Then the entire congregation of the People of Israel got together at Shiloh. They put up the Tent of Meeting.
but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had yet to receive their inheritance.
Joshua addressed the People of Israel: "How long are you going to sit around on your hands, putting off taking possession of the land that God, the God of your ancestors, has given you?
Pick three men from each tribe so I can commission them. They will survey and map the land, showing the inheritance due each tribe, and report back to me.
They will divide it into seven parts. Judah will stay in its territory in the south and the people of Joseph will keep to their place in the north.
"You are responsible for preparing a survey map showing seven portions. Then bring it to me so that I can cast lots for you here in the presence of our God.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)