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Borders of Israel

34 Adonai spoke to Moses saying, “Command Bnei-Yisrael and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan, these are the boundaries of the land being allotted to you as an inheritance. Your southern side will run from the wilderness of Zin along the border of Edom to the southern end of the Dead Sea on the east. Your border will cross south of the Scorpion Pass and continue to Zin and south of Kadesh-barnea, then go on to Hazar-addar and on to Azmon. Then the border will turn from Azmon to the Wadi of Egypt and end at the sea.

“Your western boundary will be the coast of the Great Sea. This will be your western border.

“Your northern boundary will be by running a line from the Great Sea to Mount Hor, then from Mount Hor to Levo-Hamath[a], then the boundary will go to Zedad. The border will continue on to Ziphron, ending at Hazar-Enan. This will be your northern border.

10 “For your eastern border, run a line from Hazar-Enan to Shepham. 11 From Shepham, the boundary will descend to Riblah on the east side of Ain, continuing along the eastern slopes of Kinneret[b]. 12 From there the border will go down along the Jordan, ending at the Dead Sea. This will be your territory with its surrounding borders.”

13 Moses commanded Bnei-Yisrael, saying, “This is the land which Adonai has commanded that you are to assign by lot to the nine and a half tribes. 14 For the tribe of the sons of Reuben by their ancestral houses, the tribe of the sons of Gad by their ancestral houses, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance. 15 These two and a half tribes have received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan at Jericho, toward the sunrise.”

16 Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 17 “These are the names of the men who will allot the land to you: Eleazar the kohen and Joshua son of Nun. 18 Also you are to select one prince from each tribe to allot the land. 19 These are their names: from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh. 20 From the tribe of the sons of Simeon, Shemuel son of Ammihud. 21 From the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad son of Chislon. 22 From the tribe of the sons of Dan, the prince is Bukki son of Jogli. 23 From the sons of Joseph, from the tribe of the sons of Manasseh, the prince is to be Hanniel son of Ephod. 24 The prince from the tribe of the sons of Ephraim is to be Kemuel son of Shiphtan.

25 “The prince from the tribe of the sons of Zebulun is Elizaphan son of Parnach. 26 The prince from the tribe of the sons of Issachar is Paltiel son of Azzan. 27 The prince from the tribe of the sons of Asher is Ahihud son of Shelomi. 28 The prince from the tribe of the sons of Naphtali is Pedahel son of Ammihud.” 29 These were those Adonai commanded to apportion to Bnei-Yisrael the land of Canaan.


  1. Numbers 34:8 Or, entrance of Hamat.
  2. Numbers 34:11 Kinneret = Sea of Galilee.