Joshua 14

1Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of all the family groups of Israel decided what land to give to the people. 2The Lord had commanded Moses long ago the way he wanted the people to choose their land. The people of the nine and a half family groups threw lots to decide which land they would get. 3Moses had already given the two and a half family groups their land east of the Jordan River. But the family group of Levi was not given any land like the other people. 4˻The twelve family groups were given their own land.˼ The sons of Joseph had divided into two family groups—Manasseh and Ephraim. ˻And each family group received some land. But˼ the people from the family group of Levi were not given any land. They were given only some towns to live in. ˻And these towns were in every family group’s land.˼ They were also given fields for their animals. 5The Lord had told Moses how to divide the land among the family groups of Israel. The people of Israel divided the land the way the Lord had commanded. 6One day some people from the family group of Judah went to Joshua at Gilgal. One of those people was Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite. Caleb said to Joshua, “You remember the things the Lord said at Kadesh Barnea. The Lord was speaking to Moses, his servant. The Lord was talking about you and me. 7Moses, the Lord’s servant, sent me to look at the land where we were going. I was 40 years old at that time. When I came back I told Moses what I thought about the land. 8The other men that went with me told the people things that made them afraid. But I truly believed that the Lord would allow us to take that land. 9So that day Moses made a promise to me. He said, 'That land where you went will become your land. Your children will own that land forever. I will give you that land because you truly believed in the Lord, my God.’ 10“Now, the Lord has kept me alive 45 years—like he said he would do. During that time we all wandered in the desert. Now, here I am, 85 years old. 11I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. I am as ready to fight as I was then. 12So now, give me the hill country that the Lord promised me that day long ago. At that time, you heard that the strong Anakite people lived there. And the cities were very big and well protected. But now, maybe the Lord will be with me, and I will take that land like the Lord said.” 13Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh. Joshua gave him the city of Hebron as his own. 14And that city still belongs to the family of Caleb son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite. That land still belongs to his people because he trusted and obeyed the Lord, God of Israel. 15In the past that city was called Kiriath Arba. That city was named for the greatest man among the Anakite people—a man named Arba. After this, there was peace in that land.

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