The Israelites received these portions that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families of the Israelite tribes gave them in the land of Canaan.
Their inheritance was by lot as the Lord commanded through Moses for the nine and a half tribes,
because Moses had given the inheritance to the two and a half tribes beyond the Jordan.a But he gave no inheritance among them to the Levites.
The descendants of Joseph became two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. No portion of the land was given to the Levites except cities to live in, along with pasturelands for their cattle and livestock.
So the Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses, and they divided the land.
The descendants of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, "You know what the Lord promised Moses the man of God at Kadesh-barnea about you and me.b7
I was 40 years old when Moses the Lord's servant sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report.c8
My brothers who went with me caused the people's hearts to melt with fear, but I remained loyal to the Lord my God.d9
On that day Moses promised me, 'The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have remained loyal to the Lord my God.'e10
"As you see, the Lord has kept me alive [these] 45 years as He promised,f since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old.
I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasksg is now as it was then.
Now give me this hill country the Lord promised [me] on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities.h Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised."
Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as an inheritance.
Therefore, Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite as an inheritance to this day, because he remained loyal to the Lord, the God of Israel.
Hebron's name used to be Kiriath-arba; Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.i After this, the land had rest from war.