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1 And these are the countreys which the children of Israel inherited in the lande of Canaan, which Eleazar the Priest, & Ioshua the sonne of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel distributed for inheritance to them:

2 By lot was their inheritance, as the Lord commanded by the hande of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the halfe tribe.

3 For Moses had giuen the inheritance of two tribes and an halfe tribe, on the other side Iordan: but vnto the Leuites hee gaue none inheritance among them.

4 For the children of Ioseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gaue no part vnto the Leuites in the land, saue cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattell, and for their substance.

5 As the Lord commaunded Moses, so the children of Israel did, and they diuided the land.

6 Then the children of Iudah came vnto Ioshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh the Kenezite, said vnto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said vnto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee, in Kadesh Barnea.

7 Fourtie yeeres olde was I when Moses the seruant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea, to espie out the land, and I brought him worde againe, as it was in mine heart.

8 Neuerthelesse, my brethren that went vp with me, made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet haue troden, shall be thine inheritance, and thy childrens for euer, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God.

10 And now beholde, the Lord hath kept me aliue, as he said, these forty and fiue yeres, euen since the Lord spake this word vnto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wildernesse: and now loe, I am this day fourescore and fiue yeeres old.

11 As yet I am as strong this day, as I was in the day that Moses sent mee: as my strength was then, euen so is my strength now, for warre, both to goe out and to come in.

12 Now therefore giue mee this mountaine, whereof the Lord spake in that day, (for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced) if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall bee able to driue them out, as the Lord said.

13 And Ioshua blessed him, and gaue vnto Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, Hebron for an inheritance.

14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh the Kenezite vnto this day: because that hee wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.

15 And the name of Hebron before, was Kiriath-Arba, which Arba was a great man among the Anakims: and the land had rest from warre.

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Commentary for Joshua 14

The nine tribes and a half to have their inheritance. (1-5) Caleb obtains Hebron. (6-15)1-5 The Israelites must occupy the new conquests. Canaan would have been subdued in vain, if it had not been inhabited. Yet every man might not go and settle where he pleased. God shall choose our inheritance for us. Let us survey our heritage of present mercy, our prospect for the land of promise, eternal in the heavens. Is God any respecter of persons? Is it not better that our place, as to earthly good or sorrow, should be determined by the infinite wisdom of our heavenly Father, than by our own ignorance? Should not those for whom the great mystery of godliness was exhibited, those whose redemption was purchased by Jesus Christ, thankfully refer their earthly concerns to his appointment?

6-15 Caleb's request is, "Give me this mountain," or Hebron, because it was formerly in God's promise to him, and he would let Israel knows how much he valued the promise. Those who live by faith value that which is given by God's promise, far above what is given by his providence only. It was now in the Anakims' possession, and Caleb would let Israel know how little he feared the enemy, and that he would encourage them to push on their conquests. Caleb answered to his name, which signifies "all heart." Hebron was settled on Caleb and his heirs, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. Happy are we if we follow him. Singular piety shall be crowned with singular favour.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Joshua 14

  • Ren
    @April we were made to worship God ( Psalms 99:5-Rev 15:4-John 4:24) Don't let anyone upset u be proud being a Bible thumper.They call me a Holy Roller YES!! YES I am n I am proud of it too.
  • April
    Hello you guys thank you for responding, I do not intend nor mean to disrespect anyone and above all FATHER,I have been lost for many years and finally at the age of 28 decided to read his word on my own,my bf does NOT believe in God or ANY "organized"religion, he has called me a bible thumper and made fun of what I believe in,it has hurt and angered me,I pray for him n myself,as well as his family
  • Lu2677
    Hi April, I didn't see anything wrong with your post, I was not offended. Trust in the Lord and He will direct your paths.
  • Lucinda; lu2677
    April, I didn't see anything wrong with your question.I was not offended. He wants us to come to his sanctuary in "truth" John 14:6. I have been told that my posts do not comply with their rules. I am sorry if I offended anyone. May the Lord give you understanding of ALL of His word. It is a process, search for wisdom everyday. Test every spirit with His word. I was hopeful that I could help U.
  • Lu2677
    Hi April,I contend for the truth of who God is; His works,His faith,His love, His judgments.Typically most "preachers"of our day want to keep their pay check (hirlings) so they do not teach the whole counsel of God. All inspired scripture is given for reproof,correction,instruction. If Knowing all sides of God;wrath,hate,testing,"does not help people"why do you think he had it all written down?
  • April
    I didn't mean to offend or upset anyone,if i did im sorry and please forgive me,I am just trying to say that alot of us know the holy book side of GOD n his SON,but is there not another side?like humor,or favorite colors,I think alot of people end up veiwing father as a TYRANT,an oppresive ruler,do this and that or you go to hell,it doesn't really help people get to know them,they want friendship

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