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.

Read Joshua 21:43 Using Other Translations

And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
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.
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.

What does Joshua 21:43 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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