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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 19: Allotments for the other Six Tribes

 

v.1-9 Allotment for Simeon

v.10-16 Allotment for Zebulun

v.17-23 Allotment for Issachar

v.24-31 Allotment for Asher

v.32-39 Allotment for Naphtali

v.40- 48 Allotment for Dan

v.49-51 Allotment for Joshua

 

[Notes: All this chapter comprises large numbers of names of towns, many of which either no longer exist or are difficult to identify, so we will add no further notes in this chapter. These are the remaining six of the seven tribes mentioned in the previous chapter, with land allocated by lot.]

 

v.1-9 Allotment for Simeon

 

v.1 The second lot came out for the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. Their inheritance lay within the territory of Judah.

2-6 It included:

Beersheba (or Sheba), Moladah, Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susah, Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhen—thirteen towns and their villages;

7,8 Ain, Rimmon, Ether and Ashan—four towns and their villages— and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer (Ramah in the Negev).

This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Simeonites, according to its clans.

9 The inheritance of the Simeonites was taken from the share of Judah, because Judah's portion was more than they needed. So the Simeonites received their inheritance within the territory of Judah.

 

 

v.10-16 Allotment for Zebulun

 

v.10  The third lot came up for Zebulun according to its clans:

The boundary of their inheritance went as far as Sarid.

11 Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam.

12 It turned east from Sarid toward the sunrise to the territory of Kisloth Tabor and went on to Daberath and up to Japhia.

13 Then it continued eastward to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin; it came out at Rimmon and turned toward Neah.

14 There the boundary went around on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El.

15 Included were Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah and Bethlehem. There were twelve towns and their villages.

16 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of Zebulun, according to its clans.

 

 

v.17-23 Allotment for Issachar

 

v.17  The fourth lot came out for Issachar according to its clans. 18 Their territory included:

Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 22 The boundary touched Tabor, Shahazumah and Beth Shemesh, and ended at the Jordan. There were sixteen towns and their villages.

23 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar, according to its clans.

 

 

v.24-31 Allotment for Asher

 

v.24  The fifth lot came out for the tribe of Asher according to its clans.

25 Their territory included:

Helkath, Hali, Beten, Akshaph,

26 Allammelek, Amad and Mishal. On the west the boundary touched Carmel and Shihor Libnath.

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.

28 It went to Abdon, Rehob, Hammon and Kanah, as far as Greater Sidon.

29 The boundary then turned back toward Ramah and went to the fortified city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah and came out at the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Akzib, 30 Ummah, Aphek and Rehob. There were twenty-two towns and their villages.

31 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher, according to its clans.

 

 

v.32-39 Allotment for Naphtali

 

v.32  The sixth lot came out for Naphtali according to its clans:

33 Their boundary went from Heleph and the large tree in Zaanannim, passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan. 34 The boundary ran west through Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok. It touched Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west and the Jordan on the east. 35 The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 37 Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, 38 Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath and Beth Shemesh. There were nineteen towns and their villages.

39 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, according to its clans.

 

 

v.40- 48 Allotment for Dan

 

v.40  The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans. 41 The territory of their inheritance included:

Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46 Me Jarkon and Rakkon, with the area facing Joppa.

47 (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them, they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their ancestor.)

48 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, according to its clans.

 

 

v.49-51 Allotment for Joshua

 

v.49  When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them,

v.50  as the Lord had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there.

 

v.51  These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land.

   

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