10:6 “During those days the Israelites traveled from Beeroth Bene-Yaaqan 1 to Moserah. 2 There Aaron died and was buried, and his son Eleazar became priest in his place. 10:7 From there they traveled to Gudgodah, 3 and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, 4 a place of flowing streams. 10:8 At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi 5 to carry the ark of the Lord’s covenant, to stand before the Lord to serve him, and to formulate blessings 6 in his name, as they do to this very day. 10:9 Therefore Levi has no allotment or inheritance 7 among his brothers; 8 the Lord is his inheritance just as the Lord your God told him. 10:10 As for me, I stayed at the mountain as I did the first time, forty days and nights. The Lord listened to me that time as well and decided not to destroy you. 10:11 Then he 9 said to me, “Get up, set out leading 10 the people so they may go and possess 11 the land I promised to give to their ancestors.” 12
1 sn Beeroth Bene-Yaaqan. This Hebrew name could be translated “the wells of Bene-Yaaqan” or “the wells of the sons of Yaaqan,” a site whose location cannot be determined (cf. Num 33:31-32; 1 Chr 1:42).
4 sn Jotbathah. This place, whose Hebrew name can be translated “place of wadis,” is possibly modern Ain Tabah, just north of Eilat, or Tabah, 6.5 mi (11 km) south of Eilat on the west shore of the Gulf of Aqaba.
5 sn The
7 sn Levi has no allotment or inheritance. As the priestly tribe, Levi would have no land allotment except for forty-eight towns set apart for their use (Num 35:1-8; Josh 21:1-42). But theirs was a far greater inheritance, for the
8 tn That is, among the other Israelite tribes.
10 tn Heb “before” (so KJV, ASV); NAB, NRSV “at the head of.”
11 tn After the imperative these subordinated jussive forms (with prefixed vav) indicate purpose or result.