Joshua 21:43

43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.

Joshua 21:43 in Other Translations

KJV
43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
ESV
43 Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there.
NLT
43 So the LORD gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.
MSG
43 And so God gave Israel the entire land that he had solemnly vowed to give to their ancestors. They took possession of it and made themselves at home in it.
CSB
43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.

Joshua 21:43 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 21:43

And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to
give unto their fathers
It was all given them by lot, whether subdued or not subdued, and the far greater part was actually put into their hands, and they had as much as they could for the present occupy and cultivate; and such as were in the hands of the Canaanites, were subject to pay tribute to them; and it was owing to their own slothfulness and sluggishness that they did not possess more hereafter; though it was the will of God that their enemies should be driven out by little and little, until the Israelites were so increased as to occupy the whole, lest any part of the land should lie waste and become barren, and lest the wild beasts of the field should multiply upon them:

and they possessed it, and dwelt therein;
each according to their lot in the several places assigned them, as many cities as they could at present people, and as much land as they could now manage.

Joshua 21:43 In-Context

41 The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.
42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.
43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.
44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands.
45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Deuteronomy 34:4
  • 2. Deuteronomy 11:31
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 17:14