New American Standard Bible
"According to the selection by lot, their inheritance shall be divided between the larger and the smaller groups."
King James Bible
According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few.
Darby Bible Translation
according to lot shall his inheritance be divided to each, be they many or few in number.
World English Bible
According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided between the more and the fewer."
Young's Literal Translation
according to the lot is their inheritance apportioned between many and few.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
According to the lot ... - This method was adopted not only in order to preclude jealousies and disputes, but also that the several tribes might regard the territories as determined for them by God Himself: compare Proverbs 16:33.
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"But the land shall be divided by lot. They shall receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.
These are those who were numbered of the Levites according to their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari, the family of the Merarites.
"You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
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