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They came before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, “Yahweh commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” Therefore according to the commandment of Yahweh, he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father. Bible

“Yahweh commanded Moses to give us an inheritance.” This record is in Numbers 26:33; 27:1-7.

“according to the commandment of Yahweh, he gave them.” The “he” here in Joshua 17:4 refers to Moses. Moses gave them the inheritance, and Joshua carried out the command of Yahweh by Moses. The Hebrew text reads, “according to the mouth of Yahweh,” where “mouth” is put by the figure of speech metonymy for what comes from the mouth, in this case the commandment.


Commentary for: Joshua 17:4