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Judah’s Inheritance
1Now the allotment for the tribe of the descendants of Judah by their clans#Nm 34:3 was in the southernmost region, south to the Wilderness of Zin and over to the border of Edom.
2Their southern border began at the tip of the Dead Sea on the south bay#15:2 Lit Sea at the tongue that turns southward 3and went south of the Scorpions’ Ascent,#15:3 Lit of scorpions proceeded to Zin, ascended to the south of Kadesh-barnea, passed Hezron, ascended to Addar, and turned to Karka. 4It proceeded to Azmon and to the Brook of Egypt#Jos 15:47; 1Kg 8:65; 2Kg 24:7; Is 27:12; 2Ch 7:8 and so the border ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This is your#15:4 LXX reads their southern border.
5Now the eastern border was along the Dead Sea to the mouth of the Jordan.
The border on the north side was from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan. 6It ascended to Beth-hoglah, proceeded north of Beth-arabah, and ascended to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 7Then the border ascended to Debir from the Valley of Achor, turning north to the Gilgal that is opposite the Ascent of Adummim, which is south of the ravine. The border proceeded to the Waters of En-shemesh and ended at En-rogel. 8From there the border ascended Ben Hinnom Valley to the southern Jebusite slope (that is, Jerusalem) and ascended to the top of the hill that faces Hinnom Valley on the west, at the northern end of Rephaim Valley. 9From the top of the hill the border curved to the spring of the Waters of Nephtoah, went to the cities of Mount Ephron, and then curved to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim#1Ch 13:6). 10The border turned westward from Baalah to Mount Seir, went to the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon), descended to Beth-shemesh, and proceeded to Timnah.#Gn 38:13; Jdg 14:1 11Then the border reached to the slope north of Ekron, curved to Shikkeron, proceeded to Mount Baalah, went to Jabneel, and ended at the Mediterranean Sea.
12Now the western border was the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
This was the boundary of the descendants of Judah around their clans.
Caleb and Othniel
13He gave Caleb son of Jephunneh the following portion among the descendants of Judah based on the Lord’s instruction to Joshua: Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron; Arba was the father of Anak). 14Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, descendants of Anak.#Nm 13:22,28,33; Dt 9:2; Jos 21:11 15From there he marched against the inhabitants of Debir, which used to be called Kiriath-sepher,#Jdg 1:11-15 16and Caleb said, “Whoever attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher, I will give my daughter Achsah to him as a wife.” 17So Othniel#Jdg 3:8-11 son of Caleb’s brother, Kenaz, captured it, and Caleb gave his daughter Achsah to him as a wife.#1Sm 17:25 18When she arrived, she persuaded Othniel to ask her father for a field. As she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” 19She replied, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me the springs also.” So he gave her the upper and lower springs.
Judah’s Cities
20This was the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Judah by their clans.
21These were the outermost cities of the tribe of the descendants of Judah toward the border of Edom in the Negev: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,#Gn 35:21 22Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), 26Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet, 28Hazar-shual, Beer-sheba, Biziothiah,#Gn 21:31 29Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah, 31Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,#1Sm 27:6; 30:1 32Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon — twenty-nine cities in all, with their settlements.
33In the Judean foothills:#15:33 Or the Shephelah Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah,#15:34 Or En-gannim-tappuah Enam, 35Jarmuth, Adullam,#1Sm 22:1 Socoh,#15:35 Or Adullam-socoh Azekah, 36Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim — fourteen cities, with their settlements; 37Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad, 38Dilan, Mizpeh, Jokthe-el, 39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish, 41Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah — sixteen cities, with their settlements; 42Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah — nine cities, with their settlements; 45Ekron, with its surrounding villages and settlements; 46from Ekron to the sea, all the cities near Ashdod, with their settlements; 47Ashdod, with its surrounding villages and settlements; Gaza, with its surrounding villages and settlements, to the Brook of Egypt and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
48In the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir), 50Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51Goshen, Holon, and Giloh — eleven cities, with their settlements; 52Arab, Dumah,#15:52 Some Hb mss read Rumah Eshan, 53Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior — nine cities, with their settlements; 55Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah — ten cities, with their settlements; 58Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor, 59Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon — six cities, with their settlements;#15:59 LXX adds Tekoa, Ephrathah (that is, Bethlehem), Peor, Etam, Culom, Tatam, Sores, Carem, Gallim, Baither, and Manach — eleven cities, with their settlements 60Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), and Rabbah — two cities, with their settlements.
61In the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62Nibshan, the City of Salt,#15:62 Or Ir-hamelach and En-gedi — six cities, with their settlements.
63But the descendants of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem.#Jdg 1:21; 2Sm 5:5-9 So the Jebusites still live in Jerusalem among the descendants of Judah today.#Jos 6:25; 16:10; 22:17; 23:8-9