Allotment of the Remaining Land
1Then the whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at #ch. 19:51; 21:2; 22:9, 12 Shiloh and set up #ch. 19:51the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them.
2There remained among the people of Israel seven tribes whose inheritance had not yet been apportioned. 3So Joshua said to the people of Israel, #[Judg. 18:9]“How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? 4Provide three men from each tribe, and I will send them out that they may set out and go up and down the land. They shall write a description of it with a view to their inheritances, and then come to me. 5They shall divide it into seven portions. #[ch. 15:1] Judah shall continue in his territory on the south, #[ch. 16:1, 4]and the house of Joseph shall continue in their territory on the north. 6And you shall describe the land in seven divisions and bring the description here to me. #ver. 10; ch. 14:2And I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. 7#See ch. 13:33 The Levites have no portion among you, for the priesthood of the Lord is their heritage. #See ch. 13:8And Gad and Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them.”
8So the men arose and went, and Joshua charged those who went to write the description of the land, saying, “Go up and down in the land and write a description and return to me. And I will cast lots for you here before the Lord in Shiloh.” 9So the men went and passed up and down in the land and wrote in a book a description of it by towns in seven divisions. Then they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh, 10and Joshua #ver. 6 cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord. And there Joshua apportioned the land to the people of Israel, #ch. 11:23; 12:7to each his portion.
The Inheritance for Benjamin
11The lot of the tribe of the people of Benjamin according to its clans came up, and the territory allotted to it fell between the people of Judah and the people of Joseph. 12#[ch. 16:1] On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan. #ver. 21 Then the boundary goes up to the shoulder north of Jericho, then up through the hill country westward, and it ends at the wilderness of #See ch. 7:2Beth-aven. 13From there the boundary passes along southward in the direction of Luz, to the shoulder of #See ch. 16:2 Luz (that is, Bethel), then the boundary goes down to #ch. 16:5 Ataroth-addar, on the mountain that lies south of Lower #ch. 16:3; See ch. 10:10Beth-horon. 14Then the boundary goes in another direction, turning on the #[ch. 19:11] western side southward from the mountain that lies to the south, opposite Beth-horon, and it ends at Kiriath-baal (#ch. 15:9that is, Kiriath-jearim), a city belonging to the people of Judah. This forms the western side. 15And the southern side begins at the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim. And the boundary goes from there to Ephron,#18:15 See 15:9; Hebrew westward #[See ver. 14 above]to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 16Then the boundary goes down to the border of the mountain that overlooks #See ch. 15:8 the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, which is at the north end of the Valley of #See ch. 12:4 Rephaim. And it then goes down the #See ch. 15:8 Valley of Hinnom, south of the shoulder of the Jebusites, and downward to #See ch. 15:7En-rogel. 17Then it bends in a northerly direction going on to En-shemesh, and from there goes to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim. Then it goes down to #ch. 15:6the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben, 18and passing on to the north of #ch. 11:2; 15:6the shoulder of Beth-arabah#18:18 Septuagint; Hebrew to the shoulder over against the Arabah it goes down to #ch. 11:2; 15:6the Arabah. 19Then the boundary passes on to the north of the shoulder of #[See ver. 17 above] Beth-hoglah. And the boundary ends at the northern bay of #ch. 15:2the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan: this is the southern border. 20The Jordan forms its boundary on the eastern side. This is the inheritance of the people of Benjamin, according to their clans, boundary by boundary all around.
21Now the cities of the tribe of the people of Benjamin according to their clans were #ver. 12Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz, 22Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24Chephar-ammoni, Ophni, Geba—twelve cities with their villages: 25Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26Mizpeh, Chephirah, Mozah, 27Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28Zela, Haeleph, #See ch. 15:8Jebus#18:28 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew the Jebusite (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah#18:28 Hebrew Gibeath and Kiriath-jearim#18:28 Septuagint; Hebrew Kiriath—fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the people of Benjamin according to its clans.