Judges 2:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:9, NIV: And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Judges 2:9, ESV: And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.

Judges 2:9, KJV: And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.

Judges 2:9, NASB: And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Judges 2:9, NLT: They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Judges 2:9, CSB: They buried him in the territory of his inheritance, in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

What does Judges 2:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The death of Israel's great leaders often marked the start of a new era in the people's lives. Moses' death outside the Promised Land began—at long last—Israel's conquest of the land God had promised to His people so many years before. In much the same way, Joshua's death begins a new season in the history of Israel. Unfortunately, this is a season of Israel falling into sin, crying out for rescue, and being temporarily led by "judges" raised up by God (Judges 2:11–15).

Before that pattern begins, Joshua is buried in the territory of his own tribe Ephraim at 110 years old. Specifically, Joshua is laid to rest at Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. Bible scholars put Joshua's portion of the land about 15 miles, or 24 kilometers, southwest of Shechem, right in the heart of Israel.