Joshua 16:2
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New International Version
It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth,

King James Bible
And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto the borders of Archi to Ataroth,

Darby Bible Translation
And [the border] went from Bethel to Luz, and passed to the border of the Archites to Ataroth,

World English Bible
It went out from Bethel to Luz, and passed along to the border of the Archites to Ataroth;

Young's Literal Translation
and hath gone out from Beth-El to Luz, and passed over unto the border of Archi to Ataroth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

From Bethel to Luz - From Genesis 28:19 (note) it appears that the place which Jacob called Beth-el was formerly called Luz; see the note there: but here they seem to be two distinct places. It is very likely that the place where Jacob had the vision was not in Luz, but in some place within a small distance of that city or village, (see the note on Genesis 28:12), and that sometimes the whole place was called Beth-el, at other times Luz, and sometimes, as in the case above, the two places were distinguished. As we find the term London comprises, not only London, but also the city of Westminster and the borough of Southwark; though at other times all three are distinctly mentioned.

Archi to Ataroth - Archi was the country of Hushai, the friend of David, 2 Samuel 15:32, who is called Hushai the Archite. Ataroth, called Ataroth-addar, Ataroth the illustrious, Joshua 16:5, and simply Ataroth, Joshua 16:7, is supposed to have been about fifteen miles from Jerusalem.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Joshua 18:13 And the border went over from there toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Bethel, southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar...

Genesis 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Judges 1:22-26 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them...


2 Samuel 16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, God save the king...

1 Chronicles 27:33 And Ahithophel was the king's counselor: and Hushai the Archite was the king's companion:

Beth-El. Beth-Aven.
Josephus thus describes the land of Benjamin; "The Benjamites' portion of land was from the river Jordan to the sea, in length: in breadth, it was bounded by Jerusalem and Beth-el." Let these last words be marked, "The breadth of the land of Benjamin was bounded by Jerusalem and Beth-el." May we not justly conclude, from these words, that Jerusalem and Beth-el were opposite, as it were, in a right line? But if you look upon the maps, there are some that separate these by a very large tract of land,
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
Joshua 18:13
From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz (that is, Bethel) and went down to Ataroth Addar on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.

2 Samuel 15:32
When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.

1 Chronicles 7:28
Their lands and settlements included Bethel and its surrounding villages, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its villages all the way to Ayyah and its villages.

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