14 1 The land of Canaan was divided among the nine tribes and the half. 6 Caleb requireth the heritage that was promised him. 13 Hebron was given him.

These also are the places which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, (A)which Eleazar the Priest, and Joshua the son of Nun and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed to them,

(B)By the lot of their inheritance, as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses, to give to the nine tribes, and the half tribe.

For Moses had given inheritance unto [a]two tribes and an half tribe, beyond Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them.

For the children of Joseph were [b]two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with the suburbs of the same for their beasts and their substance.

(C)As the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did when they divided the land.

¶ Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said unto him, Thou knowest what the Lord said unto Moses the man of God, concerning [c]thee and me in Kadesh Barnea.

Forty years old was I, when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to espy the land, and I brought him word again, as I thought in mine heart.

But my [d]brethren that went up with me, discouraged the heart of the people: yet I followed still the Lord my God.

Wherefore Moses swore the same day, saying, Certainly the land whereon thy feet have trodden, shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s forever, because thou hast followed constantly the Lord my God.

10 Therefore behold now, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he promised: this is the forty and fifth year since the Lord spake this thing unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now lo, I am this day four score and five years old:

11 And yet am as strong at this time, as I was when Moses sent me: as strong as I was then, so strong am I now, either for war, or [e]for government.

12 Now therefore give me this mountain whereof the Lord spake in that day (for thou heardest in that day, how the [f]Anakim were there, and the cities great and walled) [g]if so be the Lord will be with me that I may drive them out, as the Lord said.

13 Then Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh, Hebron for an inheritance.

14 (D)Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, unto this day: because he followed constantly the Lord God of Israel.

15 And the name of (E)Hebron was before time, Kirjath Arba: which Arba was a [h]great man among the Anakim: thus the land ceased from war.

Footnotes

  1. Joshua 14:3 As Reuben and Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, Num. 32:33.
  2. Joshua 14:4 So though Levi lacked, yet were there still twelve tribes by this means.
  3. Joshua 14:6 Which was, that they two only should enter into the land, Num. 14:24.
  4. Joshua 14:8 Which were the ten other spies.
  5. Joshua 14:11 Hebrew, to go out and come in.
  6. Joshua 14:12 Or, giants.
  7. Joshua 14:12 This he spake of modesty, and not of doubting.
  8. Joshua 14:15 Either for his power or person.

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