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Commentary On Joshua by Jean Calvin

CHAPTER 15

1 And there was a lot to the children of Judah by their families near the border of Edom, and the desert of Sin towards the south, from the extremity of the south.

2 And their south boundary was from the extremity of the salt sea, that is, from the rock which looks towards the south.

3 And it goes out towards the south of Maale-acrabim, and thence passes over into Sin: and proceeding from the south in Cades-barnea, it passes over thence into Esron, and again goes up in Adar, and makes a circuit in Carcaa.

4 Thence it passes into Asmon, and goes out to the torrent of Egypt: and the outgoings of this boundary are toward the west: that will be your boundary toward the south.

5 And the boundary toward the east is the salt sea, even to the extremity of the Jordan; and the boundary of the north corner is from the rock of the sea, from the extremity of the Jordan.

6 And that boundary goeth up into Beth-hoglah, and passes from the north to Beth-araba: and thence that boundary goeth up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben.

7 That boundary, moreover, goeth up into Debir from the valley of Achor, and towards the north looks to Gilgal, which is over against the ascent of Adummim, which, indeed, is to the torrent on the south: and that boundary passes to the waters of En-semes, and its outgoings are at En-rogel.

8 And that boundary goeth up to the valley of the son of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusite on the south; the same is Jerusalem: that boundary, moreover, goeth up to the top of the mountain which is over against the valley of Hinnom on the west, which valley is at the extremity of the valley of Rephaim on the north.

9 And the boundary goes round from the top of the mountain, to the fountain of the water of Nephthoah, and goeth out to the cities of mount Ephron, and that boundary makes a circuit in Baala, the same is Ciriath-Jearim.

10 And thence that boundary winds round from Baala on the west to mount Seir, and thence passes through to the side of mount Jearim on the north, the same is Chesalon, and it goeth down into Beth-semes, and passes over into Timna.

11 And the boundary goeth out to the side of Ecron on the north, and that boundary makes a circuit to Sichron, and passes through even to mount Baala: and thence goes out into Jabneel: and the outgoings of this boundary are at the sea.

12 Moreover, the west boundary is at the great sea and its coast: that is the boundary of the children of Judah round about, by their families.

13 And he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh in the midst of the children of Judah, according to the word of Jehovah to Joshua, the portion of Ciriath-arba, the father of Anac, the same is Hebron.

14 Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anac, Sezadi, and Haiman, and Thalmai, who were sons of Anac.

15 And he went up from thence to the inhabitants of Debir, whose name was formerly Ciriath-sepher.

16 And Caleb said, To him who shall smite Ciriath-sepher and take it, will I give my daughter Achsa to wife.

17 And Othoniel the son of Cenas, the brother of Caleb, took it, and he gave him Achsa his daughter to wife.

18 And it was when she came, that she persuaded him to ask a field of her father, and she dismounted from the ass, and Caleb said to her, What would thou?

19 She answered, Give me a blessing; since thou has given me an arid land, give me springs of water. And he gave her upper springs and lower springs.

20 That is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families.

21 And the cities in the extremity of the tribe of Judah, near the border of Edom on the south were Capsee, and Eder, and Jagur,

22 And Cina, and Dimona, and Adada,

23 And Cedes, and Hasor, and Ithnan,

24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealot,

25 And Hazor, and Hadatha, and Cerioth, Hesron, the same is Hazor.

26 Amam, and Sema, and Molada,

27 And Hasar-Gadda, and Hesmon, and Beth-phelet,

28 And Hasar-sual, and Beerseba, and Biziotheia,

29 Baala, and Jim, and Asem,

30 And Eltholad, and Chesil, and Hormah,

31 And Siclag, and Madmannah, and Sensannah,

32 And Lebaoth, and Silhim, and Ain, and Rimon: all the cities twenty-nine, and their villages.

33 In the plain Esthaol, and Sora, and Asnah,

34 And Zanoah, and En-gannim, and Thaphuah, and Enam,

35 Jarmuth, and Adulam, Sochoch, and Azecah,

36 And Saaraim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim: fourteen cities and their villages.

37 Senam, and Hadasa, and Migdalgad,

38 And Dilan, and Mispeh, and Jocteel,

39 Lachis, and Boscath, and Eglon,

40 And Chabbon, and Lahmam, and Chithlis,

41 And Gederoth, Beth-dagon, and Naamah, Makeda: sixteen cities and their villages.

42 Liona, and Ether, and Asan,

43 And Jephtha, and Asna, and Nesib,

44 And Cheila, and Achzib, and Marezah: nine cities and their villages.

45 Ecron, and its towns and its villages.

46 From Ecron, and to the sea, all which are on the side of Asdod, and their villages.

47 Asdod, its towns and its villages: Azza, its towns and its villages, even to the torrent of Egypt, and the great sea; and this is its boundary.

48 And in the mountain, Samir and Jarbur, and Sochoch,

49 And Dannah, and Ciriath-sannah, the same is Debir,

50 And Ahab, and Estemoth, and Anim,

51 And Gosan, and Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities and their villages.

52 Arab, and Dumah, and Esan,

53 And Janum, and Beth-thappuah, and Aphecah,

54 And Humtha, and Ciriath-Arba, the same is Hebron, and Sior: nine cities and their villages.

55 Mahon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah,

56 And Jezreel, and Jocdean, and Zaura,

57 Cain, Giba, and Thimna: ten cities and their villages.

58 Hal-hul, and Beth-sur, and Gedor,

59 And Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Elthecon: six cities and their villages.

60 Ciriath-baal, the same is Ciriath-Jearim, and Rabba: two cities and their villages.

61 In the desert Beth-arabah Middin, and Sech-acha,

62 And Nibsan, and the city of Salt, and En-gedi: six cities and their villages.

63 Moreover, the children of Judah were not able to expel the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem; therefore the Jebusite has dwelt with the children of Judah in Jerusalem even to this day.

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