Joshua 19:27

27 It then turned east toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El, and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, passing Kabul on the left.

Read Joshua 19:27 Using Other Translations

And turneth toward the sunrising to Bethdagon, and reacheth to Zebulun, and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek, and Neiel, and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand,
then it turns eastward, it goes to Beth-dagon, and touches Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel. Then it continues in the north to Cabul,
then it turned east toward Beth-dagon, and ran as far as Zebulun in the valley of Iphtah-el, going north to Beth-emek and Neiel. It then continued north to Cabul,

What does Joshua 19:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 19:27

And turneth towards the sunrising
Or eastward,

to Bethdagon;
there was a city of this name in the tribe of Judah, (See Gill on Joshua 15:41). Dagon, being a god of the Phoenicians, had temples built for him in various places in Canaan:

and reacheth to Zebulun;
not the tribe of Zebulun, but a city so called, the same Josephus F15 calls a strong city of Galilee, which had the name of Men, perhaps from the populousness of it, and separated Ptolemais from Judea;

and to the valley of Jiphthahel;
see ( Joshua 19:14 ) ;

toward the north side of Bethemek;
of Bethemek no mention is made elsewhere: perhaps here was an idol temple before dedicated to the god of the valleys; see ( 1 Kings 20:28 ) ;

and Neiel;
which the Greek version calls Inael, of which Jerom says {p}, it is a certain village called Betoaenea, fifteen miles from Caesarea, situated on a mountain to the east, on which are said to be wholesome baths:

and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand;
not the land of Cabul, ( 1 Kings 9:13 ) ; but a city, which Josephus F17 calls a village on the borders of Ptolemais. The Jews F18 speak of a city of this name, destroyed because of contentions in it.


FOOTNOTES:

F15 De Bello Jud. l. 2. c. 18. sect. 9.
F16 De loc. Heb. fol. 88. I.
F17 Vita ejus, sect. 43.
F18 Echa Rabbati, fol. 75. 4.
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