Joshua 14

Caleb’s Request

14 Now these are the territories which the sons of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which (A)Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the [a]households of the tribes of the sons of Israel apportioned to them for an inheritance, 2 by the (B)lot of their inheritance, as the Lord commanded [b]through Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. 3 For (C)Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe beyond the Jordan; but (D)he did not give an inheritance to the Levites among them. 4 For the sons of Joseph were two tribes, (E)Manasseh and Ephraim, and they did not give a portion to the Levites in the land, except cities to live in, with their pasture lands for their livestock and for their property. 5 Thus the sons of Israel did just (F)as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they divided the land.

6 Then the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal, and (G)Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning [c]you and me in Kadesh-barnea. 7 I was forty years old when (H)Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people [d]melt with fear; but (I)I followed the Lord my God fully. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely (J)the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God fully.’ 10 Now behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. 11 (K)I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for (L)going out and coming in. 12 Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that (M)Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will [e]drive them out as the Lord has spoken.”

13 So Joshua (N)blessed him and (O)gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite until this day, because he followed the Lord God of Israel fully. 15 Now the name of Hebron was formerly [f]Kiriath-arba; for Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. (P)Then the land had rest from war.


  1. Joshua 14:1 Lit fathers
  2. Joshua 14:2 Lit by the hand of
  3. Joshua 14:6 Lit me and concerning you
  4. Joshua 14:8 Lit become demoralized
  5. Joshua 14:12 Or dispossess
  6. Joshua 14:15 I.e. the city of Arba

Cross references

  1. Joshua 14:1 : Num 34:16-29
  2. Joshua 14:2 : Num 26:55; 33:54; 34:13
  3. Joshua 14:3 : Num 32:33
  4. Joshua 14:3 : Josh 13:14
  5. Joshua 14:4 : Gen 41:51f; 46:20; 48:1, 5; Num 26:28; 2 Chr 30:1
  6. Joshua 14:5 : Num 35:1f; Josh 21:2
  7. Joshua 14:6 : Num 13:6, 30; 14:6, 24, 30
  8. Joshua 14:7 : Num 13:1-31
  9. Joshua 14:8 : Num 14:24; Deut 1:36
  10. Joshua 14:9 : Deut 1:36
  11. Joshua 14:11 : Deut 34:7
  12. Joshua 14:11 : Deut 31:2
  13. Joshua 14:12 : Num 13:33
  14. Joshua 14:13 : Josh 22:6
  15. Joshua 14:13 : Judg 1:20; 1 Chr 6:55f
  16. Joshua 14:15 : Josh 11:23

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