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1The lot for the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families reached southward to the boundary of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the farthest south. 2And their south boundary ran from the end of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward; 3it goes out southward of the ascent of Akrabʹbim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Kaʹdesh-barʹnea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karka, 4passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt, and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your south boundary. 5And the east boundary is the Salt Sea, to the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary on the north side runs from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan; 6and the boundary goes up to Beth-hoglah, and passes along north of Beth-arabah; and the boundary goes up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben; 7and the boundary goes up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and so northward, turning toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adumʹmim, which is on the south side of the valley; and the boundary passes along to the waters of En-sheʹmesh, and ends at En-roʹgel; 8then the boundary goes up by the valley of the son of Hinnom at the southern shoulder of the Jebʹusite (that is, Jerusalem); and the boundary goes up to the top of the mountain that lies over against the valley of Hinnom, on the west, at the northern end of the valley of Rephʹaim; 9then the boundary extends from the top of the mountain to the spring of the Waters of Nephtoʹah, and from there to the cities of Mount Ephron; then the boundary bends round to Baʹalah (that is, Kirʹiath-jeʹarim); 10and the boundary circles west of Baʹalah to Mount Seʹir, passes along to the northern shoulder of Mount Jeʹarim (that is, Chesʹalon), and goes down to Beth-sheʹmesh, and passes along by Timnah; 11the boundary goes out to the shoulder of the hill north of Ekron, then the boundary bends round to Shikʹkeron, and passes along to Mount Baʹalah, and goes out to Jabneel; then the boundary comes to an end at the sea. 12And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coast-line. This is the boundary round about the people of Judah according to their families.

13According to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunʹneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kirʹiath-arʹba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). 14And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheʹshai and Ahiʹman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak. 15And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir; now the name of Debir formerly was Kirʹiath-seʹpher. 16And Caleb said, “Whoever smites Kirʹiath-seʹpher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.” 17And Othʹni-el the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife. 18When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field; and she alighted from her ass, and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” 19She said to him, “Give me a present; since you have set me in the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

20This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families. 21The cities belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22Kinah, Dimoʹnah, Adaʹdah, 23Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24Ziph, Telem, Be-aʹloth, 25Haʹzor-hadatʹtah, Kerʹi-oth-hezron (that is, Hazor), 26Amam, Shema, Molaʹdah, 27Haʹzar-gadʹdah, Heshmon, Beth-peʹlet, 28Hazar-shuʹal, Beer-sheba, Biziothiʹah, 29Baʹalah, Iʹim, Ezem, 30Eltoʹlad, Chesil, Hormah, 31Ziklag, Madmanʹnah, Sansanʹnah, 32Lebaʹoth, Shilhim, Aʹin, and Rimmon: in all, twenty-nine cities, with their villages.

33And in the lowland, Eshtaʹol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34Zanoʹah, En-ganʹnim, Tapʹpuah, Enam, 35Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azeʹkah, 36Sha-araʹim, Adithaʹim, Gedeʹrah, Gederothaʹim: fourteen cities with their villages.

37Zenan, Hadashʹah, Migʹdal-gad, 38Diʹlean, Mizpeh, Jokʹtheel, 39Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish, 41Gedeʹroth, Beth-daʹgon, Naʹamah, and Makkeʹdah: sixteen cities with their villages.

42Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44Keiʹlah, Achzib, and Mareʹshah: nine cities with their villages.

45Ekron, with its towns and its villages; 46from Ekron to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

47Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coast-line.

48And in the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49Dannah, Kirʹiath-sanʹnah (that is, Debir), 50Anab, Eshʹtemoh, Anim, 51Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

52Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53Janim, Beth-tapʹpuah, Apheʹkah, 54Humtah, Kirʹiath-arʹba (that is, Hebron), and Ziʹor: nine cities with their villages.

55Maʹon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56Jezreel, Jokʹde-am, Zanoʹah, 57Kain, Gibʹeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

58Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor, 59Maʹarath, Beth-anoth, and Elʹtekon: six cities with their villages.

60Kirʹiath-baʹal (that is, Kirʹiath-jeʹarim), and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

61In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secaʹcah, 62Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En-geʹdi: six cities with their villages.

63But the Jebʹusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out; so the Jebʹusites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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