Joshua 18:11 The first lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin according to its clans. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph:

12 On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the wilderness of Beth Aven. 13 From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz (that is, Bethel) and went down to Ataroth Addar on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.

14 From the hill facing Beth Horon on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side.

15 The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 16 The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim. It continued down the Hinnom Valley along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel. 17 It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth, which faces the Pass of Adummim, and ran down to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18 It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabah[a] and on down into the Arabah. 19 It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah and came out at the northern bay of the Dead Sea, at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary.

20 The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side.

These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides.

21 The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns:

Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, 22 Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23 Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24 Kephar Ammoni, Ophni and Geba—twelve towns and their villages.

25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26 Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages.

This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.


a. Joshua 18:18 Septuagint; Hebrew slope facing the Arabah

Benjamin won the first pick of the lottery! Benjamin was Jacob's baby boy. When Joseph was thrown in a pit and then sold into slavery in Egypt, it was Benjamin who was there to ease Jacob's misery. Jacob loved Joseph and Benjamin more than the others..... because he loved their mother more than the other women. Jacob had a long life of waiting for what he wanted... and now the ancestors of his baby boy Benjamin has won the lottery in the Promised Land. Very cool.

This is from the easy English site.

Joshua gave this land to the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin was a small tribe. The land that Joshua gave to them was small. It was only five miles from north to south and about 20 miles from east to west. It was between the land that Joshua gave to the tribes of Judah and Ephraim.

Their land surrounded Jerusalem city. It was very important land.

This is a list of all the towns that Joshua gave to the tribe of Benjamin. Their towns included Jericho, Bethel and Jerusalem. These were important towns. Jericho was the first town that the Israelites defeated. King David made his capital in Jerusalem. They killed Jesus on a cross outside Jerusalem.

Here's that map again..... now we can place the land awarded to Joseph's two sons and his baby brother.

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