Day 119 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. Joshua divides the conquered lands. Caleb's daughter gets married. John the Baptist is questioned by the Pharisees.

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Joshua 15

Joshua 16

John 1:1-28

Psalm 53:1-6

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Joshua 15

Land for Judah

The land that was given to Ju- dah was divided among the families of that tribe. That land went south to the border of Edom and continued all the way to the desert of Zin in the distant south. 2 The southern border of Judah’s land started at the south end of the Dead Sea. 3 The border went south to Scorpion Pass and continued on to Zin. Then the border continued south to Kadesh Barnea. It continued past Hezron to Addar, then turned towards Karka. 4 From there it went to Azmon, then to the Brook of Egypt, which it followed to the sea.

That was the southern border of Judah and all the tribes of Israel. 5 Their eastern border was the shore of the Dead Sea to the area where the Jordan River flowed into it. Their northern border started at the area where the Jordan River flowed into the Dead Sea. 6 Then the northern border went to Beth Hoglah and continued north of Beth Arabah. The border continued to the stone of Bohan, the son of Reuben.

7 Then the northern border went through the Valley of Achor to Debir. There the border turned to the north and went to Gilgal. Gilgal is across from the road that goes through the mountain of Adummim. It is on the south side of the brook. The border continued along the waters of En Shemesh. The border stopped at En Rogel. 8 Then the border went through the Valley of Ben Hinnom beside the southern side of the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem). There the border went to the top of the hill on the west side of Hinnom Valley. This was at the northern end of Rephaim Valley. 9 From there the border went to the spring of water of Nephtoah. Then the border went to the cities near Mount Ephron. There the border turned and went to Baalah. (Baalah is also called Kiriath Jearim.) 10 At Baalah the border turned west and went to Mount Seir. The border continued along the north side of Mount Jearim (Kesalon) and continued down to Beth Shemesh. From there the border went past Timnah. 11 Then the border went to the hill north of Ekron. From there it turned to Shikkeron and went past Mount Baalah. It continued on to Jabneel and ended at the sea.

12 So the Great Sea was the western border. The families of Judah lived inside these four borders. 13 The LORD had commanded Joshua to give Caleb son of Jephunneh part of the land in Judah. So Joshua gave him the town of Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. Arba was the father of Anak. 14 Caleb forced the three Anakite families living in Hebron to leave there. Those families were Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. They were from the family of Anak. 15 Then Caleb fought against the people living in Debir, which was called Kiriath Sepher at that time. 16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter in marriage to the man who attacks and conquers Kiriath Sepher.”

17 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, defeated the city. So Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to Othniel as his wife. 18 After Acsah and Othniel were married, she told him they should ask her father for some land. So Acsah went to her father. As she was getting off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What are you doing here?”

19 Acsah answered, “I came to ask you for a favor. You gave me dry desert land in the Negev. Please give me some land with water on it.”

So Caleb gave her what she wanted. He gave her the upper and lower pools of water in that land. 20 The tribe of Judah got the land that God promised them. Each family group got part of the land. 21 In the southern part of the Negev, the tribe of Judah got all these cities near the border of Edom: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (Hazor), 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 28 Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29 Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30 Eltolad, Kesil, Hormah, 31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain and Rimmon. In all, there were 29 cities with the villages around them. 33 In the western foothills, the tribe of Judah got these cities: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shaaraim, Adithaim and Gederah (Gederothaim). In all, there were 14 cities with the villages around them. 37 The third area given to the tribe of Ju- dah included these cities: Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel, 39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40 Cabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah and Makkedah. In all, there were 16 cities with the villages around them. 42 The next area included these cities: Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44 Keilah, Aczib and Mareshah. In all, there were nine cities with the villages around them. 45 The next area given to Judah included these cities and the land around them: Ekron and the small towns and villages near it; 46 the area west of Ekron included the cities near Ashdod with the small towns around them.

47 It also included Ashdod with the small towns and villages around it, as well as Gaza with the towns and villages around it. Their land continued to the Brook of Egypt and followed it to the coast of the Great Sea. 48 In the hill country, the land given to Judah included these cities: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49 Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (Debir), 50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51 Goshen, Holon and Giloh. In all, there were eleven cities with the villages around them. 52 The next area in the hill country included these cities: Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53 Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humtah, Kiriath Arba (Hebron) and Zior. In all, there were nine cities with the villages around them. 55 Another area in the hill country included these cities: Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57 Kain, Gibeah and Timnah. In all, there were ten cities with the villages around them. 58 They were also given an area in the hill country that included these cities: Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor, 59 Maarath, Beth Anoth and Eltekon. In all, there were six cities with the villages around them. 60 One more area in the hill country included the two cities of Rabbah and Kiriath Baal (Kiriath Jearim). 61 In the desert, the tribe of Judah was given these cities: Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62 Nib- shan, Salt City, and En Gedi. In all, there were six cities with the villages around them. 63 The people of Judah were not able to force out the Jebusites living in Jerusalem. That is why the Jebusites still live among the people of Judah in Jerusalem.

Joshua 16

Land for Ephraim and Manasseh This is the land that the family of Joseph received. This land started at the Jordan River near Jericho and continued to the waters of Jericho. (This was just east of Jericho.) The border went up from Jericho to the hill country of Bethel. 2 Then the border continued from Bethel (Luz) to the Arkite border at Ataroth. 3 Then the border went west to the border of the Japhletites. It continued to Lower Beth Horon, then went to Gezer and continued to the sea. 4 So the people of Manasseh and Ephraim got their land. (Manasseh and Ephraim were sons of Joseph.)

5 This is the land that was given to 17 the people of Ephraim: their eastern border started at Ataroth Addar near Upper Beth Horon. 6 And the western border started at Micmethath. The border turned to the east to Taanath Shiloh and continued east to Janoah. 7 Then it went from Janoah down to Ataroth and to Naarah. The border continued until it touched Jericho and ended at the Jordan River. 8 The border went from Tappuah west to Kanah Ravine and ended at the sea. This is all the land that was given to the Ephraimites. Each family in that tribe got a part of this land. 9 Many of the border cities of Ephraim were actually inside Manasseh’s borders, but the Ephraimites got these cities with the villages around them. 10 But the Ephraimites were not able to force the Canaanites to leave the city of Gezer. So the Canaanites still live among the Ephraimites today, although they did become slaves of the Ephraimites.


John 1:1-28

Jesus, the Eternal Word of God In the beginning, before the earth was made, the Word* was there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was there with God in the beginning. 3 Everything was made through him. Nothing in all of God’s creation was made without him. 4 In him there was life, and that life was light for the people of the world. 5 The light† shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it. 6 There was a man named John, who was sent by God.

7 He came to tell people about the light. Through him all people could hear about the one who is the light and believe in him. 8 John was not the light. But he came to tell people about the light. 9 The true light, the one who brings light to all people, was about to make his appearance to the world. 10 The Word was already in the world. The world was made through him, but the world did not accept who he was. 11 He came to the world that was his own, and his own people did not welcome him. 12 But some people did accept him. They believed in him, and he gave them the right to become children of God. 13 Yes, they became God’s children, but not by a physical birth. It did not involve any human desire or wish. God himself made them his children. 14 The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness— the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. He was filled with God’s grace and truth. 15 John spoke about him when he made this public announcement: “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘The one who is coming after me is greater than I am, because he was there in the beginning, long before I was born.’” 16 He was so full of God’s grace and truth that we received from him one blessing after another.

17 That is, the law was given to us through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son, who is himself, God, has shown us what God is like. He is so close to the Father that when we have seen him, we have seen God.

John Tells About the Messiah (Matt. 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-9,15-17)

19 The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John to ask him, “Who are you?”

He told them the truth.

20 Without any hesitation he said openly and plainly, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He answered, “No, I am not Elijah.”

They asked, “Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No, I am not the Prophet.”

22 They said, “Then who are you? Give us an answer to tell the people who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 Using the words of Isaiah the prophet, John said, “I am ‘the voice of someone shouting in the desert: Make a straight road ready for the Lord!’”

24 These Jews were sent from the Pharisees. 25 They said to John, “You say you are not the Messiah. You say you are not Elijah or the Prophet. Then why do you baptize people?”

26 John answered, “I have authority to baptize people with water. But here among you is someone you don’t know. 27 He is the one who will come after me. But I am not good enough even to be the slave who unties his sandals.”

28 These things all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. This is where John was baptizing people.


Psalm 53:1-6

To the director: Use the mahalath. A maskil of David.


Only fools think there is no God. People like that are evil and do terrible things. They never do what is right.

2 God looks down from heaven to see if there is anyone who is wise, anyone who looks to him for help.

3 But everyone has turned away from him. Everyone has become evil. No one does anything good. No, not one person!

4 Those who are evil treat my people like bread to be eaten. And they never ask for God’s help. Don’t they understand what they are doing?

5 They will be filled with fear— a fear like they have never felt before! People of Israel, you will defeat those who attacked you, because God has rejected them. And he will scatter their bones.

6 I wish the one who lives on Mount Zion would bring victory to Israel! When God makes Israel successful again, the people of Jacob will be very happy; the people of Israel will be glad.