Joshua 18

1All of the Israelite people gathered together at Shiloh. At that place they set up the Meeting Tent. The people of Israel controlled that country. They had defeated all the enemies in that land. 2But at this time there were still seven family groups of Israel that had not yet gotten the land God had promised them. 3So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Why do you wait so long to take your land? The Lord, the God of your fathers, has given this land to you. 4So each of your family groups should choose three men. I will send those men out to study the land. They will describe that land, and then they will come back to me. 5They will divide the land into seven parts. The people of Judah will keep their land in the south. The people of Joseph will keep their land in the north. 6But you should describe the land and divide it into seven parts. Bring the map to me, and we will let the Lord our God decide which family group will get which land. 7The Levite people do not get a share of the land. Their share is to serve the Lord as priests. Gad, Reuben, and half the family group of Manasseh have already received the land that was promised to them. They are on the east side of the Jordan River. Moses, the Lord’s servant, already gave them that land.” 8So the men that were chosen went to look at the land and write a description of it. Joshua told them, “Go all through the land and write a description of it. Then come back to me at Shiloh. Then I will throw lots and let the Lord divide the land for you.” 9So the men went into the land. The men went all through the land and wrote a description of it for Joshua. They listed all the cities and divided the land into seven parts. Then they went back to Joshua at Shiloh. 10Joshua threw lots for them in front of the Lord at Shiloh. In this way, Joshua divided the land and gave each family group its part of the land. 11The family group of Benjamin was given the land that was between the areas of Judah and Joseph. Each family in the family group of Benjamin got their land. This is the land that was chosen for Benjamin: 12The northern border started at the Jordan River. The border went along the northern edge of Jericho. Then the border went west into the hill country. The border continued until it was just east of Beth Aven. 13Then the border went south to Luz (Bethel). Then the border went down to Ataroth Addar. Ataroth Addar is on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon. 14At the hill south of Beth Horon, the border turned south and went along the west side of the hill. The border went to Kiriath Baal (also called Kiriath Jearim). This town belonged to the people of Judah. This was the western border. 15The southern border started near Kiriath Jearim and went to the River of Nephtoah. 16Then the border went down to the bottom of the hill near the valley of Ben Hinnom, north of Rephaim Valley. The border continued down Hinnom Valley just south of the Jebusite city. Then the border went on to En Rogel. 17There, the border turned north and went to En Shemesh. The border continued to Geliloth. (Geliloth is near the Adummim Pass in the mountains.) The border went down to the Great Stone that was named for Bohan, the son of Reuben. 18The border continued to the northern part of Beth Arabah. Then the border went down into the Jordan Valley. 19Then the border went to the northern part of Beth Hoglah and ended at the north shore of the Dead Sea. This is where the Jordan River flows into that sea. That was the southern border. 20The Jordan River was the eastern border. So this was the land that was given to the family group of Benjamin. Those were the borders on all sides. 21Each family got its land. These are their cities: Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, 22Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24Kephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba. There were twelve cities and their fields around them. 25The family group of Benjamin also got Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 27Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city ˻(Jerusalem)˼, Gibeah, and Kiriath. There were 14 cities and the fields around them. The family group of Benjamin got all these areas.

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