Passage: Joshua 15, 16, 17 (RSV)

Joshua 15

1The lot for the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families reached southward to the boundary of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the farthest south.
2And their south boundary ran from the end of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward;
3it goes out southward of the ascent of Akrab'bim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Ka'desh-bar'nea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karka,
4passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt, and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your south boundary.
5And the east boundary is the Salt Sea, to the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary on the north side runs from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan;
6and the boundary goes up to Beth-hoglah, and passes along north of Beth-arabah; and the boundary goes up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;
7and the boundary goes up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and so northward, turning toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adum'mim, which is on the south side of the valley; and the boundary passes along to the waters of En-she'mesh, and ends at En-ro'gel;
8then the boundary goes up by the valley of the son of Hinnom at the southern shoulder of the Jeb'usite (that is, Jerusalem); and the boundary goes up to the top of the mountain that lies over against the valley of Hinnom, on the west, at the northern end of the valley of Reph'aim;
9then the boundary extends from the top of the mountain to the spring of the Waters of Nephto'ah, and from there to the cities of Mount Ephron; then the boundary bends round to Ba'alah (that is, Kir'iath-je'arim);
10and the boundary circles west of Ba'alah to Mount Se'ir, passes along to the northern shoulder of Mount Je'arim (that is, Ches'alon), and goes down to Beth-she'mesh, and passes along by Timnah;
11the boundary goes out to the shoulder of the hill north of Ekron, then the boundary bends round to Shik'keron, and passes along to Mount Ba'alah, and goes out to Jabneel; then the boundary comes to an end at the sea.
12And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coast-line. This is the boundary round about the people of Judah according to their families.
13According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephun'neh a portion among the people of Judah, Kir'iath-ar'ba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak).
14And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, She'shai and Ahi'man and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.
15And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir; now the name of Debir formerly was Kir'iath-se'pher.
16And Caleb said, "Whoever smites Kir'iath-se'pher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife."
17And Oth'ni-el the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.
18When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field; and she alighted from her ass, and Caleb said to her, "What do you wish?"
19She said to him, "Give me a present; since you have set me in the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
20This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families.
21The cities belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,
22Kinah, Dimo'nah, Ada'dah,
23Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,
24Ziph, Telem, Be-a'loth,
25Ha'zor-hadat'tah, Ker'i-oth-hezron (that is, Hazor),
26Amam, Shema, Mola'dah,
27Ha'zar-gad'dah, Heshmon, Beth-pel'et,
28Hazar-shu'al, Beer-sheba, Biziothi'ah,
29Ba'alah, I'im, Ezem,
30Elto'lad, Chesil, Hormah,
31Ziklag, Madman'nah, Sansan'nah,
32Leba'oth, Shilhim, A'in, and Rimmon: in all, twenty-nine cities, with their villages.
33And in the lowland, Eshta'ol, Zorah, Ashnah,
34Zano'ah, En-gan'nim, Tap'puah, Enam,
35Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Aze'kah,
36Shaara'im, Aditha'im, Gede'rah, Gederotha'im: fourteen cities with their villages.
37Zenan, Hadash'ah, Mig'dal-gad,
38Di'lean, Mizpeh, Jok'theel,
39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,
40Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish,
41Gede'roth, Beth-da'gon, Na'amah, and Makke'dah: sixteen cities with their villages.
42Libnah, Ether, Ashan,
43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,
44Kei'lah, Achzib, and Mare'shah: nine cities with their villages.
45Ekron, with its towns and its villages;
46from Ekron to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.
47Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coast-line.
48And in the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,
49Dannah, Kir'iath-san'nah (that is, Debir),
50Anab, Esh'temoh, Anim,
51Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.
52Arab, Dumah, Eshan,
53Janim, Beth-tap'puah, Aphe'kah,
54Humtah, Kir'iath-ar'ba (that is, Hebron), and Zi'or: nine cities with their villages.
55Ma'on, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,
56Jezreel, Jok'de-am, Zano'ah,
57Kain, Gib'e-ah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.
58Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor,
59Ma'arath, Beth-anoth, and El'tekon: six cities with their villages.
60Kir'iath-ba'al (that is, Kir'iath-je'arim), and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.
61In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Seca'cah,
62Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En-ge'di: six cities with their villages.
63But the Jeb'usites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out; so the Jeb'usites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

Joshua 16

1The allotment of the descendants of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel;
2then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to At'aroth, the territory of the Archites;
3then it goes down westward to the territory of the Japh'letites, as far as the territory of Lower Beth-hor'on, then to Gezer, and it ends at the sea.
4The people of Joseph, Manas'seh and E'phraim, received their inheritance.
5The territory of the E'phraimites by their families was as follows: the boundary of their inheritance on the east was At'aroth-ad'dar as far as Upper Beth-hor'on,
6and the boundary goes thence to the sea; on the north is Mich-me'thath; then on the east the boundary turns round toward Ta'anath-shi'loh, and passes along beyond it on the east to Jan-o'ah,
7then it goes down from Jan-o'ah to At'aroth and to Na'arah, and touches Jericho, ending at the Jordan.
8From Tap'puah the boundary goes westward to the brook Kanah, and ends at the sea. Such is the inheritance of the tribe of the E'phraimites by their families,
9together with the towns which were set apart for the E'phraimites within the inheritance of the Manas'sites, all those towns with their villages.
10However they did not drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: so the Canaanites have dwelt in the midst of E'phraim to this day but have become slaves to do forced labor.

Joshua 17

1Then allotment was made to the tribe of Manas'seh, for he was the first-born of Joseph. To Machir the first-born of Manas'seh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war.
2And allotments were made to the rest of the tribe of Manas'seh, by their families, Abi-e'zer, Helek, As'ri-el, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemi'da; these were the male descendants of Manas'seh the son of Joseph, by their families.
3Now Zeloph'ehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manas'seh, had no sons, but only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
4They came before Elea'zar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders, and said, "The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brethren." So according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.
5Thus there fell to Manas'seh ten portions, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is on the other side of the Jordan;
6because the daughters of Manas'seh received an inheritance along with his sons. The land of Gilead was allotted to the rest of the Manas'sites.
7The territory of Manas'seh reached from Asher to Mich-me'thath, which is east of Shechem; then the boundary goes along southward to the inhabitants of En-tap'puah.
8The land of Tap'puah belonged to Manas'seh, but the town of Tap'puah on the boundary of Manas'seh belonged to the sons of E'phraim.
9Then the boundary went down to the brook Kanah. The cities here, to the south of the brook, among the cities of Manas'seh, belong to E'phraim. Then the boundary of Manas'seh goes on the north side of the brook and ends at the sea;
10the land to the south being E'phraim's and that to the north being Manas'seh's, with the sea forming its boundary; on the north Asher is reached, and on the east Is'sachar.
11Also in Is'sachar and in Asher Manas'seh had Beth-she'an and its villages, and Ibleam and its villages, and the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages, and the inhabitants of Ta'anach and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megid'do and its villages; the third is Naphath.
12Yet the sons of Manas'seh could not take possession of those cities; but the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land.
13But when the people of Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, and did not utterly drive them out.
14And the tribe of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given me but one lot and one portion as an inheritance, although I am a numerous people, since hitherto the LORD has blessed me?"
15And Joshua said to them, "If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest, and there clear ground for yourselves in the land of the Per'izzites and the Reph'aim, since the hill country of E'phraim is too narrow for you."
16The tribe of Joseph said, "The hill country is not enough for us; yet all the Canaanites who dwell in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-she'an and its villages and those in the Valley of Jezreel."
17Then Joshua said to the house of Joseph, to E'phraim and Manas'seh, "You are a numerous people, and have great power; you shall not have one lot only,
18but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong."

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