Simeon 19 1The second lot went to Simeon for its clans. Their inheritance was within the territory of Judah. 2In their inheritance they had: Beersheba (or Sheba), Moladah, 3Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, 4Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, 5Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, 6Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen— thirteen towns and their villages. 7Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan— four towns and their villages—8plus all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer, the Ramah of the Negev. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. 9The inheritance of Simeon came out of the share of Judah, because Judah’s portion turned out to be more than they needed. That’s how the people of Simeon came to get their lot from within Judah’s portion. Zebulun 10The third lot went to Zebulun, clan by clan: The border of their inheritance went all the way to Sarid. 11It ran west to Maralah, met Dabbesheth, and then went to the brook opposite Jokneam. 12In the other direction from Sarid, the border ran east; it followed the sunrise to the border of Kisloth Tabor, on to Daberath and up to Japhia. 13It continued east to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin, came out at Rimmon, and turned toward Neah. 14There the border went around on the north to Hannathon and ran out into the Valley of Iphtah El. 15It included Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem—twelve cities with their villages. 16This is the inheritance of the people of Zebulun for their clans—these towns and their villages. Issachar 17The fourth lot went to Issachar, clan by clan. 18Their territory included: Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez. 22The boundary touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh and ended at the Jordan—sixteen towns and their villages. 23These towns with their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar, clan by clan. Asher 24The fifth lot went to the tribe of Asher, clan by clan: 25Their territory included Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, 26Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal. The western border touched Carmel and Shihor Libnath, 27then turned east toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El, and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, skirting Cabul on the left. 28It went on to Abdon, Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah, all the way to Greater Sidon. 29The border circled back toward Ramah, extended to the fort city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah, and came out at the Sea in the region of Aczib, 30Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob—twenty–two towns and their villages. 31These towns and villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher, clan by clan. Naphtali 32The sixth lot came to Naphtali and its clans. 33Their border ran from Heleph, from the oak at Zaanannim, passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan. 34The border returned on the west at Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok, meeting Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west, and the Jordan on the east. The fort cities were: 35Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 36Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 37Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, 38Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh— nineteen towns and their villages. 39This is the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, the cities and their villages, clan by clan. Dan 40The seventh lot fell to Dan. 41The territory of their inheritance included: Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46Me Jarkon, and Rakkon, with the region facing Joppa. 47But the people of Dan failed to get rid of the Westerners (Amorites), who pushed them back into the hills. The Westerners kept them out of the plain and they didn’t have enough room. So the people of Dan marched up and attacked Leshem. They took it, killed the inhabitants, and settled in. They renamed it Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their ancestor. 48This is the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, according to its clans, these towns with their villages. 49They completed the dividing of the land as inheritance and the setting of its boundaries. The People of Israel then gave an inheritance among them to Joshua son of Nun. 50In obedience to God’s word, they gave him the city which he had requested, Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the city and settled there. 51These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and the ancestral leaders assigned by lot to the tribes of Israel at Shiloh in the presence of God at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. They completed the dividing of the land.
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