Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance1 in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar2 the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel3 allotted4 to them.52
Their inheritances were assigned by lot6 to the nine-and-a-half tribes,7 as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
Moses had granted the two-and-a-half tribes their inheritance east of the Jordan8 but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest,94
for the sons of Joseph had become two tribes--Manasseh and Ephraim.10 The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds.115
So the Israelites divided the land, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.12
Now the men of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal,13 and Caleb son of Jephunneh14 the Kenizzite said to him, "You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God15 at Kadesh Barnea16 about you and me.177
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea18 to explore the land.19 And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,208
but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear.21 I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.229
So on that day Moses swore to me, 'The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance23 and that of your children24 forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.'a10
"Now then, just as the LORD promised,25 he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved26 about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!2711
I am still as strong28 today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous29 to go out to battle now as I was then.
Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day.30 You yourself heard then that the Anakites31 were there and their cities were large and fortified,32 but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said."
Then Joshua blessed33 Caleb son of Jephunneh34 and gave him Hebron35 as his inheritance.3614
So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.3715
(Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba38 after Arba,39 who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest40 from war.