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Chapter 14

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1 THE following are the possessions which the Israelites acquired in the land of Canaan, as Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families of the Israelite tribes allotted them. 2They were assigned by lot, following the LORD's command given through Moses, to the nine and a half tribes. 3To two and a half tribes Moses had given holdings beyond the Jordan; but he gave none to the Levites as he did to the other tribes. 4The tribe of Joseph formed the two tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites were given no share in the land, only towns to live in, with their common land for flocks and herds. 5So the Israelites assigned the land according to the LORD's command given to Moses.

6The tribe of Judah had come to Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, ‘You remember what the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me at Kadesh-barnea. 7I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from there to reconnoitre the land, and I brought back an honest report. 8The others who went up with me discouraged the people, but I loyally carried out the purpose of the LORD my God. 9Moses swore an oath that day: “The land on which you have set foot”, he said, “is to be your holding and your sons' after you as a possession for ever; for you have loyally carried out the purpose of the LORD my God.” 10Well, the LORD has spared my life as he promised; it is forty-five years since he made this promise to Moses, at the time when Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Now here I am at eighty-five, 11still as strong as I was on the day when Moses sent me out; I am as fit now for war as I was then and am ready to take the field again. 12Give me today this hill-country which the LORD then promised me. You yourself heard on that day that the Anakim were there and their towns were large and fortified. Perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out as he promised.’

13Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him Hebron for his holding, 14and that is why Hebron remains to this day in the possession of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite. It is because he loyally carried out the purpose of the LORD the God of Israel. 15Formerly the name of Hebron was Kiriath-arba; this Arba was the chief man of the Anakim.

The land was now at peace.

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