Joshua 14
The Land Allotted West of the Jordan
1These are the territories that the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families of the tribes of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” gave as an inheritance to them. 2Their inheritance was by lot, just as Yahweh commanded through the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. 3For Moses had given an inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe beyond the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them. 4For the descendants#Or “sons” of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, and they did not give a plot of ground to the Levites in the land, only cities to live in, with their pastureland for their flocks and for their goods. 5Just as Yahweh commanded Moses, so the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” did; and they allotted the land.
Caleb Receives Hebron
6Then the descendants#Or “sons” of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal; and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know the word that Yahweh said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea concerning you and me. 7I was forty years old#Literally “I was a son of forty years” when Moses Yahweh’s servant sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I returned with an honest report.#Literally “with a word just as was with my heart” 8My companions who went up with me made the hearts#Hebrew “heart” of the people melt, but I remained true to Yahweh my God. 9And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land that your foot has trodden on will be an inheritance to you and your sons forever, because you remained true to Yahweh my God.’ 10So then, look, Yahweh has kept me alive just as he promised these forty-five years,#Hebrew “year” from the time that Yahweh spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered#Literally “went” in the wilderness. Now look, today I am eighty-five years old.#Literally “I am a son of eighty-five years” 11Today I am still strong, just as on the day that Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so now also is my strength for war and for daily activities.#Literally “for going out and for coming in” 12So now give me this hill country that Yahweh spoke of on that day, for you heard on that day that the Anakites were there, with great and fortified cities. Perhaps Yahweh is with me, and I will drive them out just as Yahweh promised.”#Or “said”
13And Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14Thus Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he remained true to Yahweh the God of Israel. 15And the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath Arba;#Or “the city of Arba” Arba was the greatest person among the Anakites. And the land rested from war.
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