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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Joshua 15:1-63

15  And the lot+ of the tribe of the sons of Judah by their families came to be to the boundary of Eʹdom,+ the wilderness of Zin,+ to the Negʹeb+ at its southern end.  And their southern boundary came to be from the extremity of the Salt Sea,+ from the bay that faces southward.  And it went out southward to the ascent* of A·krabʹbim+ and passed over to Zin+ and went up from the south to Kaʹdesh-barʹne·a+ and passed over to Hezʹron and went up to Adʹdar and went around to Karʹka.  And it passed on to Azʹmon+ and went out to the torrent valley of Egypt;+ and the boundary’s termination proved to be at the sea. This came to be their* southern boundary.  And the eastern boundary was the Salt Sea up to the end* of the Jordan, and the boundary at the northern corner was at the bay of the sea, at the end of the Jordan.+  And the boundary went up to Beth-hogʹlah+ and passed over at the north of Beth-arʹa·bah,+ and the boundary went up to the stone of Boʹhan+ the son of Reuʹben.  And the boundary went up to Deʹbir at the low plain of Aʹchor+ and turning northward to Gilʹgal,+ which is in front of the ascent of A·dumʹmim, which is south of the torrent valley; and the boundary passed over to the waters of En-sheʹmesh,+ and its termination proved to be En-roʹgel.+  And the boundary went up to the valley of the son of Hinʹnom+ to the slope of the Jebʹu·site+ at the south, that is to say, Jerusalem;+ and the boundary went up to the top of the mountain that faces the valley of Hinʹnom* to the west, which is at the extremity of the low plain of Rephʹa·im+ to the north.  And the boundary was marked out from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Neph·toʹah,+ and went out to the cities of Mount Eʹphron; and the boundary was marked out to Baʹal·ah,+ that is to say, Kirʹi·ath-jeʹa·rim.+ 10  And the boundary went around from Baʹal·ah westward to Mount Seʹir and passed over to the slope of Mount Jeʹa·rim at the north, that is to say, Chesʹa·lon; and it went down to Beth-sheʹmesh+ and passed over to Timʹnah.+ 11  And the boundary went out to the slope of Ekʹron+ to the north, and the boundary was marked out to Shikʹke·ron and passed over to Mount Baʹal·ah and went out to Jabʹne·el; and the boundary’s termination proved to be at the sea. 12  And the western boundary was at the Great Sea+ and its shoreland. This was the boundary all around, of the sons of Judah by their families. 13  And to Caʹleb+ the son of Je·phunʹneh he gave a share in the midst of the sons of Judah at the order of Jehovah to Joshua, namely, Kirʹi·ath-arʹba ([said Arʹba being] the father of Aʹnak), that is to say, Heʹbron.+ 14  So Caʹleb drove away from there the three sons of Aʹnak,+ namely, Sheʹshai+ and A·hiʹman and Talʹmai,+ those born of Aʹnak.*+ 15  Then he went up from there to the inhabitants of Deʹbir.+ (Now the name of Deʹbir before that was Kirʹi·ath-seʹpher.)+ 16  And Caʹleb proceeded to say: “Whoever strikes Kirʹi·ath-seʹpher and does capture it, I shall certainly give him Achʹsah+ my daughter as a wife.” 17  At that Othʹni·el+ the son of Keʹnaz,+ Caʹleb’s brother, captured it. Accordingly he gave him Achʹsah+ his daughter as a wife. 18  And it came about that when she was going home, she kept inciting him to ask a field from her father. Then she clapped her hands while upon the ass.* At this Caʹleb said to her: “What do you want?”+ 19  So she said: “Do give me a blessing, for it is a piece of land to the south you have given me, and you must give me Gulʹloth-maʹim.”* Accordingly he gave her Upper Gulʹloth and Lower Gulʹloth.*+ 20  This was the inheritance+ of the tribe of the sons of Judah+ by their families. 21  And the cities at the extremity of the tribe of the sons of Judah toward the boundary of Eʹdom+ in the south came to be Kabʹze·el+ and Eʹder and Jaʹgur, 22  and Kiʹnah and Di·moʹnah and A·daʹdah, 23  and Keʹdesh and Haʹzor and Ithʹnan, 24  Ziph and Teʹlem+ and Be·aʹloth, 25  and Haʹzor-ha·datʹtah and Keʹri·oth-hezʹron, that is to say, Haʹzor, 26  Aʹmam and Sheʹma and Mo·laʹdah,+ 27  and Haʹzar-gadʹdah and Heshʹmon and Beth-pelʹet,+ 28  and Haʹzar-shuʹal+ and Beʹer-sheʹba+ and Biz·i·o·thiʹah, 29  Baʹal·ah+ and Iʹim and Eʹzem,+ 30  and El·toʹlad and Cheʹsil and Horʹmah,+ 31  and Zikʹlag+ and Mad·manʹnah and San·sanʹnah, 32  and Le·baʹoth and Shilʹhim and Aʹin+ and Rimʹmon;+ all the cities being twenty-nine, together with their settlements. 33  In the She·pheʹlah+ there were Eshʹta·ol+ and Zoʹrah+ and Ashʹnah, 34  and Za·noʹah+ and En-ganʹnim, Tapʹpu·ah and Eʹnam, 35  Jarʹmuth+ and A·dulʹlam,+ Soʹcoh+ and A·zeʹkah,+ 36  and Shaʹa·raʹim+ and Ad·i·thaʹim and Ge·deʹrah and Ged·e·ro·thaʹim; fourteen cities and their settlements. 37  Zeʹnan and Ha·dashʹah and Migʹdal-gad, 38  and Diʹle·an and Mizʹpeh and Jokʹthe·el, 39  Laʹchish+ and Bozʹkath+ and Egʹlon,+ 40  and Cabʹbon and Lahʹmam and Chitʹlish, 41  and Ge·deʹroth, Beth-daʹgon and Naʹa·mah and Mak·keʹdah;+ sixteen cities and their settlements. 42  Libʹnah+ and Eʹther+ and Aʹshan, 43  and Iphʹtah and Ashʹnah and Neʹzib, 44  and Keiʹlah+ and Achʹzib+ and Ma·reʹshah;+ nine cities and their settlements. 45  Ekʹron+ and its dependent towns* and its settlements. 46  From Ekʹron westward all that is alongside Ashʹdod and their settlements. 47  Ashʹdod,+ its dependent towns and its settlements; Gaʹza,+ its dependent towns and its settlements, down to the torrent valley of Egypt, and the Great Sea* and the adjacent region.+ 48  And in the mountainous region Shaʹmir and Jatʹtir+ and Soʹcoh, 49  and Danʹnah and Kirʹi·ath-sanʹnah, that is to say, Deʹbir, 50  and Aʹnab and Eshʹte·moh+ and Aʹnim, 51  and Goʹshen+ and Hoʹlon and Giʹloh;+ eleven cities and their settlements. 52  Arab and Duʹmah and Eʹshan, 53  and Jaʹnim and Beth-tapʹpu·ah and A·pheʹkah, 54  and Humʹtah and Kirʹi·ath-arʹba, that is to say, Heʹbron,+ and Ziʹor; nine cities and their settlements. 55  Maʹon,+ Carʹmel and Ziph+ and Jutʹtah, 56  and Jezʹre·el and Jokʹde·am and Za·noʹah, 57  Kaʹin, Gibʹe·ah and Timʹnah;+ ten cities and their settlements. 58  Halʹhul, Beth-zur and Geʹdor, 59  and Maʹa·rath and Beth-aʹnoth and Elʹte·kon; six cities and their settlements. 60  Kirʹi·ath-baʹal,+ that is to say, Kirʹi·ath-jeʹa·rim,+ and Rabʹbah; two cities and their settlements. 61  In the wilderness Beth-arʹa·bah,+ Midʹdin and Se·caʹcah, 62  and Nibʹshan and the City of Salt and En-geʹdi;+ six cities and their settlements. 63  As for the Jebʹu·sites+ who were dwelling in Jerusalem,+ the sons of Judah were not able to drive them away;+ and the Jebʹu·sites continue dwelling with the sons of Judah in Jerusalem down to this day.


Or, “pass.”
“Their,” LXX; MSy, “your”; Vg omits.
Or, “mouth.”
“Valley of Hinnom.” Heb., gheh-Hin·nomʹ; LXXA(Gr.), phaʹrag·gos En·nomʹ; Lat., Ge·henʹnom. See App 4C.
See Nu 13:22 ftn.
Or, “Then she slid down (alighted) from off the ass.”
Meaning “Basin of Water.”
Or, “the upper basin and the lower basin.”
Lit., “its daughters.”
Lit., “the sea of the border; the bordering sea.” MmarginLXXSyVg, “the Great Sea.”