Good News Translation
The Boundaries of the Land
1The Lord gave Moses 2the following instructions for the people of Israel: “When you enter Canaan, the land which I am giving you, the borders of your territory will be as follows. 3The southern border will extend from the wilderness of Zin along the border of Edom. It will begin on the east at the southern end of the Dead Sea. 4Then it will turn southward toward Akrabbim Pass and continue on through Zin as far south as Kadesh Barnea. Then it will turn northwest to Hazar Addar and on to Azmon, 5where it will turn toward the valley at the border of Egypt and end at the Mediterranean.
6“The western border will be the Mediterranean Sea.
7“The northern border will follow a line from the Mediterranean to Mount Hor 8and from there to Hamath Pass. It will continue to Zedad 9and to Ziphron, and will end at Hazar Enan.
10“The eastern border will follow a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 11It will then go south to Harbel, east of Ain, and on to the hills on the eastern shore of Lake Galilee, 12then south along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea.
“These will be the four borders of your land.”
13 So Moses said to the Israelites, “This is the land that you will receive by drawing lots, the land that the Lord has assigned to the nine and one-half tribes. 14The tribes of Reuben and Gad and the eastern half of Manasseh have received their property, divided according to their families, 15on the eastern side of the Jordan, opposite Jericho.”
The Leaders Responsible for Dividing the Land
16The Lord said to Moses, 17“Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun will divide the land for the people. 18Take also one leader from each tribe to help them divide it.” 19-28These are the men the Lord chose:
29These are the men that the Lord assigned to divide the property for the people of Israel in the land of Canaan.
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