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- After they had subdued the land, the whole community of the Israelites assembled at Shiloh, where they set up the meeting tent.
- Seven tribes among the Israelites had not yet received their heritage.
- Joshua therefore said to the Israelites, "How much longer will you put off taking steps to possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?
- Choose three men from each of your tribes; I will commission them to begin a survey of the land, which they shall describe for purposes of inheritance. When they return to me
- you shall divide it into seven parts. Judah is to retain its territory in the south, and the house of Joseph its territory in the north.
- You shall bring here to me the description of the land in seven sections. I will then cast lots for you here before the LORD, our God.
- For the Levites have no share among you, because the priesthood of the LORD is their heritage; while Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received the heritage east of the Jordan which Moses, the servant of the LORD, gave them."
- When those who were to map out the land were ready for the journey, Joshua instructed them to survey the land, prepare a description of it, and return to him; then he would cast lots for them there before the LORD in Shiloh.
- So they went through the land, listed its cities in writing in seven sections, and returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh.
- Joshua then divided up the land for the Israelites into their separate shares, casting lots for them before the LORD in Shiloh.
- One lot fell to the clans of the tribe of Benjaminites. The territory allotted them lay between the descendants of Judah and those of Joseph.
- 1 Their northern boundary began at the Jordan and went over the northern flank of Jericho, up westward into the mountains, till it reached the desert of Beth-aven.
- From there it crossed over to the southern flank of Luz (that is, Bethel). Then it ran down to Ataroth-addar, on the mountaintop south of Lower Beth-horon.
- For the western border, the boundary line swung south from the mountaintop opposite Bethhoron till it reached Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), which city belonged to the Judahites. This was the western boundary.
- The southern boundary began at the limits of Kiriath-jearim and projected to the spring at Nephtoah.
- It went down to the edge of the mountain on the north of the Valley of Rephaim, where it faces the Valley of Ben-hinnom; and continuing down the Valley of Hinnom along the southern flank of the Jebusites, reached En-rogel.
- Inclining to the north, it extended to En-shemesh, and thence to Geliloth, opposite the pass of Adummim. Then it dropped to Eben-Bohan-ben-Reuben,
- across the northern flank of the Arabah overlook, down into the Aarabah.
- From there the boundary continued across the northern flank of Beth-hoglah and extended to the northern tip of the Salt Sea, at the southern end of the Jordan. This was the southern boundary.
- The Jordan bounded it on the east. This was how the heritage of the clans of the Benjaminites was bounded on all sides.
- Now the cities belonging to the clans of the tribe of the Benjaminites were: Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz,
- Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel,
- Avvim, Parah, Ophrah,
- Chephar-ammoni, Ophni and Geba; twelve cities and their villages.
- Also Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth,
- Mizpeh, Chephirah, Mozah,
- Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah,
- Zela, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah and Kiriath; fourteen cities and their villages. This was the heritage of the clans of Benjaminites.
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1 [12-20] Benjamin's northern boundary (Joshua 18:12-13) corresponded to part of the southern boundary of Ephraim Joshua 16:1-2). Their western border (Joshua 1:14) was the eastern border of Dan (cf Joshua 19:40-47). Their southern boundary (Joshua 18:15-19) corresponded to part of the northern boundary of Judah (Joshua 15:6-9).
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