1 Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at aShiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.
3 So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “aHow long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?
4 “Provide for yourselves three men from 1each tribe that I may send them, and that they may arise and walk through the land and write a description of it according to their inheritance; then they shall 2return to me.
5 “They shall divide it into seven portions; aJudah shall stay in its territory on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay in their territory on the north.
6 “You shall describe the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. aI will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God.
7 “For athe Levites have no portion among you, because the priesthood of the Lord is 1their inheritance. Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh also have received their inheritance eastward beyond the Jordan, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them.”
8 Then the men arose and went, and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, “Go and walk through the land and describe it, and return to me; then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord in aShiloh.”
10 And aJoshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord, and there Joshua divided the land to the sons of Israel according to their divisions.
11 Now the lot of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin came up according to their families, and the territory of their lot 1lay between the sons of Judah and the sons of Joseph.
12 aTheir border on the north side was from the Jordan, then the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and 1it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven.
14 The border extended from there and turned round on the west side southward, from the hill which lies before Beth-horon southward; and 1it ended at Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a city of the sons of Judah. This was the west side.
15 Then the asouth side was from the edge of Kiriath-jearim, and the border went westward and went to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah.
16 The border went down to the edge of the hill which is in the avalley of Ben-hinnom, which is in the valley of Rephaim northward; and it went down to the valley of Hinnom, to the slope of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel.
17 It extended northward and went to En-shemesh and went to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, and it went down to the astone of Bohan the son of Reuben.
19 The border continued to the side of Beth-hoglah northward; and the 1border ended at the north bay of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This was the south border.
24 and Chephar-ammoni and Ophni and aGeba; twelve cities with their villages.
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