"As you see, the Lord has kept me alive [these] 45 years as He promised,a 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 tasksb 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.c 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.d After this, the land had rest from war.