15:5 The eastern border was the Salt Sea to the mouth 1 of the Jordan River. 2
The northern border started north of the Salt Sea at the mouth of the Jordan, 3 15:6 went up to Beth Hoglah, crossed north of Beth Arabah, and went up to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 15:7 It then went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, turning northward to Gilgal (which is opposite the Pass 4 of Adummim south of the valley), crossed to the waters of En Shemesh and extended to En Rogel. 15:8 It then went up the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites on the south (that is, Jerusalem), 5 going up to the top of the hill opposite the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the west, which is at the end of the Valley of the Rephaites to the north. 15:9 It then went from the top of the hill to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, extended to the cities of Mount Ephron, and went to Baalah (that is, Kiriath Jearim). 15:10 It then turned from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, crossed to the slope of Mount Jearim on the north (that is Kesalon), descended to Beth Shemesh, and crossed to Timnah. 15:11 It then extended to the slope of Ekron to the north, went toward Shikkeron, crossed to Mount Baalah, extended to Jabneel, and ended at the sea.
15:12 The western border was the Mediterranean Sea. 6 These were the borders of the tribe of Judah and its clans. 7
1 tn Heb “end.”
2 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied for clarity.
3 tn Heb “the border on the northern side was from the tongue of the sea, from the end of the Jordan.”
4 tn Or “ascent.”
5 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
6 tn Heb “the Great Sea,” the typical designation for the Mediterranean Sea.
7 tn Heb “this was the border of the sons of Judah round about, by their clans.”