The boundaries and cities of Judah’s territory are enumerated. Caleb conquers his land and gives his daughter Achsah in marriage to Othniel, the man who conquers Kiriath-Sepher.
Achsah is married off: “Caleb announced, ‘I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.’” (v. 16)
III. Select Verses
13-17: In accordance with the LORD’s command to Joshua, Caleb son of Jephunneh was given a portion among the Judites, namely, Kiriath-arba — that is, Hebron. ([Arba] was the father of Anak.) Caleb dislodged from there the three Anakites: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, descendants of Anak. From there he marched against the inhabitants of Debir — the name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher — and Caleb announced, “I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” His kinsman Othniel the Kenizzite captured it; and Caleb gave him his daughter Achsah in marriage.
18-19: When she came [to him], she induced him to ask her father for some property. She dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb asked her, “What is the matter?” She replied, “Give me a present; for you have given me away as Negeb-land; so give me springs of water.” And he gave her Upper and Lower Gulloth.
63. But the Judites could not dispossess the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so the Judites dwell with the Jebusites in Jerusalem to this day.
1-12. The boundaries of Judah 13-19. Caleb’s portion 13-14. Caleb’s portion and conquest 15-17. Caleb’s daughter is given to Othniel for capturing Kiriath-sepher 18-19. Caleb’s daugter requests land and is given Gulloth 20-63. The the Judahite towns 20. Introduction 21-32. A group of 29 towns 33-36. A group of 14 towns 37-41. A group of 16 towns 42-44. A group of 9 towns 45-47. Ekron, Ashdod, and Gaza 48-51. A group of 11 towns 52-54. A group of 9 towns 55-57. A group of 10 towns 58-59. A group of 6 towns 60. A group of 2 towns 61-62. A group of 6 towns 63. The Jebusites remain with the Judahites in Jerusalem
VI. Works Used
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