Joshua 13:5

5 the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath.

Joshua 13:5 in Other Translations

5 And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.
5 and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath,
5 the land of the Gebalites and all of the Lebanon mountain area to the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath;
5 the country of the Gebalites; all Lebanon eastward from Baal Gad in the shadow of Mount Hermon to the Entrance of Hamath;
5 the land of the Gebalites; and all Lebanon east from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath-

Joshua 13:5 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 13:5

And the land of the Giblites
This was another country that remained unconquered; the Greeks call it Byblus, and near to which Pliny F5 speaks of a place called Gabale, and is now called Gibyle; it is F6 said to be

``pleasantly situated by the seaside, and at present it contains but a little extent of ground, but yet more than enough for the small number of its inhabitants:''

it was in greater splendour, and its inhabitants of more fame, in the times of Ezekiel, ( Ezekiel 27:9 ) ;

and all Lebanon toward the sunrising;
or east of the land; all that inhabited that mountain remained unconquered, though the conquest was carried as far as the borders thereof:

from Baalgad, under Mount Hermon;
of which see ( Joshua 11:17 ) ;

unto the entering into Hamath:
which was the north border of the land; see ( Numbers 34:8 ) .


F5 Ut supra. (Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 20.)
F6 Maundrel's Journey from Aleppo p. 33.

Joshua 13:5 In-Context

3 from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites
4 on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as Aphek and the border of the Amorites;
5 the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath.
6 “As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you,
7 and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”

Cross References 4

  • 1. 1 Kings 5:18; Psalms 83:7; Ezekiel 27:9
  • 2. S Joshua 11:17; Joshua 12:7
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 3:8
  • 4. S Numbers 13:21; Numbers 34:8; Judges 3:3
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