Today’s passage is Joshua 15:45-63. Let’s go!
Joshua 15:45-63 (NIV)
45 Ekron, with its surrounding settlements and villages;
46 west of Ekron, all that were in the vicinity of Ashdod, together with their villages;
47 Ashdod, its surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt and the coastline of the Great Sea.
48 In the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,
49 Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (that is, Debir),
On verses 45-63: These verses conclude the list of towns and villages given to the tribe of Judah. When I read this list the following things jump out at me:
1. Ekron, Ashdod and Gaza (v45-47) were all cities occupied by the Philistines (see Joshua 13;3), but they are allotted here to Judah. Judah would need to go in and take over these cities.
2. Jerusalem was one of the cities that was allotted to Judah. But notice what verse 63 says: “Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.”