The land is to divided into thirteen equal portions. Jerusalem’s gates are described and the city is renamed “YHWH is There.”
Jerusalem is renamed: “The name of the city from that day on shall be ‘YHWH Is There.’” (v. 35)
III. Select Verses
4-5: Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the eastern border to the western border: Manasseh — one. Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the eastern border to the western border: Ephraim — one.
9-10: The reserve that you set aside for the LORD shall be 25,000 long and 10,000 wide. It shall be apportioned to the following: The sacred reserve for the priests shall measure 25,000 [cubits] on the north, 10,000 on the west, 10,000 on the east, and 25,000 on the south, with the LORD’s Sanctuary in the middle of it.
11: This consecrated area shall be for the priests of the line of Zadok, who kept My charge and did not go astray, as the Levites did when the people of Israel went astray.
32: On the eastern side, [measuring] 4,500 cubits — there shall be three gates: the Joseph Gate: one; the Benjamin Gate: one; and the Dan Gate: one.
35b: The name of the city from that day on shall be “The LORD Is There.”
1-29. The strips of land
1. Northern border; Dan
8-22. The land set aside
8-12. The temple and the Zadokite priests’ land
13-14. The Levites’ land
15-20. The city and land for the city workers
21-22. The prince’s land
27-27. Gad; Southern border
29. Closing statement
30-35. The city gates and name
30-31. Northern gates: Reuben, Judah, Levi
32. Eastern gates: Joseph, Benjamin, Dan
33. Southern gates: Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun
34. Western gates: Gad, Asher, Naphtali
35b. The city’s name: “YHWH is There”
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)