God told Moses to tell the Israelites when they enter Canaan that the land will be allotted to them as an inheritance, and that the land will have certain boundaries.
|» All the Books in the Bible «|
Boundaries of the Inherited Land
The southern area will include some parts of the Zin Desert, along the Edom border. The southern border will begin in the eastern region from the southern area of the Dead Sea. It will cross south of the Scorpion Pass, then keep going to Zin. It will then go south of the Kadesh Barnea. It will extend to the Hazar Addar and then over to Azmon, there it will turn and join the Wadi area of Egypt. The boundary will conclude at the Mediterranean Sea.
Borders on All Sides
The western boundary will be on the Mediterranean Sea coast and it will be the border on the west. The northern boundary will run from the Mediterranean to Mount Hor. Then, from Mount Hor it will run to Lebo Hamath.
The boundary will extend to Zedad and continue on to Ziphron. It will end at Hazar Enan. The eastern border will then run to Shepham. The border will go to Riblah which is on the east part of Ain. It will continue across the slopes that are east of the Galilee Sea. The border will run down the Jordan and then it will conclude at the Dead Sea. God said the land would be the Israelites’ with borders on all sides.
Dividing Up the Inheritance
Moses then commanded the Israelites and said the land would be assigned by lot as their inheritance. Moses told them that God had ordered that 9 ½ tribes would receive the inheritance since the families in the Reuben tribe, the Gad tribe, and half of the Manasseh tribe had already been given their inheritance which was across from Jericho.
God told Moses that Eleazar and Joshua were to allocate the land as an inheritance and they were to do this for Moses. Moses was to appoint a leader from every one of the tribes to help.
Numbers 34 (King James Version)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)
3 Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward:
4 And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon:
5 And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.
6 And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border.
7 And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor:
8 From mount Hor ye shall point out your border unto the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad:
9 And the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border.
10 And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham:
11 And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward:
12 And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.
13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe:
14 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:
15 The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.
16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
17 These are the names of the men which shall divide the land unto you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.
18 And ye shall take one prince of every tribe, to divide the land by inheritance.
19 And the names of the men are these: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
20 And of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.
21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.
22 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli.
23 The prince of the children of Joseph, for the tribe of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod.
24 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Ephraim, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan.
25 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Zebulun, Elizaphan the son of Parnach.
26 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Issachar, Paltiel the son of Azzan.
27 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Asher, Ahihud the son of Shelomi.
28 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Naphtali, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.
29 These are they whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance unto the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.