When Joshua was an old man, the LORD said to him, "You are growing old, and much land remains to be conquered.
The people still need to occupy the land of the Philistines and the Geshurites --
territory that belongs to the Canaanites. This land extends from the stream of Shihor, which is on the boundary of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron,
and includes the five Philistine cities of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The land of the Avvites in the south also remains to be conquered. In the north, this area has not yet been conquered: all the land of the Canaanites, including Mearah (which belongs to the Sidonians), stretching northward to Aphek on the border of the Amorites;
the land of the Gebalites and all of the Lebanon mountain area to the east, from Baal-gad beneath Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath;
and all the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, including all the land of the Sidonians."I will drive these people out of the land for the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession, just as I have commanded you.
Include all this territory as Israel's inheritance when you divide the land among the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)