18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel
assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the a tabernacle
of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before
(a) For they had now removed it from Gilgal, and set it up
18:2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven
tribes, b which had not yet received their inheritance.
(b) As Eleazar, Joshua, and the heads of the tribes had
done to Judah, Ephraim, and half of Manasseh.
18:4 Give out from among you three men for [each] tribe: and I
will send them, and they shall rise, and go through the
land, and describe it according to c the inheritance of
them; and they shall come [again] to me.
(c) That is, into seven portions, one to every tribe.
18:5 And they shall divide it into seven parts: Judah shall
abide in their coast on the south, and the house of Joseph
shall d abide in their coasts on the north.
(d) For these had their inheritance already appointed.
18:6 Ye shall therefore describe the land [into] seven parts,
and bring [the description] hither to me, that I may cast
lots for you here before the e LORD our God.
(e) Before the ark of the Lord.
18:7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the f
priesthood of the LORD [is] their inheritance: and Gad, and
Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh, have received their
inheritance beyond Jordan on the east, which Moses the
servant of the LORD gave them.
(f) That is, the sacrifices and offerings, (Jos 13:14).
18:8 And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them
that went to g describe the land, saying, Go and walk
through the land, and describe it, and come again to me,
that I may here cast lots for you before the LORD in
(g) By writing the names of every country and city.
18:10 And Joshua h cast lots for them in Shiloh before the
LORD: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children
of Israel according to their divisions.
(h) That everyone should be content with God's appointment.
18:11 And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came
up according to their families: and the coast of their lot
came forth i between the children of Judah and the
children of Joseph.
(i) Their inheritance bordered on Judah and Joseph.
18:13 And the border went over from thence toward Luz, to the
side of Luz, which [is] k Bethel, southward; and the
border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that
[lieth] on the south side of the nether Bethhoron.
(k) Which was in the tribe of Ephraim: another Bethel was
in the tribe of Benjamin.
18:17 And was drawn from the north, and went forth to l
Enshemesh, and went forth toward Geliloth, which [is] over
against the going up of Adummim, and descended to the
stone of Bohan the son of Reuben,
(l) Which is in the tribe of Ephraim.
18:19 And the border passed along to the side of Bethhoglah
northward: and the outgoings of the border were at the
north bay of the salt sea at the south m end of Jordan:
this [was] the south coast.
(m) To the very straight, where the river runs into the
18:28 And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which [is] n Jerusalem,
Gibeath, [and] Kirjath; fourteen cities with their
villages. This [is] the inheritance of the children of
Benjamin according to their families.
(n) Which was not completely in the tribe of Benjamin, but
part of it was also in the tribe of Judah.