The Land Divided West of the Jordan

14 These are the areas which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, (A)which Eleazar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel distributed as an inheritance to them. Their inheritance was (B)by lot, as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. (C)For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe on the other side of the Jordan; but to the Levites he had given no inheritance among them. For (D)the children of Joseph were two tribes: Manasseh and Ephraim. And they gave no part to the Levites in the land, except (E)cities to dwell in, with their common-lands for their livestock and their property. (F)As the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; and they divided the land.

Caleb Inherits Hebron

Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the (G)Kenizzite said to him: “You know (H)the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning (I)you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord (J)sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless (K)my brethren who went up with me made the [a]heart of the people melt, but I wholly (L)followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, (M)‘Surely the land (N)where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me (O)alive, (P)as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel [b]wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 (Q)As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both (R)for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how (S)the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. (T)It may be that the Lord will be with me, and (U)I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”

13 And Joshua (V)blessed him, (W)and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 (X)Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he (Y)wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. 15 And (Z)the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).

(AA)Then the land had rest from war.

The Land of Judah

15 So this was the [c]lot of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families:

(AB)The border of Edom at the (AC)Wilderness of Zin southward was the extreme southern boundary. And their (AD)southern border began at the shore of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward. Then it went out to the southern side of (AE)the Ascent of Akrabbim, passed along to Zin, ascended on the south side of Kadesh Barnea, passed along to Hezron, went up to Adar, and went around to Karkaa. From there it passed (AF)toward Azmon and went out to the Brook of Egypt; and the border ended at the sea. This shall be your southern border.

The east border was the Salt Sea as far as the mouth of the Jordan.

And the (AG)border on the northern quarter began at the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan. The border went up to (AH)Beth Hoglah and passed north of Beth Arabah; and the border went up (AI)to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben. Then the border went up toward (AJ)Debir from (AK)the Valley of Achor, and it turned northward toward Gilgal, which is before the Ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the valley. The border continued toward the waters of En Shemesh and ended at (AL)En Rogel. And the border went up (AM)by the Valley of the Son of Hinnom to the southern slope of the (AN)Jebusite city (which is Jerusalem). The border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the Valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the Valley (AO)of [d]Rephaim northward. Then the border went around from the top of the hill to (AP)the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and extended to the cities of Mount Ephron. And the border went around (AQ)to Baalah (which is (AR)Kirjath Jearim). 10 Then the border [e]turned westward from Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the side of Mount Jearim on the north (which is Chesalon), went down to Beth Shemesh, and passed on to (AS)Timnah. 11 And the border went out to the side of (AT)Ekron northward. Then the border went around to Shicron, passed along to Mount Baalah, and extended to Jabneel; and the border ended at the sea.

12 The west border was (AU)the coastline of the Great Sea. This is the boundary of the children of Judah all around according to their families.

Caleb Occupies Hebron and Debir(AV)

13 (AW)Now to Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a share among the children of (AX)Judah, according to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, namely, (AY)Kirjath Arba, which is Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). 14 Caleb drove out (AZ)the three sons of Anak from there: (BA)Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. 15 Then (BB)he went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir (formerly the name of Debir was Kirjath Sepher).

16 (BC)And Caleb said, “He who [f]attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife.” 17 So (BD)Othniel the (BE)son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him (BF)Achsah his daughter as wife. 18 (BG)Now it was so, when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. So (BH)she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” 19 She answered, “Give me a (BI)blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

The Cities of Judah

20 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families:

21 The cities at the limits of the tribe of the children of Judah, toward the border of Edom in the South, were Kabzeel, (BJ)Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24 (BK)Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor, Hadattah, Kerioth, Hezron (which is Hazor), 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 28 Hazar Shual, (BL)Beersheba, Bizjothjah, 29 Baalah, Ijim, Ezem, 30 Eltolad, Chesil, (BM)Hormah, 31 (BN)Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and (BO)Rimmon: all the cities are twenty-nine, with their villages.

33 In the lowland: (BP)Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, (BQ)Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Sharaim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages; 37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpah, (BR)Joktheel, 39 (BS)Lachish, Bozkath, (BT)Eglon, 40 Cabbon, [g]Lahmas, Kithlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages; 42 (BU)Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43 Jiphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44 Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages; 45 Ekron, with its towns and villages; 46 from Ekron to the sea, all that lay near (BV)Ashdod, with their villages; 47 Ashdod with its towns and villages, Gaza with its towns and villages—as far as (BW)the Brook of Egypt and (BX)the Great Sea with its coastline.

48 And in the mountain country: Shamir, Jattir, Sochoh, 49 Dannah, Kirjath Sannah (which is Debir), 50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51 (BY)Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages; 52 Arab, Dumah, Eshean, 53 Janum, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humtah, (BZ)Kirjath Arba (which is Hebron), and Zior: nine cities with their villages; 55 (CA)Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages; 58 Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor, 59 Maarath, Beth Anoth, and Eltekon: six cities with their villages; 60 (CB)Kirjath Baal (which is Kirjath Jearim) and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

61 In the wilderness: Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and (CC)En Gedi: six cities with their villages.

63 As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, (CD)the children of Judah could not drive them out; (CE)but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.


  1. Joshua 14:8 courage of the people fail
  2. Joshua 14:10 Lit. walked
  3. Joshua 15:1 allotment
  4. Joshua 15:8 Lit. Giants
  5. Joshua 15:10 turned around
  6. Joshua 15:16 Lit. strikes
  7. Joshua 15:40 Or Lahmam