Numbers 34:17

17 “These are the names of the men who are to assign the land for you as an inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun.

Read Numbers 34:17 Using Other Translations

These are the names of the men which shall divide the land unto you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.
"These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun.
“Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun are the men designated to divide the grants of land among the people.

What does Numbers 34:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 34:17

These are the names of the men which shall divide the land
unto you
Or "inherit the land for you" F26; that is, as Jarchi interprets it, they were to take possession of it in their name and stead, as their representatives, and then distribute it unto them, or divide it to be inherited by them; but whatever may be said for the princes of the tribes, as acting for their respective tribes, and representing them, the same cannot be said of the two first named, as follow:

Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun;
the one the principal person in ecclesiastical affairs, and the other in civil ones; to divide the land being partly a sacred work, as it was a type of the heavenly Canaan, and a civil one, as it concerned the present welfare of the people of Israel; and both were types of Christ, the priest upon his throne, who is both priest and King; who, as the one, gives a right unto it, and, as the other, introduces into it.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (Mkl wlxny) "haereditabunt vobis", Montanus; "qui haereditario jure accipient pro vobis", Tigurine not.
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