The corresponding letter to this chapter is Koph –holiness; cycles of growth; summary and judgment at the end of the cycle of life.
Tribes continue to receive their inheritance as promised.
Y’hoshua 19:1-9 Then the second lot fell to Shim’on, to the tribe of the sons of Shim’on according to their families, and their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the sons of Y’hudah. So they had as their inheritance Be’ersheva or Sheva and Moladah, and Hatzar-Shu’al and Balah and Etzem, and El-Tolad and B’tul and Hormah, and Ziklag and Beit-Markavot and Hatzar-Susah, and Beit-L’vaot and Sharuchen, thirteen cities with their villages; Ayin, Rimmon and Eter and Ashan, four cities with their villages; and all the villages which were around these cities as far as Ba’alat-Be’er, Ramah of the Negev. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Shimon according to their families. The inheritance of the sons of Shim’on was taken from the portion of the sons of Y’hudah, for the share of the sons of Y’hudah was too large for them; so the sons of Shim’on received an inheritance in the midst of Y’hudah 's inheritance.
Shim’on (Simeon- Southern portion)
Y’hoshua 19:10-16 Now the third lot came up for the sons of Z’vulun (Zebulun) according to their families. And the territory of their inheritance was as far as Sarid. Then their border went up to the west and to Mar’alah, it then touched Dabeshet, and reached to the brook that is before Yokne’am. Then it turned from Sarid to the east toward the sunrise as far as the border of Kislot-Tavor, and it proceeded to Dovrat and up to Yafia. And from there it continued eastward toward the sunrise to Gat-Hefer, to Et-Katzin, and it proceeded to Rimmon which stretches to Ne’ah. And the border circled around it on the north to Hanaton, and it ended at the valley of Yiftach’el. Included also were Katah and Nahalal and Shimron and Yidalah and Beit-Lechem; twelve cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the sons of Z’vulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.
Z’vulun (Zebulun) (West of the Sea of Gallilee)
Y’hoshua 19:17-23 The fourth lot fell to Yissakhar, to the sons of Yissakhar according to their families. And their territory was to Yizre’el and included K’sulot and Shunem, and Hafarayim and Shi’on and Anaharath, and Rabit and Kishyon and Evetz, and Remet and Ein-Ganim and Ein-Hadah and Beit-Patzetz. And the border reached to Tavor and Shachatzimah and Beit-Shemesh, and their border ended at the Yarden (Jordan); sixteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Yissakhar according to their families, the cities with their villages.
Yissakhar (Issachar) (Below the Sea of Galilee from the Jordan w over to Mt. Tabor)
Y’hoshua 19:24-31 Now the fifth lot fell to the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families. And their territory was Helkat and Hali and Beten and Akshaf, and Alamelekh and Amad and Mishal; and it reached to Karmel on the west and to Shichor-Livnat. And it turned toward the east to Beit-dagon, and reached to Z’vulun, and to the valley of Yiftach’el northward to Beit-Emek and Ne’i’el; then it proceeded on north to Kabul, and Evron and Rechov and Hamon and Kanah, as far as Great Tzidon. And the border turned to Ramah, and to the fortified city of Tyre; then the border turned to Hosah, and it ended at the sea by the region to Akhziv. Included also were Umah, and Afek and Rechov; twenty-two cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.
Asher (from Mt. Carmel in the S to the area of Tyre in the N)
Y’hoshua 19:32-39 The sixth lot fell to the sons of Naftali; to the sons of Naftali according to their families. And their border was from Helef, from the oak in Tza’ananim and Adami-Nekev and Yavne’el, as far as Lakum; and it ended at the Yarden. Then the border turned westward to Aznot-Tavor, and proceeded from there to Hukok; and it reached to Z’vulun on the south and touched Asher on the west, and to Y’hudah at the Yarden toward the east. And the fortified cities were Tzidim, Tzer and Hamat, Rakat and Kinneret, and Adamah and Ramah and Hatzor, and Kedesh and Edre’i and En-Hatzor, and Yir’on and Migdal-El, Horem and Beit-Anat and Beit-Shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Naftali according to their families, the cities with their villages.
Naftali (Below Dan; the later northern section of Dan, also between Asher and Manasseh on the E)
Y’hoshua 19:40-51 The seventh lot fell to the tribe of the sons of Dan according to their families. And the territory of their inheritance was Tzor’ah and Eshta’ol and Ir-Shemesh, and Sha’alabin and Ayalon and Yitlah, and Eilon and Timnah and Ekron, and Elt’keh and Gib’ton and Ba’alat, and Y’hud and B’nei-Brak and Gat-Rimon, and Yarkon and Rakon, with the territory over against Yafo. And the territory of the sons of Dan proceeded beyond them; for the sons of Dan went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. Then they struck it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and settled in it; and they called Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their father. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages. When they finished apportioning the land for inheritance by its borders, the sons of Israel gave an inheritance in their midst to Y’hoshua the son of Nun. In accordance with the command of the L-RD they gave him the city for which he asked, Timnat-Serach in the hill country of Efrayim. So he built the city and settled in it. These are the inheritances which El’azar the priest and Y’hoshua the son of Nun and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel distributed by lot in Shiloh before the L-RD, at the doorway of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land.
Dan- Between Ephraim and Y’hudah. Failed to possess and migrated northeast to the very north of the Sea of Galilee)
B'resheet (Genesis) 49:16-17 "Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. "Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.
The last judge was Samson who was indeed cunning against his enemies. He would be a Nazirite to G-d from the womb. L-rd willing, we will study Judges and Samson next.