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JOSHUA XVIII—THE GATHERING AT SHILOH
1 The tabernacle is set up at Shiloh. 2 The remainder of the land is described, and divided into seven parts. 10 Joshua divideth it by lot. 11 The lot and border of Benjamin. 21 Their cities.
BAND the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled
together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congre
gation there. And the land was subdued before them. 2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.
3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you?
4 Give out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send them, and they shall rise, and go through the land, and describe it according to the inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me.
5 And they shall divide it into seven parts: Judah shall abide in their coast on the south, and the house of Joseph shall abide in their coasts on the north,
6 Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.
7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance: and Gad, and Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh, have received their inheritance beyond Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant of the LORD
them. 8 ( And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may here casts lots for you before the LORD in Shiloh.
9 And the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book, and came again to Joshua to the host at Shiloh.
10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions.
11 And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up according to their families: and the coast of their lot came forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
12 And their border on the north side was from Jordan: and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountains westward; and the goings out thereof were at the wilderness of Beth-aven.
13 And the border went over from thence toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Beth-el, southward; and the border descended to Ataroth-adar, near the hill that lieth on the south side of the nether Beth-horon.
JOSHUA XVIII--BENJAMIN'S LOT
14 And the border was drawn thence, and compassed the corner of the sea southward, from the hill that lieth before Beth-horon southward: and the goings out thereof were at Kirjath-baal, which is Kirjath-jearim, a city of the children of Judah: this was the west quarter.
15 And the south quarter was from the end of Kirjath-jearim, and the border went out on the west, and went out to the well of waters of Nephtoah:
16 And the border came down to the end of the mountain that lieth before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is in the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south, and descended to En-rogel
, 17 And was drawn from the north, and went forth to En-shemesh, and went forth toward Geliloth, which is over against the going up of Adummim, and descended to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben,
18 And passed along toward the side over against Arabah northward, and went down unto Arabah:
19 And the border passed along to the side of Beth-hoglah northward: and the outgoings of the border were at the north bay of the salt sea at the south end of Jordan: this was the south coast.
20 And Jordan was the border of it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts thereof round about, according to their families.
21 Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, and Beth-hoglah, and the valley of Keziz,
22 And Beth-arabah, and Zemaraim, and Beth-el,
24 And Chephar-haammonai, and Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities with their villages:
25 Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth,
28 And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.
Chapter 19 1 The lot of Simeon. 10 of Zebulun, 17 of Issachar, 24 of Asher, 32 of Naphtali, 40 of Dan. 49 The children of
IND the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe
of the children of Simeon according to their families: and
their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Judah.
2 And they had in their inheritance Beer-sheba, and Sheba, and Moladah,
Israel give an inheritance to Joshua.
Flight of the Canaanites
“The Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died.”—Jos., 10, 11.
THEN news of Israel's alliance with Gibeon
spread through Canaan, there was new matter
for anxiety in the land; for Gibeon was one of Its greatest cities, and would furnish the invaders a secure stronghold and centre for their attacks. Immediate action was taken. All the chief city-kings of southern Palestine united their forces and marched against Gibeon, hoping to destroy it before Joshua could come to its aid.
The Gibeonites sent hurried word to their ally, and he at once set out with all his forces to the rescue. Gibeon stood high up among the mountains not far north of Jerusalem. From the valley camp at Gilgal this was a long hard night's journey for the Israelites; but they accomplished it successfully, heroically, and in the early dawning rushed upon their astonished enemies.
This was Joshua's greatest battle. The Canaanites fled and Israel pursued. The heavens also took part in the dread conflict; for as the Canaanites rushed away, a terrific storm of hail burst upon them, and beat them down. “They were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of
Israel slew with the sword.”