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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 15

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Boundaries of Judah. 1The lot for the clans of the Judahite tribe fell in the extreme south toward the boundary of Edom, the desert of Zin in the Negeb. b Nm 34, 3 . 2 c 2–4: Nm 34, 3ff . The boundary there ran from the bay that forms the southern end of the Salt Sea, 3southward below the pass of Akrabbim, across through Zin, up to a point south of Kadesh‐barnea, across to Hezron, and up to Addar; from there, looping around Karka, 4it crossed to Azmon and then joined the Wadi of Egypt before coming out at the sea. [This is your southern boundary.] 5The eastern boundary was the Salt Sea as far as the mouth of the Jordan.

6 d Jos 18, 18f. 22 . The northern boundary climbed from the bay where the Jordan meets the sea, up to Beth‐hoglah, and ran north of Beth‐arabah, up to Eben‐Bohan‐ben‐Reuben. 7Thence it climbed to Debir, north of the vale of Achor, e Jos 7, 26; 18, 16ff: 2 Sm 17, 17 . in the direction of the Gilgal that faces the pass of Adummim, on the south side of the wadi; from there it crossed to the waters of En‐shemesh and emerged at En‐rogel. 8Climbing again to the Valley of Ben‐Hinnom* on the southern flank of the Jebusites [that is, Jerusalem], the boundary rose to the top of the mountain at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim, f Jos 18, 16 . which bounds the Valley of Hinnom on the west. 9From the top of the mountain it ran to the fountain of waters of Nephtoah, g Jos 18, 15 . extended to the cities of Mount Ephron, and continued to Baalah, or Kiriath‐jearim. 10From Baalah the boundary curved westward to Mount Seir and passed north of the ridge of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon); thence it descended to Beth‐shemesh, and ran across to Timnah. 11It then extended along the northern flank of Ekron, continued through Shikkeron, and across to Mount Baalah, thence to include Jabneel, before it came out at the sea. 12The western boundary was the Great Sea and its coast. This was the complete boundary of the clans of the Judahites.

Conquest by Caleb. 13 h 13–19: Jgs 1, 10–15 . As the LORD had commanded, Joshua gave Caleb, son of Jephunneh, i Jos 14, 13ff . a portion among the Judahites, namely, Kiriath‐arba (Arba was the father of Anak), that is, Hebron. 14 j Nm 13, 22; Jgs 1, 20 . And Caleb drove out from there the three Anakim, the descendants of Anak: Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. 15From there he marched up against the inhabitants of Debir, k Jos 10, 38 . which was formerly called Kiriath‐sepher. 16Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the one who attacks Kiriath‐sepher and captures it.” 17 *Othniel, son of Caleb's brother Kenaz, captured it, and so Caleb gave him his daughter Achsah in marriage. 18On the day of her marriage to Othniel, she induced him to ask her father for some land. Then, as she alighted from the ass, Caleb asked her, “What is troubling you?” 19She answered, “Give me an additional gift! Since you have assigned to me land in the Negeb, give me also pools of water.” So he gave her the upper and the lower pools.

Cities of Judah. 20 *This is the heritage of the clans of the tribe of Judahites: 21The cities of the tribe of the Judahites in the extreme southern district toward Edom were: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23Kedesh, Hazor and Ithnan; 24Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25Hazor‐hadattah, and Kerioth‐hezron (that is, Hazor); 26Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27Hazar‐gaddah, Heshmon, Beth‐pelet, 28Hazar‐shual, Beer‐sheba, and Biziothiah, 29Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah, 31Ziklag, l 1 Sm 27, 6 . Madmannah, Sansannah, 32Lebaoth, Shilhim and En‐rimmon; a total of twenty‐nine cities with their villages.

33In the foothills:* Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34Zanoah, Engannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim; fourteen cities and their villages. 37Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal‐gad, 38Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel, 39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish, 41Gederoth, Beth‐dagon, Naamah and Makkedah; sixteen cities and their villages. 42Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44Keilah, Achzib and Mareshah; nine cities and their villages. 45Ekron and its towns and villages; 46from Ekron to the sea, all the towns that lie alongside Ashdod and their villages; 47Ashdod and its towns and villages; Gaza and its towns and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt and the coast of the Great Sea.

48In the mountain regions: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49Dannah, Kiriath‐sannah (that is, Debir), 50Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51Goshen, Holon and Giloh; eleven cities and their villages. 52Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53Janim, Beth‐tappuah, Aphekah, 54Humtah, Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron), and Zior; nine cities and their villages. 55Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57Kain, Gibbeath and Timnah; ten cities and their villages. 58Halhul, Beth‐zur, Gedor, 59Maarath, Beth‐anoth and Eltekon; six cities and their villages. Tekoa, Ephrathah (that is, Bethlehem), Peor, Etam, Kulom, Tatam, Zores, Karim, Gallim, Bether and Manoko; eleven cities and their villages. 60Kiriath‐baal (that is, Kiriath‐jearim) and Rabbah: two cities and their villages. m Jos 18, 14 .

61In the desert:* Beth‐arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62Nibshan, Ir‐hamelah and En‐gedi; six cities and their villages. 63[But the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem the Judahites could not drive out; so the Jebusites dwell in Jerusalem beside the Judahites to the present day. n Jgs 1, 21; 2 Sm 5, 6 . ]


b: Nm 34, 3 .

c: 2–4: Nm 34, 3ff .

d: Jos 18, 18f. 22 .

e: Jos 7, 26; 18, 16ff: 2 Sm 17, 17 .

f: Jos 18, 16 .

g: Jos 18, 15 .

h: 13–19: Jgs 1, 10–15 .

i: Jos 14, 13ff .

j: Nm 13, 22; Jgs 1, 20 .

k: Jos 10, 38 .

l: 1 Sm 27, 6 .

m: Jos 18, 14 .

n: Jgs 1, 21; 2 Sm 5, 6 .

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