Joshua Chapter 14 |
1And these are the allotments of the Israelites in the land of Canaan, that were apportioned to them by the priest Eleazar, by Joshua son of Nun, and by the heads of the ancestral houses of the Israelite tribes, 2the portions that fell to them by lot, as the Lord had commanded through Moses for the nine and a half tribes. 3For the portion of the other two and a half tribes had been assigned to them by Moses on the other side of the Jordan. He had not assigned any portion among them to the Levites; 4for whereas the descendants of Joseph constituted two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, the Levites were assigned no share in the land, but only some towns to live in, with the pastures for their livestock and cattle. 5Just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites did when they apportioned the land.
6The Judites approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know what instructions the Lord gave at Kadesh-barnea to Moses, the man of God, concerning you and me. 7I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I gave him a forthright report. 8While my companions who went up with me took the heart out of the people, I was loyal to the Lord my God. 9On that day, Moses promised on oath, ‘The land on which your foot trod shall be a portion for you and your descendants forever, because you were loyal to the Lord my God.’ 10Now the Lord has preserved me, as He promised. It is forty-five years since the Lord made this promise to Moses, when Israel was journeying through the wilderness; and here I am today, eighty-five years old. 11I am still as strong today as on the day that Moses sent me; my strength is the same now as it was then, for battle and for activity. 12So assign to me this hill country as the Lord promised on that day. Though you too heard on that day that Anakites are there and great fortified cities, if only the Lord is with me, I will dispossess them, as the Lord promised.”
13So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and assigned Hebron to him as his portion.
14Thus Hebron became the portion of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, as it still is, because he was loyal to the Lord, the God of Israel. —
15The name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba: [Arba] was the great man among the Anakites.
And the land had rest from war.