1These are the inheritances which the children of Israel took in
the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and
the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the children of
Israel, distributed to them,
2by the lot of their inheritance, as Yahweh
commanded by Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half-tribe.
Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe beyond
the Jordan: but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them.
the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: and they gave
no portion to the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with the
suburbs of it for their livestock and for their substance.
commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; and they divided the land.
6Then the children of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the
son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the thing that Yahweh
spoke to Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning you in
7Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of Yahweh
sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again
as it was in my heart.
8Nevertheless my brothers who went up with me made
the heart of the people melt; but I wholly followed Yahweh my God.
swore on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon your foot has trodden
shall be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have
wholly followed Yahweh my God.
10Now, behold, Yahweh has kept me alive,
as he spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that Yahweh spoke this
word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness: and now, behold, I am
this day eighty-five years old.
11As yet I am as strong this day as I as
in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my
strength now, for war, and to go out and to come in.
12Now therefore give
me this hill country, of which Yahweh spoke in that day; for you heard in that
day how the Anakim were there, and cities great and fortified: it may be that
Yahweh will be with me, and I shall drive them out, as Yahweh spoke.
13Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh
for an inheritance.
14Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb
the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day; because that he wholly
followed Yahweh, the God of Israel.
15Now the name of Hebron before was
Kiriath Arba; which Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. The
land had rest from war.