17 The tribe of Manasseh, Joseph’s firstborn son, was also allotted land. 1 The descendants of Makir, Manasseh’s firstborn and the father of Gilead, received land, for they were warriors. 2 They were assigned Gilead and Bashan. 3 2 The rest of Manasseh’s descendants were also assigned land 4 by their clans, including the descendants of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These are the male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph by their clans.
3 Now Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters. These are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4 They went before Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “The Lord told Moses to assign us land among our relatives.” 5 So Joshua 6 assigned them land among their uncles, as the Lord had commanded. 7 5 Manasseh was allotted ten shares of land, 8 in addition to the land of Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan, 6 for the daughters of Manasseh were assigned land among his sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the descendants of Manasseh.
7 The border of Manasseh went 9 from Asher to Micmethath which is near 10 Shechem. It then went south toward those who live in Tappuah. 8 (The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah, located on the border of Manasseh, belonged to the tribe of Ephraim.) 9 The border then descended southward to the Valley of Kanah. Ephraim was assigned cities there among the cities of Manasseh, 11 but the border of Manasseh was north of the valley and ended at the sea. 10 Ephraim’s territory was to the south, and Manasseh’s to the north. The sea was Manasseh’s 12 western border and their territory 13 touched Asher on the north and Issachar on the east. 11 Within Issachar’s and Asher’s territory Manasseh was assigned Beth Shean, Ibleam, the residents of Dor, En Dor, the residents of Taanach, the residents of Megiddo, 14 the three of Napheth, 15 and the towns surrounding all these cities. 16 12 But the men 17 of Manasseh were unable to conquer these cities; the Canaanites managed 18 to remain in those areas. 13 Whenever the Israelites were strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them. 19
14 The descendants of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you assigned us only one tribal allotment? After all, we have many people, for until now the Lord has enabled us to increase in number.” 20 15 Joshua replied to them, “Since you have so many people, 21 go up into the forest and clear out a place to live in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites, for the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you.” 16 The descendants of Joseph said, “The whole hill country 22 is inadequate for us, and the Canaanites living down in the valley in Beth Shean and its surrounding towns and in the Valley of Jezreel have chariots with iron-rimmed wheels.” 23 17 Joshua said to the family 24 of Joseph – to both Ephraim and Manasseh: “You have many people and great military strength. You will not have just one tribal allotment. 18 The whole hill country 25 will be yours; though it is a forest, you can clear it and it will be entirely yours. 26 You can conquer the Canaanites, though they have chariots with iron-rimmed wheels and are strong.”
18 The entire Israelite community assembled at Shiloh and there they set up the tent of meeting. 1 Though they had subdued the land, 2 2 seven Israelite tribes had not been assigned their allotted land. 3 3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long do you intend to put off occupying 4 the land the Lord God of your ancestors 5 has given you? 4 Pick three men from each tribe. I will send them out to walk through the land and make a map of it for me. 6 5 Divide it into seven regions. 7 Judah will stay 8 in its territory in the south, and the family 9 of Joseph in its territory in the north. 6 But as for you, map out the land into seven regions and bring it to me. I will draw lots for you here before the Lord our God. 7 But the Levites will not have an allotted portion among you, for their inheritance is to serve the Lord. 10 Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their allotted land 11 east of the Jordan which Moses the Lord’s servant assigned them.”
8 When the men started out, Joshua told those going to map out the land, “Go, walk through the land, map it out, and return to me. Then I will draw lots for you before the Lord here in Shiloh.” 9 The men journeyed 12 through the land and mapped it and its cities out into seven regions on a scroll. Then they came to Joshua at the camp in Shiloh. 10 Joshua drew lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord and divided the land among the Israelites according to their allotted portions.
11 The first lot belonged to the tribe of Benjamin 13 by its clans. Their allotted territory was between Judah and Joseph. 14 12 Their northern border started at the Jordan, went up to the slope of Jericho 15 on the north, ascended westward to the hill country, and extended to the desert of Beth Aven. 13 It then crossed from there to Luz, to the slope of Luz to the south (that is, Bethel), 16 and descended to Ataroth Addar located on the hill that is south of lower Beth Horon. 14 It then turned on the west side southward from the hill near Beth Horon on the south and extended to Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a city belonging to the tribe 17 of Judah. This is the western border. 18 15 The southern side started on the edge of Kiriath Jearim and extended westward to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 16 The border then descended to the edge of the hill country near the Valley of Ben Hinnom located in the Valley of the Rephaites to the north. It descended through the Valley of Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites to the south and then down to En Rogel. 17 It went northward, extending to En Shemesh and Geliloth opposite the Pass 19 of Adummim, and descended to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18 It crossed to the slope in front of the Arabah to the north and descended into the Arabah. 19 It then crossed to the slope of Beth Hoglah to the north and ended at the northern tip of the Salt Sea 20 at the mouth of the Jordan River. 21 This was the southern border. 20 The Jordan River borders it on the east. These were the borders of the land assigned to the tribe of Benjamin by its clans. 22
21 These cities belonged to the tribe 23 of Benjamin by its clans: Jericho, 24 Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, 22 Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 25 23 Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24 Kephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba – a total of twelve cities and their towns.
25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26 Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city 26 (that is, Jerusalem), 27 Gibeah, and Kiriath – a total of fourteen cities and their towns. 28 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Benjamin 29 by its clans.
19 The second lot belonged to the tribe of Simeon by its clans. 1 2 Their assigned land included 2 Beer Sheba, 3 Moladah, 3 Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, 4 Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, 5 Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, 6 Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen – a total of thirteen cities and their towns, 7 Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan – a total of four cities and their towns, 8 as well as all the towns around these cities as far as Baalath Beer (Ramah of the Negev). This was the land assigned to the tribe of Simeon by its clans. 4 9 Simeon’s assigned land was taken from Judah’s allotted portion, for Judah’s territory was too large for them; so Simeon was assigned land within Judah. 5
10 The third lot belonged to the tribe of Zebulun 6 by its clans. The border of their territory 7 extended to Sarid. 11 Their border went up westward to Maralah and touched Dabbesheth and the valley near 8 Jokneam. 12 From Sarid it turned eastward 9 to the territory of Kisloth Tabor, extended to Daberath, and went up to Japhia. 13 From there it crossed eastward to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin and extended to Rimmon, turning toward Neah. 14 It then turned on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El. 15 Their territory included Kattah, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem; 10 in all they had twelve cities and their towns. 11 16 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Zebulun 12 by its clans, including these cities and their towns.
17 The fourth lot belonged to the tribe of Issachar 13 by its clans. 18 Their assigned land 14 included Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 22 Their border touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh, and ended at the Jordan. They had sixteen cities and their towns. 23 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Issachar 15 by its clans, including the cities and their towns.
24 The fifth lot belonged to the tribe of Asher 16 by its clans. 25 Their territory included Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, 26 Alammelech, Amad, and Mishal. Their border touched Carmel to the west and Shihor Libnath. 27 It turned eastward toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El to the north, as well as the Valley of Emek and Neiel, and extended to Cabul on the north 17 28 and on to Ebron, 18 Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah, as far as Greater Sidon. 19 29 It then turned toward Ramah as far as the fortified city of Tyre, 20 turned to Hosah, and ended at the sea near Hebel, Aczib, 30 Umah, Aphek, and Rehob. In all they had 21 twenty-two cities and their towns. 31 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Asher 22 by its clans, including these cities and their towns.
32 The sixth lot belonged to the tribe of Naphtali 23 by its clans. 33 Their border started at Heleph and the oak of Zaanannim, went to Adami Nekeb, Jabneel and on to Lakkum, 24 and ended at the Jordan River. 25 34 It turned westward to Aznoth Tabor, extended from there to Hukok, touched Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west, and the Jordan 26 on the east. 35 The fortified cities included Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 27 37 Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, 38 Yiron, 28 Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh. In all they had 29 nineteen cities and their towns. 39 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Naphtali 30 by its clans, including the cities and their towns.
40 The seventh lot belonged to the tribe of Dan 31 by its clans. 41 Their assigned land included Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46 the waters of Jarkon, and Rakkon, including the territory in front of Joppa. 47 (The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 32 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 33 Dan after their ancestor. 34 ) 48 This was the land assigned to the tribe of Dan 35 by its clans, including these cities and their towns.
49 When they finished dividing the land into its regions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun some land. 36 50 As the Lord had instructed, they gave him the city he requested – Timnath Serah in the Ephraimite hill country. He built up the city and lived in it.
51 These are the land assignments which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the Israelite tribal leaders 37 made by drawing lots in Shiloh before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 38 So they finished dividing up the land.