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Joshua 14

The Land West Of The Jordan Is Divided

1 These are the lands which the people of Israel received in the land of Canaan. They were given to them as a gift by Eleazar the religious leader, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the families of the people of Israel. 2 Their share was decided upon by drawing names, as the Lord told Moses, for the nine families and the half-family group. 3 For Moses had given land to the two families and the half-family group east of the Jordan. But he did not give land to the Levites among them. 4 Because the sons of Joseph were two families, Manasseh and Ephraim. And they did not give part of the land to the Levites. They only gave them cities to live in, with fields for their animals and whatever they had. 5 The people of Israel did just as the Lord had told Moses. They divided the land.

Caleb Gets Hebron

6 Then the sons of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, "You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God about you and me in Kadesh-barnea. 7 I was forty years old when the Lord's servant Moses sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land. I returned with news for him as it was in my heart. 8 My brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people weak with fear. But I followed the Lord my God with all my heart. 9 So Moses promised on that day, 'For sure the land where your foot has stepped will be a gift to you and your children forever. Because you have followed the Lord my God with all your heart.' 10 Now see, the Lord has let me live, as He said, these forty-five years since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel walked in the desert. Today I am eighty-five years old. 11 I am as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me. I am as strong now as I was then, for war, or for anything. 12 So now give me this hill country the Lord spoke about on that day. For you heard then that big powerful men were there, with strong cities with high walls. If the Lord will be with me, I will drive them out just as the Lord said."

13 So Joshua prayed that God would favor him. And he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his share. 14 Hebron became the land of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day. Because he followed the Lord God of Israel with all his heart. 15 The name of Hebron had been Kiriath-arba. For Arba was the most powerful among the big powerful men. Then the land had rest from war.

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