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seven Israelite tribes had not been assigned their allotted land.[a] So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long do you intend to put off occupying[b] the land the Lord God of your ancestors[c] has given you? Pick three men from each tribe. I will send them out to walk through the land and make a map of it for me.[d]

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  1. Joshua 18:2 tn Heb “there were left among the sons of Israel who had not divided up their inheritance seven tribes.”
  2. Joshua 18:3 tn Heb “How long are you putting off entering and possessing.”
  3. Joshua 18:3 tn Or “fathers.”
  4. Joshua 18:4 tn Heb “I will send them so they may arise and walk about in the land and describe it in writing according to their inheritance and come to me.”