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Joshua 18:28

and Zelah, Haeleph and the Jebusite (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, Kiriath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin according to their families.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Benjamin;   Eleph;   Gibeah;   Jebusites;   Jerusalem;   Zelah;   Thompson Chain Reference - Jerusalem;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Benjamin, Tribe of;   Jerusalem;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Canaanites;   Jerusalem;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Benjamin;   Gibeah;   Jebusites;   Jerusalem;   Kiriath-jearim;   Palestine;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Benjamin;   Geba;   Jebus;   Judah, Kingdom of;   Kirjath;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahijah;   Aphrah;   Benjamin;   Eleph;   Gibeah;   Jebus;   Jerusalem;   Joshua, the Book of;   Kirjath Jearim;   Zelah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gibeah;   Gibeath;   Haeleph;   Jebusi;   Kiriath;   Tribes of Israel, the;   Zelah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Benjamin;   Eleph;   Jerusalem;   Joshua;   Kiriath;   Mozah;   Priests and Levites;   Zela;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Eleph ;   Jebus, Jebusi ;   Judah ;   Kirjathjearim ;   Villages;   Zelah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jerusalem;   Kirjath;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jerusalem;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Smith Bible Dictionary - E'leph;   Gib'e-Ath,;   Je'bus;   Jebu'si;   Kir'jath;   Ze'lah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jerusalem;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eleph;   Gibeah;   Gibeath (2);   Jebus;   Joshua, Book of;   Kiriath;   Kiriath-Jearim;   Zela;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Benjamin;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Gibeah;   Jerusalem;   Judges, Book of;   Lion;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And Zelah - This was the burying-place of Saul, Jonathan, and the family of Kish. See 2 Samuel 21:14.

Jebusi, which is Jerusalem - We often meet with this name, and it is evident that it was the ancient name of Jerusalem, which was also called Salem; and was probably the place in which Melchizedek reigned in the days of Abraham; though some think a different place is meant; for that there was another place of the same name, is evident from John 3:23. This place, called Salim by the evangelist, is said to be near to Enon, and there John baptized, because there was much water in the place. This, however, must not be confounded with the Salem mentioned above; for that this was a name of Jerusalem, is evident from Psalm 76:1, Psalm 76:2; : In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Zion. This must refer to Jerusalem, where the temple was situated. Whether Jebus or Jebusi had its name from the Jebusites, or the Jebusites from it, cannot be ascertained.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-18.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Zelaheath,.... Zelah was the buryingplace of Saul and his family, 2 Samuel 21:14.

Eleph is nowhere else mentioned; some join it with Zelah, and make one city of it, but then the number of cities given could not be completed; both Jarchi and Kimchi say they were two cities, as doubtless they were:

and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem; of Jerusalem being called Jebusi, see Joshua 15:63; it belonged partly to the tribe of Judah, and partly to the tribe of Benjamin; Mount Zion belonged to Judah, and Moriah to Benjamin:

Gibeath was a distinct city both from Gaba and Gibeon; by its being mentioned with Jerusalem, it should seem to be near it. JeromF25De loc. Heb. fol. 92. C. speaks of Gabaatha in the tribe of Benjamin, twelve miles from Eleutheropolis, where the grave of the Prophet Habakkuk was shown:

and Kirjath signifies a city, but what city is meant is not known:

fourteen cities with their villages; and just so many are mentioned by name:

this is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families; these cities, with others perhaps not mentioned, were allotted to the tribe of Benjamin for their families to dwell in.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-18.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which [is] n Jerusalem, Gibeath, [and] Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This [is] the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

(n) Which was not completely in the tribe of Benjamin, but part of it was also in the tribe of Judah.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-18.html. 1599-1645.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

REFLECTIONS

My soul! while beholding the Israelites busily engaged, as this Chapter represents them, setting up the tabernacle in Shiloh; do thou let thy meditation take wing, and behold that true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man. See, gaze, contemplate, look upon it, and view well the glorious building. And when the whole of its splendors have passed and repassed in delightful review before thee, look within the sacred temple, and behold Jesus, thine own Jesus, the Almighty minister of this sanctuary, even the Shiloh himself, to whom the gathering of the people shall be. Oh! thou dear Redeemer, than great High Priest of our calling! give me to hear that voice which John heard, and to know my personal interest in it. Behold! the tabernacle of God is with men; and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God!

I would call to mind, while looking over Benjamin's portion, what the man of God prophesied concerning this lot. He called him the beloved of the Lord. He prophesied that he should dwell in safety by him; that the Lord should cover him all the day long; and that he should dwell between his shoulders. Oh! for an interest in the same love, the same assurances of safety, the same Almighty covering, and the same dwelling under the God of Jacob. Dearest Jesus! make me the object of thy love, the object of thy care, thy protection, thy safety. Witness for me, ye angels of light, and above all, thou Holy Spirit of all truth, do thou witness to my spirit, that I prefer these mercies of my God and Savior, beyond all the riches of the earth. Oh! may I be found so justified in the blood and righteousness of him, that is the Surety and Defence of his people, that I may be like Benjamin, the beloved of the Lord; and like John, the disciple whom Jesus loveth.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/joshua-18.html. 1828.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which is Jerusalem: so it seems this city did properly and primarily belong to Benjamin, although the tribe of Judah had also an interest in it, either because some part of it was allotted to them, or because the Benjamites gave them a share in it, for the assistance which either they had received or did expect from that potent tribe, for the getting or defending of that very important place. See Poole "Joshua 15:63". It is more than probable that all the cities belonging to this tribe are not here named, because Anathoth and Almon are omitted here, but expressed Joshua 21:18.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

28.Jebusi, or, the Jebusite. See Joshua 10:1. Gibeath, commonly called Gibeah, famous as the birthplace and residence of Saul, the first king of Israel. It was the scene of that atrocious crime which led almost to the annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin. Judges 19:15, ff. Robinson identifies it with the lofty and commanding hill el-Fal, three or four miles north of Jerusalem.

Kirjath — See Joshua 9:17. “For a short time Benjamin rose to the highest rank in the commonwealth, when this tribe gave birth to the first king. Its ultimate position in the nation was altered by the one great change which affected the polarity of the whole political and geographical organization of the country, but of none more than that of Benjamin, when the fortress of Jebus, hitherto within its territory, was annexed by Judah, and became the capital of the monarchy.” — Stanley.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-18.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 18:28. And Jebusi, which is Jerusalem — See Joshua 15:63, where it is reckoned to the tribe of Judah; for both that tribe and Benjamin had an interest in it, as we have there stated. The inheritance of the children of Benjamin — Which was one of the smallest, with respect to the quantity of ground which they possessed, but the soil was the richest of all the other tribes, as Josephus informs us.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-18.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Jebus. The city was called Salem in the days of Abraham, Genesis xiv. 18., and Psalm lxxv. 3. St. Jerome supposes that Melchisedec resided near Scythopolis, at Salem. (Genesis xxxiii. 17., ep. ad Evag.) Usher thinks he lived at Salim, John iii. 23. --- Gabaath. There seems to have been two cities of this name; one famous for the tomb of Habacuc, (St. Jerome) and the other in the tribe of Ephraim, chap. xxiv. 33. (Calmet)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

Zelah, [the Septuagint omits] - (cf. 2 Samuel 21:14.) No trace of it has been found.

Eleph, [ haa-'Elep (Hebrew #507)] - the ox or cow, indicating the pastoral character of the place.

Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, [ w

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.
Zelah
2 Samuel 21:14
Jebusi
16; 15:8,63; 2 Samuel 5:8
Gibeath
Judges 19:12-15; 20:4,5; 1 Samuel 10:26; 13:15,16; Isaiah 10:29; Hosea 10:9
Gibeah
according.
Numbers 26:54; 33:54 Reciprocal: Joshua 10:3 - king of Jerusalem;  Judges 19:10 - Jebus;  Judges 19:13 - Gibeah;  1 Samuel 13:2 - in Gibeah;  2 Samuel 5:6 - the Jebusites;  1 Chronicles 8:28 - dwelt;  1 Chronicles 11:4 - Jebus;  2 Chronicles 13:2 - Gibeah

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 18:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-18.html.