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Joshua 18 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Allotments of the Remaining Land
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:1 - Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:2 - But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:3 - Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:4 - Select three men from each tribe, and I will send them out to explore the land and map it out. They will then return to me with a written report of their proposed divisions of their new homeland.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:5 - Let them divide the land into seven sections, excluding Judah’s territory in the south and Joseph’s territory in the north.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:6 - And when you record the seven divisions of the land and bring them to me, I will cast sacred lots in the presence of the LORD our God to assign land to each tribe.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:7 - “The Levites, however, will not receive any allotment of land. Their role as priests of the LORD is their allotment. And the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh won’t receive any more land, for they have already received their grant of land, which Moses, the servant of the LORD, gave them on the east side of the Jordan River.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:8 - As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua commanded them, “Go and explore the land and write a description of it. Then return to me, and I will assign the land to the tribes by casting sacred lots here in the presence of the LORD at Shiloh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:9 - The men did as they were told and mapped the entire territory into seven sections, listing the towns in each section. They made a written record and then returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:10 - And there at Shiloh, Joshua cast sacred lots in the presence of the LORD to determine which tribe should have each section.
The Land Given to Benjamin
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:11 - The first allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin. It lay between the territory assigned to the tribes of Judah and Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:12 - The northern boundary of Benjamin’s land began at the Jordan River, went north of the slope of Jericho, then west through the hill country and the wilderness of Beth-aven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:13 - From there the boundary went south to Luz (that is, Bethel) and proceeded down to Ataroth-addar on the hill that lies south of Lower Beth-horon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:14 - The boundary then made a turn and swung south along the western edge of the hill facing Beth-horon, ending at the village of Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a town belonging to the tribe of Judah. This was the western boundary.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:15 - The southern boundary began at the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim. From that western point it ran[fn] to the spring at the waters of Nephtoah,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:16 - and down to the base of the mountain beside the valley of Ben-Hinnom, at the northern end of the valley of Rephaim. From there it went down the valley of Hinnom, crossing south of the slope where the Jebusites lived, and continued down to En-rogel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:17 - From En-rogel the boundary proceeded in a northerly direction and came to En-shemesh and on to Geliloth (which is across from the slopes of Adummim). Then it went down to the Stone of Bohan. (Bohan was Reuben’s son.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:18 - From there it passed along the north side of the slope overlooking the Jordan Valley.[fn] The border then went down into the valley,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:19 - ran past the north slope of Beth-hoglah, and ended at the north bay of the Dead Sea,[fn] which is the southern end of the Jordan River. This was the southern boundary.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:20 - The eastern boundary was the Jordan River. These were the boundaries of the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin.
The Towns Given to Benjamin
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:21 - These were the towns given to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin. Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:22 - Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:23 - Avvim, Parah, Ophrah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:24 - Kephar-ammoni, Ophni, and Geba—twelve towns with their surrounding villages.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:25 - Also Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:26 - Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:27 - Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:28 - Zela, Haeleph, Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, and Kiriath[fn]—fourteen towns with their surrounding villages. This was the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Tent of Meeting.
Or From there it went to Mozah. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Or the spring at Me-nephtoah.
Hebrew overlooking the Arabah, or overlooking Beth-arabah.
Hebrew Salt Sea.
Some Greek manuscripts read Kiriath-jearim.
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