The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh1 and set up the tent of meeting2 there. The country was brought under their control,
but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance.
So Joshua said to the Israelites: "How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you?
Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it,3 according to the inheritance of each.4 Then they will return to me.
You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south5 and the house of Joseph in its territory on the north.66
After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots7 for you in the presence of the LORD our God.
The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the LORD is their inheritance.8 And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the LORD gave it to them.9"
As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua instructed them, "Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it.10 Then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here at Shiloh11 in the presence of the LORD."
So they left and went through the land. They wrote its description on a scroll, town by town, in seven parts, and returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh.
Joshua then cast lots12 for them in Shiloh in the presence13 of the LORD, and there he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their tribal divisions.14
The first lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin according to its clans. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph:
On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the wilderness15 of Beth Aven.1613
From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz17 (that is, Bethel18) and went down to Ataroth Addar19 on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.
From the hill facing Beth Horon20 on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim),21 a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side.
The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah.2216
The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim.23 It continued down the Hinnom Valley24 along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel.2517
It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth,26 which faces the Pass of Adummim,27 and ran down to the Stone of Bohan28 son of Reuben.
It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabaha29 and on down into the Arabah.3019
It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah31 and came out at the northern bay of the Dead Sea,32 at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary.
The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side. These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides.3321
The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns: Jericho, Beth Hoglah,34 Emek Keziz,
Beth Arabah,35 Zemaraim,36 Bethel,3723
Avvim,38 Parah, Ophrah,3924
Kephar Ammoni, Ophni and Geba40--twelve towns and their villages.
Gibeon,41 Ramah,42 Beeroth,4326
Mizpah,44 Kephirah,45 Mozah,
Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah,
Zelah,46 Haeleph, the Jebusite city47 (that is, Jerusalem48), Gibeah49 and Kiriath--fourteen towns and their villages.50 This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.51