Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 18:13

From there the border continued to Luz, to the side of Luz (that is, Bethel) southward; and the border went down to Ataroth-addar, near the hill which lies on the south of lower Beth-horon.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ataroth;   Benjamin;   Beth-El;   Beth-Horon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Benjamin, Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ataroth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Benjamin;   Bethel;   Palestine;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Beth-Horon;   Luz;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ataroth;   Bethhoron;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ataroth-Addar;   Beth-Horon;   Bethel;   Joshua, the Book of;   Tribes of Israel, the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Benjamin;   Beth-Horon;   Joshua;   Luz;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Atarothadar or Atarothaddar ;   Bethhoron ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Bethel;   Luz;   Smith Bible Dictionary - At'aroth;   Beth-Ho'ron;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ataroth;   Bethel;   Joshua (2);   Joshua, Book of;   Luz;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ataroth;   Beth-horon;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ataroth;   Benjamin;   Beth-Horon;   City;   Luz;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the border went over from thence towards Luz,.... From Bethaven, where the northern border ended, the western began, and went on to Luz:

to the side of Luz, which is Bethel, southward; that is, passed along, leaving that city to the south, which formerly was called Luz, but now Bethel, which though distinct places formerly, yet being very near, might in process of time be joined; See Gill on Joshua 16:2,

and the border descended to Atarothadar, the same with Archiataroth; see Gill on Joshua 16:2, and See Gill on Joshua 16:5,

near the hill that lieth on the south side of the nether Bethhoron; so called to distinguish it from Bethhoron the upper, situated on an hill or mountain, Joshua 16:5; this was rebuilt by Solomon, 1 Kings 9:17.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 18:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-18.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the border went over from thence toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which [is] k Bethel, southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that [lieth] on the south side of the nether Bethhoron.

(k) Which was in the tribe of Ephraim: another Bethel was in the tribe of Benjamin.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 18:13". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-18.html. 1599-1645.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

13.[Went over from thence — According to our note on Joshua 16:1, this border turned off north of Jericho, and ran up so as to take in Zemaraim, (Joshua 18:22;) thence it passed westward to Ophni, (Joshua 18:24,) where it curved to the south so as to run down near Beth-el.

To the side of Luz’ southward — Literally, to the shoulder of Luz, that is, some eminence in the vicinity. Southward here does not mean that the border ran on the south side of Beth-el, but it designates the general course of the border as it passed near Beth-el.

Descended to Ataroth-addar — That is, the border ran southward by the side of Luz as far as Ataroth.] See notes on Joshua 16:5-6. The nether Beth-horon still exists in the modern Beit-Ur-el-Tahta, situated on the top of a low ridge, which is separated by a narrow valley from the mountain on which the Upper Beth-horon stands.

See note on Joshua 10:10. South of this rises an eminence which is doubtless the hill here referred to.

[14. Compassed the corner of the sea southward — Rather, turned toward the side of the sea southward. The meaning is simply that from the Lower Beth-horon Benjamin’s western border turned southward towards the sea. It did not run unto the sea, as some have thought, nor is the reference here to Ephraim’s border, which ran off from this point unto the Mediterranean. Dr. Thomson needlessly supposes that the pool of Gibeon is the sea here intended. But in giving these boundaries the word sea is so constantly used of the Mediterranean that it is very arbitrary to take it in this single instance in so limited a sense. The goings out of Benjamin’s western border were not at the sea, but at Kirjath-baal which is Kirjath-jearim. On this city see note at Joshua 9:17. It lay almost directly south of Beth-horon, so that we must understand Benjamin’s western border to have formed a curve turning from Beth-horon first seaward and then winding gradually round to Kirjath-jearim on the southern border.

This was the west quarter — Literally, the side of the sea; that is, towards the sea.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 18:13". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-18.html. 1874-1909.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the border went over from thence toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Bethel, southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that lieth on the south side of the nether Bethhoron.
side of Luz
16:2; Genesis 28:19; Judges 1:22-26
Beth-horon
10:11; 16:3; 21:22
Reciprocal: Joshua 16:5 - Atarothaddar;  1 Samuel 13:18 - Bethhoron;  Nehemiah 11:31 - Aija

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 18:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-18.html.