Joshua 15
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1The lot was drawn for the families of the tribe of Judah. Their territory extends as far south as the territory of Edom and the desert of Zin. 2The southern border starts from the south end of the Dead Sea 3and goes south of the Akrabbim Pass. It then passes Zin and goes up south of Kadesh Barnea. From there it goes to Hezron, up to Addar, around to Karka, 4and on to Azmon. It comes out at the River of Egypt so that the border ends at the Mediterranean Sea. This is the southern border. 5The eastern border is the Dead Sea as far north as the mouth of the Jordan River. The northern border starts from the north end of the Dead Sea at the mouth of the Jordan 6and goes up to Beth Hoglah. It then passes north to Beth Arabah and goes up to the Rock of Bohan, son of Reuben. 7From the valley of Achor, the border goes up to Debir and turns north to the region that faces the Adummim Pass, south of the valley. Then the border passes the Springs of En Shemesh and ends at En Rogel. 8It continues up the valley of Ben Hinnom to the south slope of the Jebusite city Jerusalem. It then goes to the top of the mountain that overlooks the valley of Hinnom to the west at the north end of the valley of Rephaim. 9From the top of that mountain the border goes around to the spring of Nephtoah. From there it goes to the cities of Mount Ephron and around to Baalah (now called Kiriath Jearim). 10From Baalah the border turns west to Mount Seir and over to the north slope of Mount Jearim (now called Chesalon). Then it goes down to Beth Shemesh and on to Timnah. 11From there the border goes on the north side of Ekron and turns to Shikkeron, on to Mount Baalah, and comes out at Jabneel. The border ends at the Mediterranean Sea. 12The western border is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the borders around Judah that belong to their families.

13Joshua gave Caleb, son of Jephunneh, a share of land among the people of Judah as the LORD had told them. It was Kiriath Arba (now called Hebron). Arba was the father of Anak. 14Caleb forced out Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, three descendants of Anak from Hebron. 15From there he marched against the people living in Debir. (In the past Debir was called Kiriath Sepher.) 16Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Achsah as a wife to anyone who attacks Kiriath Sepher and captures it." 17Then Othniel, son of Caleb's brother Kenaz, captured it. So Caleb gave him his daughter Achsah as a wife. 18When she came to Othniel, she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. When she got down from her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What do you want?" 19She answered, "Give me a blessing. Since you've given me some dry land, also give me some springs." So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

20This is the land inherited by the families of the tribe of Judah.

21On the farthest edge of the Negev, on the border of Edom, they gave the tribe of Judah 29 cities with their villages: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (now called Hazor), 26Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 28Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah, 31Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon.

33In the foothills they gave Judah 14 cities with their villages: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim.

37They also gave Judah 16 other cities with their villages: Zenan, Hadashah, Migdalgad, 38Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel, 39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40Cabbon, Lahmas, Chitlish, 41Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah.

42An additional nine cities with their villages were given to Judah: Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah.

45Judah also received Ekron with its cities and villages. 46This included all the cities with their villages between Ekron and the Mediterranean Sea and alongside Ashdod.

47Added to this were Ashdod and Gaza with their cities and villages as far as the River of Egypt and the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

48In the mountains they gave Judah 11 cities with their villages: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (now called Debir), 50Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51Goshen, Holon, and Giloh.

52They also gave Judah nine other cities with their villages: Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah, 54Humtah, Kiriath Arba (now called Hebron), and Zior.

55They also received another ten cities with their villages: Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah.

58Halhul, Bethzur, Gedor, 59Maarath, Bethanoth, and Eltekon were six other cities with their villages that were given to Judah.

60The two cities of Kiriath Baal (now called Kiriath Jearim) and Rabbah with their villages [were given to Judah].

61In the desert Judah was given six cities with their villages: Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62Nibshan, Ir Hamelah, and En Gedi.

63However, Judah was not able to force out the people of Jebus who lived in Jerusalem. So they still live with Judah in Jerusalem today.

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