Ezekiel 47:13-23 NLT

13 This is what the Sovereign says: “Divide the land in this way for the twelve tribes of Israel: The descendants of Joseph will be given two shares of land.a

References for Ezekiel 47:13

    • 47:13 - It was important to retain twelve portions of land. Since Levi had no portion, the descendants of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, received land as two tribes.
      14 Otherwise each tribe will receive an equal share. I took a solemn oath and swore that I would give this land to your ancestors, and it will now come to you as your possession.
      15 “These are the boundaries of the land: The northern border will run from the Mediterranean toward Hethlon, then on through Lebo-hamath to Zedad;
      16 then it will run to Berothah and Sibraim,b which are on the border between Damascus and Hamath, and finally to Hazer-hatticon, on the border of Hauran.

      References for Ezekiel 47:16

        • 47:16 - As in Greek version; Masoretic Text reads then on through Lebo to Zedad; then it will run to Hamath, Berothah, and Sibraim.
          17 So the northern border will run from the Mediterranean to Hazar-enan, on the border between Hamath to the north and Damascus to the south.
          18 “The eastern border starts at a point between Hauran and Damascus and runs south along the Jordan River between Israel and Gilead, past the Dead Seac and as far south as Tamar.d This will be the eastern border.

          References for Ezekiel 47:18

            • 47:18 - Hebrew the eastern sea.
            • 47:18 - As in Greek version; Hebrew reads you will measure.
              19 “The southern border will go west from Tamar to the waters of Meribah at Kadeshe and then follow the course of the Brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean. This will be the southern border.

              References for Ezekiel 47:19

                • 47:19 - Hebrew waters of Meribath-kadesh.
                  20 “On the west side, the Mediterranean itself will be your border from the southern border to the point where the northern border begins, opposite Lebo-hamath.
                  21 “Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel.
                  22 Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes.
                  23 These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign , have spoken!