Joshua Chapter 23 and Chapter 24

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Yahoshua Chapter 23: Yahoshua’s Farewell Speech

1 Now it came to pass, a long time after Yah had given rest to Ysrayl from all their enemies round about, that Yahoshua was old, advanced in age. 2 And Yahoshua called for all Ysrayl, for their elders, for their heads, for their judges and for their officers and said to them: “I am old, advanced in age. 3 You have seen all that Yah your Almighty has done to all these nations because of you, for Yah your Almighty is He who has fought for you. 4 See, I have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Yordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, as far as the Great Sea (Mediterranean) westward. 5 And Yah your Father will expel them from before you and drive them out of your sight. So you shall possess their land, as Yah your Almighty promised you. 6 Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moshe, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left– 7 And lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them. You shall not serve them nor bow down to them. 8 But you shall hold fast to Yah your Almighty, as you have done to this day”.

9 “For Yah has driven out from before you great and strong nations but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day. 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand, for Yah your Father is He who fights for you, as He promised you. 11 Therefore, take careful heed to yourselves, that you love Yah your Father. 12 Or else, if indeed you do go back and cling to the remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and make marriages with them and go in to them and they to you. 13 Know for certain that Yah your Almighty will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you and scourges (thorns) on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which Yah your Father has given you”.

14 “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which Yah your Almighty spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you. Not one word of them has failed. 15 Therefore, it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which Yah your Father promised you, so Yah will bring upon you all harmful things until He has destroyed you from this good land which Yah your Father has given you–16 When you have transgressed the covenant of Yah your Almighty, which He commanded you and have gone and served the gods and bowed down to them, then the anger of Yah will burn against you and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you”.

Yahoshua Chapter 24: Yahoshua Gathers the Children of Ysrayl at Shechem

1 Then Yahoshua gathered all the tribes of Ysrayl to Shechem and called for the elders of Ysrayl, for their heads, for their judges and for their officers and they presented themselves before Yah. 2 And Yahoshua said to all the people, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor dwelt on the other side of the River (Hebrew Nahar, the Euphrates and so in verses 3, 14 and 15) in old times and they served the gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants and gave him Yitzshaq. (Abraham is the first to be called Hebrew or River Crosser in scripture (Genesis 14:13). He crossed the Euphrates River as the children of Ysrayl crossed the Red Sea and the Yordan River and other rivers and future rivers that the Ysrayl will cross. We are the river crossers or wanderers). 4 To Yitshaq, I gave Yahqob and Esau. To Esau, I gave the mountains to Seir to possess but Yahqob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 Also, I set Moshe and Aharon and I plagued Egypt according to what I did among them. Afterward, I brought you out. 6 Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt and you came to the sea and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 So they cried out to Yah and He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, brought the sea upon the, and covered them. And your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you dwelt in the wilderness a long time. 8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Yordan and they fought with you. But, I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land and I destroyed them from before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab arose to make war against Ysrayl and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. 10 But, I would not listen to Balaam. Therefore, he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 Then you went over the Yordan and came to Yericho. And the men of Yericho fought against you—also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites and the Yebusites. But I delivered them into your hand. 12 I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites but not with your sword or with your bow. 13 I have given a land for which you did not labor and cities which you did not build and you dwell in them. You eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant”.

14 “Now therefore, fear Yah, serve Him in sincerity and in truth and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve Yah! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve Yah, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve Yah”.

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This map shows one possible route from Ur to Haran, I saw a few different maps with different routes on the internet. Genesis 11:31.

The Covenant at Shechem: We Will Worship and Obey Yah

16 “So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake Yah to serve the gods. 17 For Yah our Almighty is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed. 18 And Yah drove out from before us all the people including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve Yah, for He is our Almighty”. 19 But Yahoshua said to the people, “You cannot serve Yah, for He is a qodesh Power. He is a jealous Power. He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If you forsake Yah and serve the gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good”. 21 And the people said to Yahoshua, “No, but we will serve Yah”! 22 So Yahoshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen Yah for yourselves, to serve Him”. And they said, “We are witnesses”! 23 “Now therefore, he said, “Put away the gods which are among you and incline your heart to Master Yah of Ysrayl”. 24 And the people said to Yahoshua, “Yah our Almighty we will serve and His voice we will obey”! 25 So Yahoshua made a covenant with the people that day and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

26 Then Yahoshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of Yah. And he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of Yah. 27 And Yahoshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of Yah, which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your Father”. 28 So Yahoshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Yoseph, Yahoshua Ben Nun and Yleazar are Buried

29 Now it came to pass, after these things that Yahoshua the Ben of Nun, the servant of Yah died being one hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Serah which is in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash. 31 Ysrayl served Yah all the days of Yahoshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Yahoshua, who had known all the works of Yah which He had done for Ysrayl.

32 The bones of Yoseph, which the children of Ysrayl had brought up out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which Yahqob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of silver and which had become an inheritance of the children of Yoseph. 33 And Yleazar the son of Aharon died. They buried him in a hill belonging to Phinehas his son, which was given to him in the mountains of Ephraim.

 

 

 

 

Joshua Chapter 21 and Chapter 22

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Yahoshua Chapter 21: Cities of the Levites

1 Then the heads of the father’s houses of the Levites came near to Yleazar the priest, to Yahoshua the son of Nun and to the heads of the father’s houses of the tribes of the children of Ysrayl. 2 And they spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan saying, “Yah commanded through Moshe to give us cities to dwell in, with their common-lands for our livestock”. 3 So the children of Ysrayl gave to the Levites from their inheritance, at the commandment of Yah these cities and their common-lands: 4 Now the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites, and the children of Aharon the priest, who were of the Levites, had thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Yahudah, from the tribe of Simeon and from the tribe of Benyamin. 5 The rest of the children of Kohath had ten cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Ephraim, from the tribe of Dan and from the half-tribe of Manasseh. 6 And the children of Gershon had thirteen cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Issachar, from the tribe of Asher, from the tribe of Naphtali and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan. 7 The children of Merari according to their families had twelve children from the tribe of Reuben, from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulon. 8 And the children of Ysrayl gave these cities with their comm0n-lands by lot to the Levites, as Yah had commanded by the hand of Moshe.

9 So they gave from the tribe of the children of Yahudah and from the tribe of the children of Simeon these cities which are designated by name–10 Which were for the children of Aharon, one of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi, for the lot was theirs first. 11 And they gave them Kiyath Arba (Arba was the father of Anak) which is Hebron, in the mountains of Yahudah with the common-land surrounding it. 12 But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the Ben of Yephunneh as his possession.

13 Thus to the children of Aharon the priest they gave Hebron with its common-land (a city of refuge for the slayer), Libnah with its common-land. 14 Yattir with its common-land, Eshtemoa with its common-land–15 Holon with its common-land, Debir with its common-land–16 Ain with its common land, Yuttah with its common-land and Beth Shemesh with its common-land; Nine cities from those two tribes. 17 And from the tribe of Benyamin, Gibeon with its common-land, Geba with its common-land. 18 Anathoth with its common-land and Almon with its common-land; Four cities. 19 All the cities of the children of Aharon, the priests were thirteen cities with their common-lands.

20 And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites, the rest of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot from the tribe of Ephraim. 21 For they gave them Shechem with its common-land in the mountains of Ephraim (a city of refuge for the slayer), Gezer with its common-land–22 Kibzaim with its common-land and Beth Horon with its common-land; Four cities. 23 And from the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with its common-land, Gibbethon with its common-land–24 Aiyalon with its common-land and Gath Rimmon with its common-land; Four cities. 25 And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with its common-land and Gath Rimmon with its common-land; Two cities. 26 All the ten cities with their common-lands were for the rest of the families of the children of Kohath.

27 Also to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, from the other half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan with its common-land (a city of refuge for the slayer) and Be Eshterah with its common-land; Two cities. 28 And from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with its common-land, Daberath with its common-land. 29 Yarmuth with its common-land and En Gannim with its common-land; Four cities. 30 And from the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its common-land, Abdon with its common-land–31 Helkath with its common-land and Rehob with its common-land; Four cities. 32 And from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Gailee with its common-land (a city of refuge for the slayer), Hammoth Dor with its common-land and Kartan with its common-land; Three cities. 33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their common-lands.

34 And to the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, from the tribe of Zebulon, Yokneam with its common-land, Kartah with its common land–35 Dimnah with its common-land and Nahalal with its common-land; Four cities. 36 And from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with its common-land, Yahaz with its common-land– 37 Kedemoth with its common-land and Mephaath with its common-land; Four cities. 38 And from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its common-land (a city of refuge for the slayer), Mahanaim with its common-land–39 Heshbon with its common-land and Yazer with its common-land; Four cities in all. 40 So all the cities for the children of Merari according to their families, the rest of the families of the Levites were by their lot twelve cities. 41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Ysrayl were forty-eight cities with their common-lands. 42 Every one of these cities had its common-lands surrounding it. Thus were all these cities.

Yah’s Promises Fulfilled

43 So Yah gave to Ysrayl all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. 44 Yah gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them. Yah delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45 Not a word failed of any good thing which Yah had spoken to the house of Ysrayl. All came to pass.

Yahoshua Chapter 22: Eastern Tribes Return to Their Lands

1 Then Yahoshua called the Reubenites, the Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh. 2 And said to them: “You have kept all that Moshe the servant of Yah commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you. 3 You have not left your brothers these many days, up to this day but have kept the charge of the commandment of Yah your Father. 4 And now Yah your Almighty has given rest to your brothers, as He promised them. Now therefore, return and go to your tents and to the land of your possession which Moshe the servant of Yah gave you on the other side of the Yordan. 5 But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moshe the servant of Yah commanded you, to love Yah your Almighty, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul”. 6 So Yahoshua blessed them and sent them away and they went to their tents.

7 Now to half the tribe of Manasseh Moshe had given a possession in Bashan but to the other half of it Yahoshua gave a possession among their brothers on this side of the Yordan, westward. And indeed, when Yahoshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them. 8 And spoke to them saying, “Return with much riches to your tents, with very much livestock, with silver, with gold, with bronze, with iron and with very much clothing. Divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers”. 9 So the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh returned and departed from the children of Ysrayl at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they had obtained according to the word of Yah by the hand of Moshe.

An Altar to Yah by the Yordan Called Witness

10 And when they came to the region of the Yordan which is in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Yordan–a great, impressive altar. 11 Now the children of Ysrayl heard someone say, “Behold, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh have built an altar on the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Yordan–on the children of Ysrayl’s side”. 12 And when the children of Ysrayl heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Ysrayl gathered together at Shiloh to go to war against them.

13 Then the children of Ysrayl sent Phinehas the son of Yleazar the priest to the children of Reuben, to the children of Gad and to half the tribe of Manasseh into the land of Gilead. 14 And with him ten rulers, one ruler each from the chief house of every tribe of Ysrayl and each one was the head of the house of his father among the divisions (Literally thousands) of Ysrayl. 15 Then they came to the children of Reuben, to the children of Gad and to half the tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead and they spoke with them saying: 16 Thus says the whole congregation of Yah: “What treachery is this that you have committed against Yah of Ysrayl to turn away this day from following Yah, in that you have built for yourselves an altar, that you might rebel this day against Yah? 17 Is the iniquity of Peor not enough for us, from which we are not cleansed till this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of Yah– 18 But that you must turn away this day from following Yah? And it shall be, if you rebel today against Yah, that tomorrow He will be angry with the whole congregation of Ysrayl. 19 Nevertheless, if the land of your possession is unclean, then cross over to the land of the possession of Yah, where Yah’s tabernacle stands and take possession among us. But do not rebel against Yah nor rebel against us by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of Yah our Father. 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing and wrath fell on all the congregation of Ysrayl? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity”.

21 Then the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the divisions of Ysrayl: 22 “Yah, Almighty of mighty ones, the Power of powers, He knows and let Ysrayl itself know–if it is in rebellion or if in treachery against Yah, do not save us this day. 23 If we have built ourselves an altar to turn from following Yah or if to offer on it burnt offerings or grain offerings or if to offer peace offerings on it, let Yah Himself require an account. 24 But in face we have done it for fear, for a reason, saying, What have you to do with Yah Father of Ysrayl? 25 For Yah has made the Yordan a border between you and us, you children of Reuben and children of Gad. You have no part in Yah. So your descendants would make our descendants cease fearing Yah. 26 Therefore we said, ‘Let us now prepare to build ourselves an altar not for burnt offering nor for sacrifice–27 But that it may be a witness between you and us and our generations after us, that we may perform the service of Yah before Him with our burnt offerings, with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, that your descendants may not say to our descendants in time to come, ‘You have no part in Yah’. 29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against Yah and turn from following Yah this day, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for grain offerings or for sacrifices besides the altar of yah our Father which is before His tabernacle”.

30 Now when Phinehas the priest and the rulers of the congregation, the heads of divisions of Ysrayl who were with him heard the words that the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them. 31 Then Phinehas the son of Yleazar the priest said to the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh, “This day we perceive that Yah is among us because you have not committed this treachery against Yah. Now you have delivered the children of Ysrayl out of the hand of Yah”.

32 And Phinehas the son of Yleazar the priest and the rulers returned from the children of Reuben and the children of Gad, from the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the children of Ysrayl and brought back word to them. 33 So the thing pleased the children of Ysrayl and the children of Ysrayl blessed Yah. They spoke no more of going against them in battle to destroy the land where the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt. 34 The children of Reuben and the children of Gad (and the half tribe of Manasseh) called the altar, Witness, ‘For it is a witness between us that Yah is the Most High’.

“Wisdom” Tooth

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A couple of weeks ago, I was watching this vlog where a woman’s husband went to the dentist to get his wisdom tooth (or teeth) surgically removed. The dentist gave him a prescription for pain relief but he refused to fill it. He wanted to heal naturally with natural things. He’s into “organic” or natural and all that. Most of those oxy-what-ever-you-call-it pain medicines are heroin based. Do you know that? His refusing the medication reminded me of a documentary I saw last year. Do you remember El Debarge? One of my favorite songs from the Debarge family was “stay with me”. The song has been heavily sampled by the R & B and hip-hop culture since the 80s…’stay with me, don’t go-don’t go, I love you so’, is how the song’s main chorus goes. It is a beautiful piano piece. Anyway, in the documentary, El says he was homeless and on drugs in Los Angeles for a while. He said he got hooked on drugs after a dental visit. The pain relief medicine…

For some reason that has been heavily on my mind. Be careful with prescription pain medicine, heal naturally if you can.

Joshua Chapter 19 and Chapter 20

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Yahoshua Chapter 19: Simeon’s Inheritance with Yahudah

1 The second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families. And their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Yahudah. 2 They had in their inheritance Beersheba (Sheba), Moladah–3 Hazar, Shual, Balah, Ezem–4 Yltolad, Bethul, Hormah–5 Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah–6 Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhem: Thirteen cities and their villages. 7 Ain, Rimmon, Ether and Ashan: Four cities and their villages. 8 And all the villages that were all around these cities as far as Baalath Beer, Ramah of the south. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families. 9 The inheritance of the children of Simeon was included in the share of the children of Yahudah, for the share of the children of Yahudah was too much for them. Therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of that people.

The Land of Zebulon

10 The third lot came out for the children of Zebulon according to their families and the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid. 11 Their border went toward the west and to Maralah, went to Dabbasheth and extended along the bro0k that is east of Yokneam. 12 Then from Sarid it went eastward toward the sunrise along the border of Chisloth Tabor and went out toward Daberath, bypassing Yaphia. 13 And from there it passed along on the east of Gath Hepher, toward Eth Kazin and extended to Rimmon, which borders on Neah. 14 Then the border went around it on the north side of Hannathon and it ended in the Valley of Yiphthah YL. 15 Included were Kattah, Nahallal, Shimron, Idalah and Bethlehem: Twelve cities with their villages. 16 This was the inheritance of the children of Zebulon according to their families, these cities with their villages.

The Land of Issachar

17 The fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families. 18 And their territory went to Yezreel and included Chesulloth, Shunem–19 Haphraim, Shion, Anaharath–20 Rabbith, Kishion, Abez–21 Remeth, En Gamnim, En Haddah and Beth Pazzez–22 And the border reached to Tabor, Shahazimah and Beth Shemesh, their border ended at the Yordan: Sixteen cities with their villages. 23 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.

The Land of Asher

24 The fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. 25 And their territory included Helkath, Hali, Bethen, Achshaph–26 Alammelech, Amad and Mishal–It reached to Mount Carmel westward, along the Brook Shihor Libnath. 27 It turned toward the sunrise to Beth Dagon and it reached to Zebulon and to the Valley of Yiphthah YL, then northward beyond Beth Emek and Neiyl, bypassing Cabul which was on the left–28 Including Ebron (Abdon compare 21:30 and 1 Chronicles 6:74). 29 And the border turned to Ramah and to the fortified city of Tyre. Then the border turned to Hosah and ended at the sea by the region of Achzib. 30 Also Ummah, Aphek and Rehob were included: Twenty-two cities with their villages. 31 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.

The Land of Naphtali

32 The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, for the children of Naphtali according to their families. 33 And their border began at Heleph, enclosing the territory from the terebinth tree in Zaanannim, Adami Nekeb and Yabneel, as far as Lakkum it extended at the Yordan. 34 From Heleph the border extended westward to Aznoth Tabor and went out from there toward Hukkok. It adjoined Zebulon on the south side and Asher on the west side and ended at Yahudah by the Yordan toward the sunrise. 35 And the fortified cities are Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Chinnereth–36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor–37 Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor–38 Iron, Migdal YL, Horem, Beth Anath and Beth Shemesh: Nineteen cities with their villages. 39 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.

The Land of Dan

40 The seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families. 41 And the territory of their inheritance was Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh– 42 Shaalabbin, Aiyalon, Yethlah–43 Ylon, Timnah, Ekron–44 Yltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath–45 Yehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon–46 Me Yarkon and Rakkon, with the region near Yoppa. 47 And the border of the children of Dan went beyond these because the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it and they struck it with the edge of the sword, took possession of it and dwelt in it. They called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. 48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

Yahoshua’s Inheritance

49 When they had made an end of dividing the land as a an inheritance according to their borders, the children of Ysrayl gave an inheritance among them to Yahoshua son of Nun. 50 According to the word of Yah they gave him the city which he asked for, Timnath Serah in the mountains of Ephraim and he built the city and dwelt in it. 51 These were the inheritances which Yleazar the priest, Yahoshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Ysrayl divided as an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before Yah, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. So they made an end of dividing the country.

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Yahoshua Chapter 20: The Cities of Refuge

1 Yah also spoke to Yahoshua saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Ysrayl saying, Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge of which I spoke to you through Moshe–3 That the slayer who kills a person accidentally or unintentionally may flee there and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 And when he flees to one of those cities and stands at the entrance of the gate of the city and declares his case in the hearing of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city as one of them and give him a place that he may dwell among them. 5 Then if the avenger of blood pursues him, they shall not deliver the slayer into his hand because he struck his neighbor unintentionally but did not hate him beforehand. 6 And he shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment and until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the slayer may return and come to his own city and his own house, to the city from which he fled”. 7 So they appointed Kedesh in Galilee, in the mountains of Naphtali, Shechem in the mountains of Ephraim and Kiryath Arba (which is Hebron) in the mountains of Yahudah. 8 And on the other side of the Yordan, by Yericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness on the plain, from the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of Gad and Golan in Bashan, from the tribe of Manasseh. 9 These were the cities appointed for all the children of Ysrayl and for the stranger who dwelt among them, that whoever killed a person accidentally might flee there and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stood before the congregation.

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Joshua Chapter 17 and Chapter 18

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Yahoshua Chapter 17: The Other Half-Tribe of Manasseh (West)

1 There was also a lot for a tribe of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Yoseph: namely Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead because he was a man of war. Therefore he was given Gilead and Bashan. 2 And there was a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their families, for the children of Abiezer (called Yeezer in Numbers 26:30), the children of Hylek, the children of Asriyah, the children of Shechem, the children of Hepher and the children of Shemida. These were the male children of Manasseh the son of Yoseph according to their families.

3 But Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters. And these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 4 And they came near before Yleazar the priest, before Yahoshua the son of Nun and before the rulers saying, “Yah commanded Moshe to give us an inheritance among our brothers”. Therefore, according to the commandment of Yah, he gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers. 5 Ten shares fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan which were on the other side of the Yordan. 6 Because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.

7 And the territory of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethath, that lies east of Shechem and the border went along south to the inhabitants of En Tappuah. 8 Manasseh had the land of Tappuah but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim. 9 And the border descended to the Brook Kanah, southward to the brook. These cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh. The border of Manasseh was on the north side of the brook and it ended at the sea. 10 Southward it was Eprhraim’s, northward it was Manasseh’s and the sea was its border. Manasseh’s territory was adjoining Asher on the north and Issachar on the east. 11 And in Issachar and in Asher, Manasseh had Beth Shean and its towns, Ibleam and it towns, the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, the inhabitants of En Dor and its towns, the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns—three hilly regions (Compare to Revelation 16:16, Megiddo means place of crowns, West Manasseh territory). 12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities but the Canaanites were determined to dwell in that land. 13 And it happened, when the children of Ysrayl grew strong that they put the Canaanites to forced labor but did not utterly drive them out.

Yoseph’s Descendants Ask For More Land: Ephraim and Manasseh

14 Then the children of Yoseph spoke to Yahoshua saying, “Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit since we are a great people, inasmuch as Yah has blessed us until now”? 15 So Yahoshua answered them, “If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you”. 16 But the children of Yoseph said, “The mountain country is not enough for us and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both these who are of Beth Shean and its towns and those who are of the Valley of Yezreel”. 17 And Yahoshua spoke to the house of Yoseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh saying, “You are a great people and have great power, you shall not have only one lot–18 But the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down and its farthest extent shall be yours. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong”.

Yahoshua Chapter 18: The Remainder of the Land Divided

1 Now the whole congregation of the children of Ysrayl assembled together at Shiloh and set up the tabernacle of meeting there. And the land was subdued before them. 2 But there remained among the children of Ysrayl seven tribes which had not yet received their inheritance. 3 Then Yahoshua said to the children of Ysrayl: “How long will you neglect to go and process the land which Yah Almighty of your fathers has given you? 4 Pick out from among three men for each tribe and I will send them. They shall rise and go through the land, survey it according to their inheritance and come back to me. 5 And they shall divide it into seven parts. Yahudah shall remain in their territory on the south and the house of Yoseph shall remain in the territory on the north. 6 You shall therefore survey the land in seven parts and bring the survey here to me, that I may cast lots for you here before Yah our Father. 7 But the Levites have no part among you, for the priesthood of Yah is their inheritance. And Gad, Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Yordan on the east, which Moshe the servant of Yah gave them”.

8 Then the men arose to go away and Yahoshua charged those who went to survey the land saying, “Go walk through the land, survey it and come back to me, that I may cast lots for you here before Yah in Shiloh.”. 9 So the men went, passed through the land and wrote the survey in a book in seven parts by cities and they came to Yahoshua at the camp in Shiloh. 10 Then Yahoshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Yah and there Yahoshua divided the land to the children of Ysrayl according to their divisions.

The Land of Benyamin

11 Now the lot of the tribe of the children of Benyamin came up according to their families and the territory of their lot came out between the children of Yahudah and the children of Yoseph. 12 Their border on the north side began at the Yordan and the border went up to the side of Yericho on the north and went up through the mountains westward. It ended at the Wilderness of Beth Aven. 13 The border went over from there toward Luz, to the side of Luz (which is Bethyl) southward and the border descended to Ataroth Addar, near the hill that lies on the south side of Lower Beth Horon. 14 Then the border extended around the west side to the south, from the hill that lies before Beth Horon southward and it ended at Kiryath Baal (which is Kiryath Yearim), a city of the children of Yahudah. This was the west side. 15 The south side began at the end of Kiryath Yearim and the border extended on the west and went out to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 16 Then the border came down to the end of the mountain that lies before the Valley of the son of Hinnom which is in the Valley of the Rephaim (Literally Giants) on the north, descended to the Valley of Hinnom, to the side of the Yebusite city on the south and descended to En Rogyl.17 And it went around from the north, went out to En Shemesh and extended toward Geliloth, which is before the Ascent of Adummin and descended to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben. 18 Then it passed along toward the north side of Arabah (Or Beth Arabah compare 15:6 and 18:22) and went down to Arabah. 19 And the border passed along to the north side of Beth Hoglah. Then the border ended at the north bay at the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Yordan. This was the southern boundary. 20 The Yordan was its border on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benyamin, according to its boundaries all around, according to their families.

21 Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benyamin, according to their families were Yericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz–22 Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethyl–23 Avim, Parah, Ophrah–24 Chephar Haammoni, Ophni and Gaba: Twelve cities with their villages–25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth–26 Mizpah, Chephirah, Mozah–27 Rekem, Irpeyl, Taralah–28 Zelah, Eleph, Yebus (which is Yahrusalim), Gibeath and Kiryath: Fourteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Benyamin according to their families.

 

 

Joshua Chapter 15 and Chapter 16

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Yahoshua Chapter 15: The Land of Yahudah

1 So this was the lot of the tribe of the children of Yahudah according to their families: the border of Edom at the Wilderness of Zin southward was the extreme southern boundary. 2 And their southern border began at the shore of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward. 3 Then it went out to the southern side of the Ascent of Akrabbim, passed along to Zin, ascended on the south side of Kadesh Barnea, passed along to Hezron, went up to Adar and went around to Karkaa. 4 From there it passed toward Azomon and went out to the Brook of Egypt and the border ended at the sea. This shall be your southern border. 5 The east border was the Salt Sea as far as the mouth of the Yordan. And the border on the northern quarter began at the by of the sea at the mouth of the Yordan. 6 The border went up to Beth Hoglah and passed north of Beth Arabah and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben. 7 Then the border went up toward Debir from the Valley of Achor and it turned northward toward Gilgal which is before the Ascent of Adummim which is on the south side of the valley. The border continued toward the waters of En Shemesh and ended at En Rogyl. 8 And the border went up by the Valley of the Son of Hinnom to the southern slope of the Yebusite city (which is Yahrusalim). The border went up to the top of the hill to the fountain of the water of Nephtoah and extended to the cities of Mount Ephron. And the border went around to Baalah (which is Kiryath Yearim). 10 Then the border turned westward from Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the side of Mount Yearim on the north (which is Chesalon), went down to Beth Shemesh and passed on to Timnah. 11 And the border went out to the side of Ekron northward. Then the border went around to Shicron, passed along to Mount Baalah and extended to Yabneel and the border ended at the sea. 12 The west border was the coastline of the Great Sea (Mediterranean Sea). This is the boundary of the children of Yahudah all around according to their families.

Caleb Occupies Hebron and Debir

13 Now to Caleb the Ben of Yephunneh he gave a share among the children of Yahudah, according to the commandment of Yah to Yahoshua, namely Kiryath Arba which is Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). 14 Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak. 15 Then went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir (formely the name of Debir was Kiryath Sepher). 16 And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kiryath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife”. 17 Now it was so, when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. So she dismounted from her donkey and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” 19 She answered, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me land in the south. Give me also springs of water”. So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

The Cities of Yahudah

20 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Yahudah according to their families: 21 The cities at the limits of the tribe of the children of Yahudah, toward the border of Edom in the south were Kabzeel, Eder, Yagur–22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah–23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan–24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth–25 Hazor, Hadattah, Kerioth, Hezron (which is Hazor)–26 Amam, Shema, Moladah–27 Hazar, Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet–28 Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Bizyothyah–29 Baalah, Iyim, Ezem–30 Ylolad, Chesil, Hormah–31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah–32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty-nine, with their villages.

33 In the lowland: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah–34 Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam–35 Yarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah–36 Sharaim, Adithaim, Gederah and Gederothaim: Fourteen cities with their villages. 37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal, Gad–38 Dilean, Mizpah, Yokteel–39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon–40 Cabbon, Lahmas (or Lahmam), Kithlish–41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah and Makkedah: Six-teen cities with their villages–42 Libnah, Ether, Ashan (See Joshua 19:2, 1 Chronicles 4:32 and 1 Chronicles 6:59 Ashan)–43 Yiphtah, Ashnah, Nezib–44 Keilah, Achzib and Mareshah: Nine cities with their villages–45 Ekron with its towns and villages–46 From Ekron to the sea, all that lay near Ashdod with their villages–47 Ashdod with its towns and villages, Gaza with its towns and villages, as far as the Brook of Egypt and the Great Sea with its coastline.

48 And in the mountain country: Shamir, Yattir, Sochoh–49 Dannah, Kiryath Sannah (which is Debir)–50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim–51 Goshen, Holon and Giloh: Eleven cities with their villages–52 Arab, Dumah, Eshean–53 Yanum, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah–54 Humtah, Kiryath Arba (which is Hebron) and Zior: Nine cities with their villages. 55 Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Yuttah–56 Yezreel, Yokdeam, Zanoah–57 Kain, Gibeah and Timnah: Ten cities with their villages–59 Maarath, Beth Anoth and Eltekon: Six cities and their villages–60 Kiryath Baal (which is Kiryath Yearim) and Rabbah: Two cities with their villages–61 In the wilderness: Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah–62 Nibshan, the city of Salt and En Gedi: Six cities with their villages–63 As for the Yebusites, the inhabitants of Yahrusalim, the children of Yahudah could not drive them out but the Yebusites dwell with the children of Yahudah at Yahrusalim to this day.

Yahoshua Chapter 16: Ephraim and West Manasseh

1 The lot fell to the children of Yoseph from the Yordan, by Yericho, to the waters of Yericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from Yericho through the mountains of Bethyl. 2 Then went out from Bethyl to Luz, passed along to the border of the Archites at Ataroth. 3 And went down westward to the boundary of the Yaphletites, as far as the boundary of Lower Beth Horon to Gezer and it ended at the sea. 4 So the children of Yoseph, Manasseh and Ephraim took their inheritance.

The Land of Ephraim

5 The border of the children of Ephraim, according to their families was thus: The border of their inheritance onĀ  the east side was Ataroth Addar as far as Upper Beth Horon. 6 And the border went out toward the sea on the north side of Michmethath. Then the border went around eastward to Taanath Shiloh and passed by it on the east of Yanohah. 7 Then it went down from Yanohah to Ataroth and Naarah (or Naaran compare to 1 Chronicles 7:28) reached to Yericho and came out at the Yordan. 8 The border went out from Tappuah westward to the Brook Kanah and it ended at the sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families. 9 The separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 10 And they did not drive out the Canaanite who dwelt in Gezer but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers.

 

 

Joshua Chapter 13 and Chapter 14

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Yahoshua Chapter 13: Remaining Land to Be Conquered

1 Now Yahoshua was old, advanced in years and Yah said to him: “You are old, advanced in years and there remains very much land yet to be possessed. 2 This is the land that yet remains: all the territory of the Philistines and all that of the Geshurites—3 From Sihor, which is east of Egypt, as far as the border of Ekron northward (which is counted as Canaanite), the five princes of the Philistines—the Gazites, the Ashdodites, the Ashkelonites, the Gittites and the Ekronites. Also the Avites. 4 From the south, all the land of the Canaanites and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians as far as Aphek, to the border of the Amorites. 5 The land of the Gabalites (or Gibilites) and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon as far as the entrance of Hamath. 6 All the inhabitants of the mountains from Lebanon as far as the Brook Misrephoth (Hebrew Ha Misrephoth Mayimyah, the burning waters of Yah) and all the Sidonians—them I will drive out from before the children of Ysrayl. Only divide it by lot to Ysrayl as an inheritance, as I have commanded you. 7 Now therefore, divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half tribe of Manasseh”.

The Land Divided East of the Yordan

8 With the other half-tribe the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moshe had given them, beyond the Yordan eastward, as Moshe the servant of Yah had given them: 9 From Aroer which is on the bank of the River Arnon and the town that is in the midst of the ravine and all the plain of Medeba as far as Dibon. 10 All the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites who reigned in Heshbon as far as the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, all Mount Hermon and all Bashan as far as Salcah. 12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants, for Moshe had defeated and cast out these. 13 Nevertheless, the children of Ysrayl did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israylites until this day. 14 Only to the tribe of Levi he had given no inheritance. The sacrifices of Yah Almighty of Ysrayl made by fire are their inheritance, as He said to them.

The Land of Reuben

15 And Moshe had given to the tribe of the children of Reuben an inheritance according to their families. 16 Their territory was from Aroer which is on the bank of the River Arnon and the city that is in the midst of the ravine and all the plain by Medeba. 17 Heshbon and all its cities that are in the plain: Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon–18 Yahaza, Kedemoth, Mephaath–19 Kiryathaim, Sibmah, Zerath Shahar on the mountain of the valley–20 Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah and Beth Yeshimoth–21 All the cities of the plain and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites who reigned in Heshbon whom Moshe had struck with the princes of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba who were princes of Sihon dwelling in the country. 22 The children of Ysrayl also killed with the sword Baalam the son of Beor, the soothsayer, among those who were killed by them. 23 And the border of the children of Reuben was the bank of the Yordan. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben according to their families, the cities and their villages.

The Land of Gad

24 Moshe also had given an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, to the children of Gad according to their families. 25 Their territory was Yazer and all the cities of Gilead and half the land of the Ammonites as far as Aroer which is before Rabbah–26 And from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim and from Mahanaim to the border of Debir–27 And in the valley Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Succoth and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon with the Yordan as its border, as far as the edge of the Sea of Chinnereth, on the other side of the Yordan eastward. 28 This is the inheritance of the children of Gad according to their families, the cities and their villages.

Half the Tribe of Manasseh (East)

29 Moshe also had given an inheritance to half the tribe of Manasseh. It was for half the tribe of the children of Manasseh according to their families. 30 Their territory was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king of Bashan and all the towns of Yair which are in Bashan, sixty cities. 31 Half of Gilead and Ashtaroth and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, for half of the children of Machir according to their families. 32 These are the areas which Moshe had distributed as an inheritance in the plains of Moab on the other side of the Yordan, by Yericho eastward. 33 But to the tribe of Levi Moshe had given no inheritance. Yah Father of Ysrayl was their inheritance, as He said to them.

Yahoshua Chapter 14: The Land Divided West of the Yordan

1 These are the areas which the children of Ysrayl inherited in the land of Canaan which Yleazar the priest, Yahoshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Ysrayl distributed as an inheritance to them. 2 Their inheritance was by lot, as Yah had commanded by the hand of Moshe, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. 3 For Moshe had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe on the other side of the Yordan but to the Levites He had given no inheritance among them. 4 For the children of Yoseph were two tribes: Manasseh and Ephraim. And they gave no part to the Levites in the land, except cities to dwell in, with their common-lands for their livestock and their property. 5 As Yah had commanded Moshe, so the children of Ysrayl did and they divided the land.

Caleb Inherits Hebron

6 Then the children of Yahudah came to Yahoshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Yephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which Yah said to Moshe the man of Yah concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moshe the servant of Yah sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless, my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt but I wholly followed Yah my Father. 9 So Moshe swore on that day saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever because you have wholly followed Yah my Almighty’. 10 And now, behold Yah had kept me alive, as He said these forty-five years, ever since Yah spoke this word to Moshe while Ysrayl wandered in the wilderness and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet, I am as strong this day as on the day that Moshe sent me just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give this mountain of which Yah spoke in that day, for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that Yah will be with me and I shall be able to drive them out as Yah said”.

13 And Yahoshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Yephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Yephunneh the Kenizzite to this day because he wholly followed Yah Almighty of Ysrayl. 15 And the name of Hebron formerly was Kiryath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim). Then the land had rest from war.