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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 34:1-15

We have here a particular draught of the line by which the land of Canaan was meted, and bounded, on all sides. God directs Moses to settle it here, not as a geographer in his map, merely to please the curious, but as a prince in his grant, that it may be certainly known what passes, and is conveyed, by the grant. There was a much larger possession promised them, which in due time they would have possessed if they had been obedient, reaching even to the river Euphrates, Dan. 11:24. And even so... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 34:2

Command the children of Israel, and say unto them ,.... Not to fix the borders, and settle the boundaries of the land, for that is done by the Lord himself, who has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of men's habitations, and particularly of Israel, see Deuteronomy 32:8 , but to observe and take notice of the limits he had fixed, that they might know how far they were to go on every side, whom they were to drive out, and what they were to divide and inherit, and see what... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Numbers 34:2

The land of Canaan with the coasts thereof - All description here is useless. The situation and boundaries of the land of Canaan can only be known by actual survey, or by consulting a good map. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Numbers 34:2

The land of Canaan - The name Canaan is here restricted to the territory west of the Jordan. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Numbers 34:1-2

Numbers 34:1-2. God here directs Moses, and he is ordered to direct Israel, concerning the line by which the land of Canaan was to be bounded on all sides. Its limits, or bounds, are described, 1st, To guide and bound them in their wars and conquests, that they might not seek the enlargement of their empire, after the manner of other nations, but be contented with their own portion. 2d, To encourage them in their attempt upon Canaan, and assure them of their success. There was a much larger... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Numbers 34:1-29

Plans for the division of Canaan (33:50-34:29)As Canaan was to become the land of Yahweh’s people, all the former inhabitants and all trace of their religion had to be removed. Failure to do this would bring trouble for Israel (50-56).Moses then gave the boundaries of the land that Israel was to occupy. The southern boundary went from the Dead Sea through Kadesh-barnea to the Brook of Egypt, which it followed to the coast. The western boundary followed the coast along the Mediterranean Sea. The... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Numbers 34:2

children = sons. When ye come. After the final command (above) follow instructions as to the quiet possession of the land thus cleared of enemies. coasts = borders, or confines. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Numbers 34:2

2. this is the . . . land of Canaan—The details given in this chapter mark the general boundary of the inheritance of Israel west of the Jordan. The Israelites never actually possessed all the territory comprised within these boundaries, even when it was most extended by the conquests of David and Solomon. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Numbers 34:1-15

The borders of the land 34:1-15Moses described the boundary of the land from south (Numbers 34:3-5) to west (Numbers 34:6) to north (Numbers 34:7-9) to east (Numbers 34:12). This boundary encompassed the territory the people would divide among the nine and one-half tribes. This was not the same territory promised to Abraham but was what God gave the Israelites at their entrance into the land. If they had been obedient to Him, He would have eventually enlarged their borders to include the whole... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Numbers 34:1-29

A preview of the land ch. 34God then instructed Moses regarding the extent of the Promised Land and how to divide it among the remaining tribes. read more

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