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Land for Simeon

19 The second ·part of the land [lot] was given to the tribe of Simeon. Each ·family group [clan] received some of the land ·inside the area [in the midst of the inheritance of the sons/descendants] of Judah. They received Beersheba (also called Sheba), Moladah, Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen. There were thirteen towns and their villages.

They received the towns of Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan, four towns and their villages. They also received all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer (this is the same as Ramah in ·southern Canaan [L the Negev]). So ·these were the lands given to [this was the inheritance of] the ·family groups [clans] in the tribe of Simeon. The land of the Simeonites was taken from part of the land of Judah. Since Judah had much more land than they needed, the Simeonites received ·part of their land [L their inheritance in the midst of Judah’s inheritance].

Land for Zebulun

10 The third ·part of the land [lot] was given to the tribe of Zebulun [C in southwestern Galilee, north of West Manasseh and east of the coastal tribe of Asher]. Each ·family group [clan] of Zebulun received some of the land. The border of Zebulun went as far as Sarid. 11 Then it went west to Maralah and ·came near [touched] Dabbesheth and then ·near [L the brook/valley in front of/east of] Jokneam. 12 Then it turned ·to the east [L eastward toward the sunrise]. It went from Sarid to the area of Kisloth Tabor and on to Daberath and ·to [L up to] Japhia. 13 It continued eastward to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin, ending at Rimmon. There the border turned and went toward Neah. 14 At Neah it turned again and went to the north to Hannathon and continued to the Valley of Iphtah El. 15 Inside this border were the cities of Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem. There were twelve towns and their villages.

16 So these are the towns and the villages that were given to the ·family groups [clans] of Zebulun.

Land for Issachar

17 The fourth ·part of the land [lot] was given to the ·tribe [sons; descendants] of Issachar [C in southern Galilee, southeast of Zebulun and north of East Manasseh]. Each ·family group [clan] of Issachar received some of the land. 18 Their land included Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez.

22 The border of their land touched the area called Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh and stopped at the Jordan River. There were sixteen towns and their villages.

23 These cities and towns were part of the ·land that was given to [inheritance of] the ·family groups [clans] of Issachar.

Land for Asher

24 The fifth ·part of the land [lot] was given to the tribe of Asher [C along the Mediterranean coast north of East Manasseh]. Each ·family group [clan] of Asher received some of the land. 25 Their land included Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, 26 Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal.

The western border touched Mount Carmel and Shihor Libnath. 27 Then it turned east and went to Beth Dagon, touching Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El. Then it went north of Beth Emek and Neiel and passed north to Cabul. 28 From there it went to Abdon,[a] Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah and continued to Greater Sidon. 29 Then the border went back south toward Ramah and continued to the ·strong, walled [fortified] city of Tyre. There it turned and went toward Hosah, ending at the sea. This was in the area of Aczib, 30 Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob. There were twenty-two towns and their villages.

31 These cities and their villages were part of the ·land that was given to [inheritance of] the ·family groups [clans] of [L the sons/descendants of] Asher.

Land for Naphtali

32 The sixth ·part of the land [lot] was given to the ·tribe [L sons; descendants] of Naphtali [C east and north of the Sea of Galilee]. Each ·family group [clan] of Naphtali received some of the land. 33 The border of their land started at the ·large tree [L oak] in Zaanannim, ·which is near [or in] Heleph. Then it went through Adami Nekeb and Jabneel, as far as Lakkum, and ended at the Jordan River. 34 Then it went to the west through Aznoth Tabor and ·stopped at [extended to] Hukkok. It ·went to the area of [touched] Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west, and Judah, at the Jordan River, on the east. 35 The ·strong, walled [fortified] cities inside these borders were called Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 37 Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, 38 ·Iron [or Yirom], Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh. There were nineteen towns and all their villages.

39 The towns and the villages around them were ·in the land that was given to [the inheritance of] the ·family groups [clans] of [L the sons/descendants of] Naphtali.

Land for Dan

40 The seventh ·part of the land [lot] was given to the ·tribe [L sons; descendants] of Dan [L between Ephraim and Judah along the Mediterranean coast]. Each ·family group [clan] of Dan received some of the land. 41 ·Their land [L The territory of their inheritance] included Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46 Me Jarkon, Rakkon, and the area ·near [or opposite] Joppa.

47 (·But the Danites had trouble taking their land [L When the territory of the sons/descendants of Dan was lost to them…]. They went and fought against Leshem [or Laish; C in the far north between Naphtali and West Manasseh], defeated it, and ·killed the people who lived there [L struck it with the edge of the sword]. So the Danites ·moved into [L took possession and settled in] the town of Leshem and changed its name to Dan, because he was the father of their tribe.) 48 All of these towns and villages were given to the ·family groups [clans] of Dan.

Land for Joshua

49 After ·the leaders [L they] finished dividing the land and giving it to the different tribes, the ·Israelites [L sons/T children of Israel] gave Joshua son of Nun ·his land [an inheritance] also. 50 They gave Joshua the town he asked for, Timnath Serah in the ·mountains [hill country] of Ephraim, just as the Lord commanded. He built up the town and lived there.

51 So these ·lands [inheritances] were given to the different tribes of Israel. Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the ·leaders [L heads of the fathers] of each tribe divided up the land by lots at Shiloh. They met in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the Meeting Tent [18:1]. Now they were finished dividing the land.

Footnotes

  1. Joshua 19:28 Abdon Some Hebrew copies read “Ebron.”

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