[h] Moladah,(IH) 3 Hazar Shual,(II) Balah, Ezem,(IJ) 4 Eltolad,(IK) Bethul, Hormah,(IL) 5 Ziklag,(IM) Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susah, 6 Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhen—thirteen towns and their villages;
This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Simeonites, according to its clans. 9 The inheritance of the Simeonites was taken from the share of Judah,(IQ) because Judah’s portion was more than they needed. So the Simeonites received their inheritance within the territory of Judah.(IR)
Allotment for Zebulun
10 The third lot came up for Zebulun(IS) according to its clans:
The boundary of their inheritance went as far as Sarid.(IT) 11 Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam.(IU) 12 It turned east from Sarid(IV) toward the sunrise to the territory of Kisloth Tabor and went on to Daberath(IW) and up to Japhia. 13 Then it continued eastward to Gath Hepher(IX) and Eth Kazin; it came out at Rimmon(IY) and turned toward Neah. 14 There the boundary went around on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El.(IZ) 15 Included were Kattath, Nahalal,(JA) Shimron,(JB) Idalah and Bethlehem.(JC) There were twelve towns and their villages.
Allotment for Issachar
17 The fourth lot came out for Issachar(JF) according to its clans. 18 Their territory included:
Jezreel,(JG) Kesulloth, Shunem,(JH) 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion,(JI) Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim,(JJ) En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 22 The boundary touched Tabor,(JK) Shahazumah and Beth Shemesh,(JL) and ended at the Jordan. There were sixteen towns and their villages.
Allotment for Asher
24 The fifth lot came out for the tribe of Asher(JO) according to its clans. 25 Their territory included:
Helkath, Hali, Beten, Akshaph,(JP) 26 Allammelek, Amad and Mishal.(JQ) On the west the boundary touched Carmel(JR) and Shihor Libnath. 27 It then turned east toward Beth Dagon,(JS) touched Zebulun(JT) and the Valley of Iphtah El,(JU) and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, passing Kabul(JV) on the left. 28 It went to Abdon,[i](JW) Rehob,(JX) Hammon(JY) and Kanah,(JZ) as far as Greater Sidon.(KA) 29 The boundary then turned back toward Ramah(KB) and went to the fortified city of Tyre,(KC) turned toward Hosah and came out at the Mediterranean Sea(KD) in the region of Akzib,(KE) 30 Ummah, Aphek(KF) and Rehob.(KG) There were twenty-two towns and their villages.
31 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher,(KH) according to its clans.
Allotment for Naphtali
32 The sixth lot came out for Naphtali according to its clans:
33 Their boundary went from Heleph and the large tree in Zaanannim,(KI) passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel(KJ) to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan. 34 The boundary ran west through Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok.(KK) It touched Zebulun(KL) on the south, Asher on the west and the Jordan[j] on the east. 35 The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath,(KM) Rakkath, Kinnereth,(KN) 36 Adamah, Ramah,(KO) Hazor,(KP) 37 Kedesh,(KQ) Edrei,(KR) En Hazor, 38 Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath(KS) and Beth Shemesh.(KT) There were nineteen towns and their villages.
39 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, according to its clans.(KU)
Allotment for Dan
40 The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans. 41 The territory of their inheritance included:
Zorah, Eshtaol,(KV) Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon,(KW) Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah,(KX) Ekron,(KY) 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon,(KZ) Baalath,(LA) 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon,(LB) 46 Me Jarkon and Rakkon, with the area facing Joppa.(LC)
47 (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them,(LD) they went up and attacked Leshem(LE), took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named(LF) it Dan after their ancestor.)(LG)
48 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan,(LH) according to its clans.
Allotment for Joshua
49 When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, 50 as the Lord had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah[k](LI) in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there.
51 These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing(LJ) the land.(LK)
Cities of Refuge(LL)
20 Then the Lord said to Joshua: 2 “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, 3 so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally(LM) may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.(LN) 4 When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate(LO) and state their case before the elders(LP) of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them. 5 If the avenger of blood comes in pursuit, the elders must not surrender the fugitive, because the fugitive killed their neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought. 6 They are to stay in that city until they have stood trial before the assembly(LQ) and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then they may go back to their own home in the town from which they fled.”
7 So they set apart Kedesh(LR) in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem(LS) in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba(LT) (that is, Hebron(LU)) in the hill country of Judah.(LV) 8 East of the Jordan (on the other side from Jericho) they designated Bezer(LW) in the wilderness on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead(LX) in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan(LY) in the tribe of Manasseh. 9 Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally(LZ) could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.(MA)
Towns for the Levites(MB)
21 Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel(MC) 2 at Shiloh(MD) in Canaan and said to them, “The Lord commanded through Moses that you give us towns(ME) to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.”(MF) 3 So, as the Lord had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance:
4 The first lot came out for the Kohathites,(MG) according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin.(MH) 5 The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan and half of Manasseh.(MI)
8 So the Israelites allotted to the Levites these towns and their pasturelands, as the Lord had commanded through Moses.
9 From the tribes of Judah and Simeon they allotted the following towns by name 10 (these towns were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the first lot fell to them):
11 They gave them Kiriath Arba(MP) (that is, Hebron(MQ)), with its surrounding pastureland, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 12 But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.(MR)
13 So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge(MS) for one accused of murder), Libnah,(MT) 14 Jattir,(MU) Eshtemoa,(MV) 15 Holon,(MW) Debir,(MX) 16 Ain,(MY) Juttah(MZ) and Beth Shemesh,(NA) together with their pasturelands—nine towns from these two tribes.
20 The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted towns from the tribe of Ephraim:
21 In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem(NG) (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Gezer,(NH) 22 Kibzaim and Beth Horon,(NI) together with their pasturelands—four towns.(NJ)
25 From half the tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach(NN) and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands—two towns.
26 All these ten towns and their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clans.(NO)
27 The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given:
from the half-tribe of Manasseh,
28 from the tribe of Issachar,(NR)
30 from the tribe of Asher,(NW)
32 from the tribe of Naphtali,
33 The total number of towns of the Gershonite(OC) clans came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands.
34 The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given:
from the tribe of Zebulun,(OD)
36 from the tribe of Reuben,
38 from the tribe of Gad,
40 The total number of towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, came to twelve.(ON)
41 The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.(OO) 42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.
43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors,(OP) and they took possession(OQ) of it and settled there.(OR) 44 The Lord gave them rest(OS) on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies(OT) withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies(OU) into their hands.(OV) 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises(OW) to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
- Joshua 15:4 Septuagint; Hebrew your
- Joshua 15:18 Hebrew and some Septuagint manuscripts; other Septuagint manuscripts (see also note at Judges 1:14) Othniel, he urged her
- Joshua 15:36 Or Gederah and Gederothaim
- Joshua 15:59 The Septuagint adds another district of eleven towns, including Tekoa and Ephrathah (Bethlehem).
- Joshua 16:2 Septuagint; Hebrew Bethel to Luz
- Joshua 17:11 That is, Naphoth Dor
- Joshua 18:18 Septuagint; Hebrew slope facing the Arabah
- Joshua 19:2 Or Beersheba, Sheba; 1 Chron. 4:28 does not have Sheba.
- Joshua 19:28 Some Hebrew manuscripts (see also 21:30); most Hebrew manuscripts Ebron
- Joshua 19:34 Septuagint; Hebrew west, and Judah, the Jordan,
- Joshua 19:50 Also known as Timnath Heres (see Judges 2:9)