Joshua 15 TNIV

Allotment for Judah

15:15-19pp -- Jdg 1:11-15

1 The allotment for the tribe of Judah, according to its clans, extended down to the territory of Edom,1 to the Desert of Zin2 in the extreme south.3

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2 Their southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Dead Sea,4

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3 crossed south of Scorpion Pass,5 continued on to Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea.6 Then it ran past Hezron up to Addar and curved around to Karka.

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4 It then passed along to Azmon7 and joined the Wadi of Egypt,8 ending at the Mediterranean Sea. This is theira southern boundary.

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    • a 15:4 - Septuagint; Hebrew "your"
      5 The eastern boundary9 is the Dead Sea10 as far as the mouth of the Jordan. The northern boundary11 started from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan,

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      6 went up to Beth Hoglah12 and continued north of Beth Arabah13 to the Stone of Bohan14 son of Reuben.

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      7 The boundary then went up to Debir15 from the Valley of Achor16 and turned north to Gilgal,17 which faces the Pass of Adummim south of the gorge. It continued along to the waters of En Shemesh18 and came out at En Rogel.19

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      8 Then it ran up the Valley of Ben Hinnom20 along the southern slope of the Jebusite21 city (that is, Jerusalem22). From there it climbed to the top of the hill west of the Hinnom Valley23 at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim.24

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      9 From the hilltop the boundary headed toward the spring of the waters of Nephtoah,25 came out at the towns of Mount Ephron and went down toward Baalah26 (that is, Kiriath Jearim).27

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          10 Then it curved westward from Baalah28 to Mount Seir,29 ran along the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Kesalon), continued down to Beth Shemesh30 and crossed to Timnah.31

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          11 It went to the northern slope of Ekron,32 turned toward Shikkeron, passed along to Mount Baalah33 and reached Jabneel.34 The boundary ended at the sea.

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              12 The western boundary is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.35 These are the boundaries around the people of Judah by their clans.

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              13 In accordance with the LORD's command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb36 son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah--Kiriath Arba37, that is, Hebron.38 (Arba was the ancestor of Anak.)39

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              14 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites40--Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai,41 the sons of Anak.42

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              15 From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).
              16 And Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Aksah43 in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher."

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              17 Othniel44 son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

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              18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged himb to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?"

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                • b 15:18 - Hebrew and some Septuagint manuscripts; other Septuagint manuscripts (see also note at Judges 1:14) "Othniel, he urged her"
                  19 She replied, "Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev,45 give me also springs of water." So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.46

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                  20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah, according to its clans:
                  21 The southernmost towns of the tribe of Judah in the Negev47 toward the boundary of Edom were: Kabzeel,48 Eder,49 Jagur,

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                  22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,
                  23 Kedesh,50 Hazor,51 Ithnan,

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                  24 Ziph,52 Telem, Bealoth,

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                  25 Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (that is, Hazor),53

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                  26 Amam, Shema, Moladah,54

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                  27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet,
                  28 Hazar Shual,55 Beersheba,56 Biziothiah,

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                  29 Baalah,57 Iyim, Ezem,58

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                  30 Eltolad,59 Kesil, Hormah,60

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                  31 Ziklag,61 Madmannah,62 Sansannah,

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                  32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain63 and Rimmon64--a total of twenty-nine towns and their villages.

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                  33 In the western foothills: Eshtaol,65 Zorah,66 Ashnah,67

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                  34 Zanoah,68 En Gannim,69 Tappuah,70 Enam,

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                  35 Jarmuth,71 Adullam,72 Sokoh,73 Azekah,74

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                  36 Shaaraim,75 Adithaim and Gederah76 (or Gederothaim)c--fourteen towns and their villages.

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                    • c 15:36 - Or "Gederah and Gederothaim"
                      37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad,
                      38 Dilean, Mizpah,77 Joktheel,78

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                      39 Lachish,79 Bozkath,80 Eglon,81

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                      40 Kabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish,
                      41 Gederoth,82 Beth Dagon,83 Naamah and Makkedah84--sixteen towns and their villages.

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                      42 Libnah,85 Ether, Ashan,86

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                      43 Iphtah, Ashnah,87 Nezib,

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                          44 Keilah,88 Akzib89 and Mareshah90--nine towns and their villages.

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                          45 Ekron,91 with its surrounding settlements and villages;

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                          46 west of Ekron, all that were in the vicinity of Ashdod,92 together with their villages;

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                          47 Ashdod,93 its surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt94 and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.95

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                              48 In the hill country: Shamir,96 Jattir,97 Sokoh,98

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                              49 Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (that is, Debir99),

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                              50 Anab,100 Eshtemoh,101 Anim,

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                              51 Goshen,102 Holon103 and Giloh104--eleven towns and their villages.

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                              52 Arab, Dumah,105 Eshan,

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                              53 Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah,
                              54 Humtah, Kiriath Arba106 (that is, Hebron) and Zior--nine towns and their villages.

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                              55 Maon,107 Carmel,108 Ziph,109 Juttah,110

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                              56 Jezreel,111 Jokdeam, Zanoah,112

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                              57 Kain, Gibeah113 and Timnah114--ten towns and their villages.

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                              58 Halhul, Beth Zur,115 Gedor,116

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                              59 Maarath, Beth Anoth and Eltekon--six towns and their villages.d

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                                • d 15:59 - The Septuagint adds another district of eleven towns, including Tekoa and Ephrathah (Bethlehem).
                                  60 Kiriath Baal117 (that is, Kiriath Jearim118) and Rabbah119--two towns and their villages.

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                                      61 In the wilderness:120 Beth Arabah,121 Middin, Sekakah,

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                                          62 Nibshan, the City of Salt and En Gedi122--six towns and their villages.

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                                          63 Judah could not123 dislodge the Jebusites124, who were living in Jerusalem;125 to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.126

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