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And you will divide it as an inheritance, each one equally with the other, for I lifted up my hand and swore to give it to your fathers, so this land will fall to you as an inheritance. Bible

“lifted up my hand.” One way a person swore a solemn oath was to raise his hand and swear. See commentary on Genesis 14:22.

“to give it to your fathers.” God promised the land of Israel to the fathers of Israel. God told Abraham that he and his descendants would get the land (Gen. 12:7; 13:15-17; 15:7, 18; 17:8). Then God said the same thing to Isaac (Gen. 26:3), to Jacob: (Gen. 28:13; 35:12; 48:4), and to the tribes of Israel many times: (cp. Exod. 6:4, 8; 12:25; 13:5, 11; Lev. 14:34; 20:24; 23:10; 25:2). The reason that Israel is called “the Promised Land” is because God promised it.

“fall to you.” An idiomatic phrase meaning “be yours.” The idiom came from the tradition of giving land by lot, that is, by casting stones or “lots” in some way. Thus the land would “fall” to the person. We still speak of dice “falling” for or against us.


Commentary for: Ezekiel 47:14