“This is the territory that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and the Geshurites, 3 and the larger territory of the Canaanites, extending from the stream of Shihor on the border of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron.” Joshua 13:2-3
God tells Joshua (1) which lands are yet to be conquered and (2) specifies the distribution to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half-tribe of Manasseh.
The Jewish nations were obliged by law to keep up this exact distribution and not transfer inheritances between tribes (Numbers 36:9). Doing that would be akin to regifting a birthday present, except instead of insulting your well-meaning aunt, it’s rejecting a gift from God!
Matthew Henry again points out the importance of these passages that seem “boring” on the outside:
And therefore we are not to skip over these chapters of hard names as useless and not to be…
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