The Tribes Meet at Shiloh
18:1 The entire Israelite community assembled at Shiloh and there they set up the tent of meeting.1 Though they had subdued the land,2
18:2 seven Israelite tribes had not been assigned their allotted land.3
18:3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long do you intend to put off occupying4 the land the
18:8 When the men started out, Joshua told those going to map out the land, “Go, walk through the land, map it out, and return to me. Then I will draw lots for you before the
Benjamin’s Tribal Lands
18:11 The first lot belonged to the tribe of Benjamin13 by its clans. Their allotted territory was between Judah and Joseph.14 18:12 Their northern border started at the Jordan, went up to the slope of Jericho15 on the north, ascended westward to the hill country, and extended to the desert of Beth Aven. 18:13 It then crossed from there to Luz, to the slope of Luz to the south (that is, Bethel),16 and descended to Ataroth Addar located on the hill that is south of lower Beth Horon. 18:14 It then turned on the west side southward from the hill near Beth Horon on the south and extended to Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a city belonging to the tribe17 of Judah. This is the western border.18 18:15 The southern side started on the edge of Kiriath Jearim and extended westward to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 18:16 The border then descended to the edge of the hill country near the Valley of Ben Hinnom located in the Valley of the Rephaites to the north. It descended through the Valley of Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites to the south and then down to En Rogel. 18:17 It went northward, extending to En Shemesh and Geliloth opposite the Pass19 of Adummim, and descended to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18:18 It crossed to the slope in front of the Arabah to the north and descended into the Arabah. 18:19 It then crossed to the slope of Beth Hoglah to the north and ended at the northern tip of the Salt Sea20 at the mouth of the Jordan River.21 This was the southern border. 18:20 The Jordan River borders it on the east. These were the borders of the land assigned to the tribe of Benjamin by its clans.22
18:21 These cities belonged to the tribe23 of Benjamin by its clans: Jericho,24 Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, 18:22 Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel,25 18:23 Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 18:24 Kephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba – a total of twelve cities and their towns.
18:25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 18:26 Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 18:27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 18:28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city26 (that is, Jerusalem),27 Gibeah, and Kiriath – a total of fourteen cities and their towns.28 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Benjamin29 by its clans.