Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 13:23

The border of the sons of Reuben was the Jordan. This was the inheritance of the sons of Reuben according to their families, the cities and their villages.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Reubenites;   Topography;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Amorites, the;   Reuben, the Tribe of;   Tribes of Israel, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Gad;   Manasseh, tribe of;   Reuben;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Land (of Israel);   Easton Bible Dictionary - Reuben, Tribe of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ashtaroth;   Villages;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Moab and the Moabite Stone;   Tribes of Israel, the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;   Numbers, Book of;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Heshbon ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Heshbon;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - City;   War;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The cities and the villages - By villages, חצרים chatserim, it is likely that moveable villages or tents are meant, such as are in use among the Bedouin Arabs; places where they were accustomed to feed and pen their cattle.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-13.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border thereof,.... As their border eastward was Aroer on the river Arnon, so their border westward was the river Jordan:

this was the inheritance of the children of Reuben, after their families, the cities and the villages thereof; which Moses gave them on the other side Jordan; and next follow an account of the inheritance of the tribe of Gad in those parts.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-13.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

And (this) was the boundary of the sons of Reuben, the Jordan and its territory,” i.e., the Jordan, or rather land adjoining it. The meaning is, that the territory of Reuben, viz., with the places mentioned last (Joshua 13:20), reached to the territory of the Jordan; for so far as the principal part was concerned, it was on the east of the Dead Sea, as it only reached from the Arnon to Heshbon, i.e., up to the latitude of the northern extremity of the Dead Sea. “ The towns and their villages. ” חצר, farm premises, used, as in Leviticus 25:31, to denote places not enclosed by a wall.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/joshua-13.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border thereof. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.

The border thereof — That is, those cities or places which bordered upon Jordan.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-13.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 13:23 And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border [thereof]. This [was] the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.

Ver. 23. {See Trapp on "Joshua 13:18"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-13.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And the border thereof, i.e. those cities or places which bordered upon Jordan. Compare Numbers 34:6.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-13.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and its border. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben according to their families, its cities and villages.’

Literally ‘the border was --- Jordan and a border.’ The phrase occurs in Joshua 13:27; in Joshua 15:12; Joshua 15:47 of the Great Sea; Numbers 34:6 of the Great Sea; Deuteronomy 3:16-17 of the Arnon in its valley and of Jordan. It seems to be a technical term to describe water as forming a continuing border.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-13.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

23.This was the inheritance of’ Reuben — The tribe of Reuben never did excel. Compare Genesis 49:4. They were never noted for mighty deeds, and their indifference in the war with Sisera, when the mighty ones went up to battle and they “abode among the sheepfolds to hear the bleatings of the flocks,” is properly satirized in the song of Deborah.

Judges 5:16, note. Their territory was overrun by the army of Tiglath-pileser, and they were carried away captive into upper Mesopotamia. 1 Chronicles 5:26. Then their depopulated cities and country were repossessed by their ancient owners, the Moabites, and hence it is that we find so many cities of Reuben afterwards in possession of the Moabites.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-13.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border thereof. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.

And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border, [ uwg

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 13:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-13.html. 1871-8.