Numbers 26:55
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New International Version
Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe.

New Living Translation
But you must assign the land by lot, and give land to each ancestral tribe according to the number of names on the list.

English Standard Version
But the land shall be divided by lot. According to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, the land must be divided by lot; they shall receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.

New American Standard Bible
"But the land shall be divided by lot. They shall receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.

King James Bible
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

Christian Standard Bible
The land is to be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The land must be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes.

International Standard Version
but the land is to be divided by lot, inheriting according to the names of their ancestor's tribe.

NET Bible
The land must be divided by lot; and they will inherit in accordance with the names of their ancestral tribes.

New Heart English Bible
Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the land must be divided by drawing lots. The tribes will receive their land based on the names of their ancestors.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

New American Standard 1977
“But the land shall be divided by lot. They shall receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

American King James Version
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

American Standard Version
Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet so that by lot the land be divided to the tribe and families.

Darby Bible Translation
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers shall they inherit;

English Revised Version
Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

World English Bible
Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

Young's Literal Translation
'Only by lot is the land apportioned, by the names of the tribes of their fathers they inherit;
Study Bible
Inheritance by Lot
54Increase the inheritance for a large tribe and decrease it for a small one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those registered. 55Indeed, the land must be divided by lot; they shall receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers. 56Each inheritance is to be divided by lot among the larger and smaller tribes.”…
Cross References
Numbers 26:56
Each inheritance is to be divided by lot among the larger and smaller tribes."

Numbers 33:54
And you are to divide the land by lot according to your clans. Give a larger inheritance to a larger clan and a smaller inheritance to a smaller one. Whatever falls to each one by lot will be his. You will receive an inheritance according to the tribes of your fathers.

Numbers 34:13
So Moses commanded the Israelites, "Apportion this land by lot as an inheritance, which the LORD commanded to be given to the nine and a half tribes.

Joshua 14:2
Their inheritance was assigned by lot for the nine and a half tribes, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

Ezekiel 47:22
You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners who dwell among you and who have children. You are to treat them as native-born Israelites; along with you, they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

Treasury of Scripture

Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

This division by lot seems to have respect only to the quarter, or situation, which each tribe was to possess, and not to the quantity or extent of land, which was to be proportioned to the numbers of each tribe, according to the register now formed. Thus, for instance, it was determined by lot which of the twelve tribes was to inherit in the south, which in the north, etc.; then, in that quarter where the lot fell, a larger or smaller portion of land was assigned them, according to the goodness of the soil, and in proportion as they were more or less numerous. Thus the decreasing of any tribe in the wilderness, proved the decrease of their future political importance and affluence in all succeeding ages. This equal division of property was, under God, the great bulwark and strength of the Hebrew commonwealth. According to the most exact calculations, Canaan contained

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Verse 55. - Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot. This can only be reconciled with the preceding order by assuming that the lot was to determine the situation of the territory, the actual boundaries being left to the discretion of the rulers. Recourse was had as far as possible to the lot in order to refer the matter directly to God, of whose will and gift they held the land (cf. Proverbs 16:33; Acts 1:26). The lot would also remove any suspicion that the more numerous tribes, such as Judah or Dan, were unfairly favoured (verse 56). Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot,.... That the division might appear to be according to the determination and will of God, and not left to the judgment and discretion of the chief magistrate, though bound by the above rule:

according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit; that is, according as to whatsoever name of a tribe such a part or portion of the land comes up by lot, that shall their inheritance be: Jarchi says, the names of the twelve tribes were written on twelve scrolls of parchment, and twelve borders or limits of land on twelve others, and they were mixed together in an urn, and the prince put his hand into it and took two scrolls; a scroll came up with the name of a tribe, and a scroll with a border or limit expressed on it; and the lot, he says, was by the Holy Ghost, for Eleazar, at the same time, was clothed with Urim and Thummim (s); so that the people were certain that the disposition and division of the land was of God; but there were but nine tribes and a half, among whom the land of Canaan was divided, two tribes and a half settled on the other side Jordan, namely, the tribes of Reuben and Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh.

(s) Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Biccurim, c. 1. sect. 5. 55. the land shall be divided by lot—The appeal to the lot did not place the matter beyond the control of God; for it is at His disposal (Pr 16:33), and He has fixed to all the bounds of their habitation. The manner in which the lot was taken has not been recorded. But it is evident that the lot was cast for determining the section of the country in which each tribe should be located—not the quantity of their possessions. In other words, when the lot had decided that a particular tribe was to be settled in the north or the south, the east or the west, the extent of territory was allocated according to the rule (Nu 26:54).26:52-56 In distributing these tribes, the general rule of equity is prescribed; that to many should be given more, and to fewer less. Though it seems left to the prudence of their prince, the matter at last must be settled by the providence of God, with which all must be satisfied.
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