The remaining tribes of Israel received land in Canaan as allotted by Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders.
These nine and a half tribes received their grants of land by means of sacred lots, in accordance with the ’s command through Moses.
Moses had already given a grant of land to the two and a half tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, but he had given the Levites no such allotment.
The descendants of Joseph had become two separate tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. And the Levites were given no land at all, only towns to live in with surrounding pasturelands for their livestock and all their possessions.
So the land was distributed in strict accordance with the ’s commands to Moses.
A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea.
I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the , sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report,
but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the my God.
So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the my God.’
“Now, as you can see, the has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old.
I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.
So give me the hill country that the promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the said.”
So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land.
Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the , the God of Israel.
(Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-arba. It had been named after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.) And the land had rest from war.