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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Joshua

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CONTEXT

Part 3: Ch.13-22: Allocating the Land

Ch.13 – Land still to be taken & Land east of the Jordan

Ch.14 – Main Land Allocations & Caleb's land

Ch.15 – Land Allocations for Judah (& Caleb)

Ch.16 – Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh

Ch.17 – Allotment for Manasseh (Cont.)

Ch.18 – The Seven tribes & Benjamin

Ch.19 – Allotments for the other Six Tribes

Ch.20 – Cities of Refuge

Ch.21 – Towns for the Levites

Ch.22 – Eastern Tribes Return Home

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Joshua 13: Land still to be taken & Land east of the Jordan

 

v.1-7 Land Still to Be Taken

v.8-33 Division of the Land East of the Jordan

 

[Note: Please see our note on place names at the beginning of chapter 10]

 

 

v.1-7 Land Still to Be Taken

 

v.1 When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.

v.2 “This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines [to the south-west of Canaan ] and Geshurites, [ to the east of the Dead Sea]

v.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

v.4 on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians [the area between Tyre & Sidon in the north] as far as Aphek [north of the Philistines territory nearer the south] and the border of the Amorites;

v.5 the area of Byblos [north of Sidon, i.e. far north]; and all Lebanon to the east [also to the far north], from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon [north east] to Lebo Hamath.[also far north east]

v.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,

v.7 and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”

 

[Notes: Although the main central body of Canaan had been taken, there were still areas that were NOT under their control, in the far south west, to the east of the Dead Sea and to the far north and north east.]

 

 

v.8-33 Division of the Land East of the Jordan

 

v.8 The other half of Manasseh, the Reubenites and the Gadites had received the inheritance that Moses had given them east of the Jordan, as he, the servant of the Lord , had assigned it to them.

9 It extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and included the whole plateau of Medeba as far as Dibon,

10 and all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, out to the border of the Ammonites.

11 It also included Gilead, the territory of the people of Geshur and Maakah, all of Mount Hermon and all Bashan as far as Salekah—

12 that is, the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. (He was the last of the Rephaites.) Moses had defeated them and taken over their land.

v.13  But the Israelites did not drive out the people of Geshur and Maakah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.

v.14 But to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, since the food offerings presented to the Lord , the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as he promised them.

 

v.15 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Reuben, according to its clans:

16 The territory from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and the whole plateau past Medeba

17-19 to Heshbon and all its towns on the plateau, including Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon, Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath, Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar on the hill in the valley,

20 Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth Jeshimoth—

21 all the towns on the plateau and the entire realm of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled at Heshbon. Moses had defeated him and the Midianite chiefs, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—princes allied with Sihon—who lived in that country.

22 In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.

23 The boundary of the Reubenites was the bank of the Jordan. These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Reubenites, according to their clans.

 

v.24 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Gad, according to its clans:

25 The territory of Jazer, all the towns of Gilead and half the Ammonite country as far as Aroer, near Rabbah;

26 and from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir;

27 and in the valley, Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Sukkoth and Zaphon with the rest of the realm of Sihon king of Heshbon (the east side of the Jordan, the territory up to the end of the Sea of Galilee).

28 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Gadites, according to their clans.

 

v.29 This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, according to its clans:

30 The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, the entire realm of Og king of Bashan—all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns,

31 half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh—for half of the sons of Makir, according to their clans.

32 This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of Moab across the Jordan east of Jericho.

v.33 But to the tribe of Levi , Moses had given no inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.

 

[Notes: The land to the east of the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan river, and the Dead Sea is occupied by the two and a half tribes who Moses had agreed could settle there after their soldiers had helped the main force taking the main land.]

   

   

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