Joshua 13-21: Dividing up the land

The next few chapters really do just divide up the land. Most of them read like a ledger, so I’m just going to list them and who they cover.


Chapter thirteen – those three tribes from Numbers that wanted to stay on the other side of the Jordan. There is also an intro to the dividing up of the land in this one.

Chapter fourteen – stresses that no  Levites received an inheritance, conversation between Caleb and Joshua about where he was supposed to get

Chapter fifteen – Judah, including Caleb, also they did not drive out the Jebusites, not sure what that was all about.

Chapter sixteen – Ephraim and a note about not driving out the Canaanites and enslaving them. Pretty sure that’s not what they were supposed to do either.

Chapter seventeen – The rest of Manasseh, there’s a bit of a dispute over how much territory they should get but it’s resolved here too. The daughters of  Zelophehad are finally named and given their inheritance from back in Numbers. The daughters are: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

Chapter eighteen – Joshua decides to streamline the process but this chapter is still in only Benjamin

Chapter nineteen – Simeon, Zebuluun, Issahar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan, and Joshua himself.

Chapter twenty – Delineates the cities of refuge, one within the territory of each tribe

Chapter twenty one – cities and pasturelands for the tribe of Levi to live in, a few in the territory of each tribe as well.

The section ends with this:

Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had swoen to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.


Chapter links go to the ESV translations at Biblehub.com but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

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