Numbers chapter 34

The borders of the Promised Land. Officials to supervise the allotments.

 


 

THE BORDERS OF THE PROMISED LAND

 

VERSE 1. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 

VERSE 2. “Command the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you come into the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan according to its borders),

the land of Canaan. That is, the Promised Land.

 

VERSE 3. then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the side of Edom, and your south border shall be from the end of the Salt Sea eastward.

 

VERSE 4. Your border shall turn about southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass along to Zin; and it shall pass southward of Kadesh Barnea; and it shall go from there to Hazar Addar, and pass along to Azmon.

 

VERSE 5. The border shall turn about from Azmon to the brook of Egypt, and it shall end at the sea.

 

VERSE 6. “ ‘For the western border, you shall have the great sea and its border. This shall be your west border.

the great sea. That is, the Mediterranean Sea.

 

VERSE 7. “ ‘This shall be your north border: from the great sea you shall mark out for yourselves Mount Hor.

 

VERSE 8. From Mount Hor you shall mark out to the entrance of Hamath; and the border shall pass by Zedad.

 

VERSE 9. Then the border shall go to Ziphron, and it shall end at Hazar Enan. This shall be your north border.

 

VERSE 10. “ ‘You shall mark out your east border from Hazar Enan to Shepham.

 

VERSE 11. The border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain. The border shall go down, and shall reach to the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward.

 

VERSE 12. The border shall go down to the Jordan, and end at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land according to its borders around it.’ ”

 

VERSE 13. Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, “This is the land which you shall inherit by lot, which the LORD has commanded to give to the nine tribes, and to the half-tribe;

the nine tribes. There are twelve tribes. Nine tribes will settle inside the Promised Land.

Three tribes (Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh) will settle outside the Promised Land, as we saw in Numbers chapter 32.

 

VERSE 14. for the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their fathers’ houses, the tribe of the children of Gad according to their fathers’ houses, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance.

 

VERSE 15. The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise.”

 

OFFICIALS TO SUPERVISE THE ALLOTMENTS

 

VERSE 16. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 

VERSE 17. “These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Eleazar the priest. Eleazar replaced Aaron.

Joshua the son of Nun. Forty years earlier, Joshua was one of the twelve spies Moses sent into Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones to provide a good report.

After Moses dies, Joshua will lead the nation into the Promised Land.

 

VERSE 18. You shall take one prince of every tribe, to divide the land for inheritance.

 

VERSE 19. These are the names of the men: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

Caleb the son of Jephunneh. Forty years earlier, Caleb was one of the twelve spies Moses sent into Promised Land. Caleb and Joshua were the only ones to provide a good report.

 

VERSE 20. Of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.

 

VERSE 21. Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.

 

VERSE 22. Of the tribe of the children of Dan a prince, Bukki the son of Jogli.

 

VERSE 23. Of the children of Joseph: of the tribe of the children of Manasseh a prince, Hanniel the son of Ephod.

 

VERSE 24. Of the tribe of the children of Ephraim a prince, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan.

 

VERSE 25. Of the tribe of the children of Zebulun a prince, Elizaphan the son of Parnach.

 

VERSE 26. Of the tribe of the children of Issachar a prince, Paltiel the son of Azzan.

 

VERSE 27. Of the tribe of the children of Asher a prince, Ahihud the son of Shelomi.

 

VERSE 28. Of the tribe of the children of Naphtali a prince, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.”

 

VERSE 29. These are they whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance to the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.

 


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