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Numbers 34:1-5

The Southern Border of the Land

34:1 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 34:2 “Give these instructions 2  to the Israelites, and tell them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that has been assigned to you as an inheritance, 3  the land of Canaan with its borders, 34:3 your southern border 4  will extend from the wilderness of Zin along the Edomite border, and your southern border will run eastward to the extremity of the Salt Sea, 34:4 and then the border will turn from the south to the Scorpion Ascent, 5  continue to Zin, and then its direction 6  will be from the south to Kadesh Barnea. Then it will go to Hazar Addar and pass over to Azmon. 34:5 There the border will turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and then its direction is to the sea. 7 

1 sn This chapter falls into several sections: the south (vv. 1-5), the west (v. 6), the north (vv. 7-9), the east (vv. 10-15), and then a list of appointed officials (vv. 16-29).

2 tn Or “command.”

3 tn Heb “this is the land that will fall to you as an inheritance.”

4 tn The expression refers to the corner or extremity of the Negev, the South.

5 tn Or “the Ascent of Scorpions” (עַקְרַבִּים [’aqrabbim] means “scorpions” in Hebrew).

6 tn Heb “its going forth,” or the way it runs.

7 sn That is, the Mediterranean.

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