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Joshua 24:3-4

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24:3 but I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates 1  and brought him into 2  the entire land of Canaan. I made his descendants numerous; I gave him Isaac, 24:4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I assigned Mount Seir, 3  while Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt.

Joshua 24:32

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24:32 The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the part of the field that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money. 4  So it became the inheritance of the tribe of Joseph. 5 

1 tn Heb “the river,” referring to the Euphrates. This has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Or “through.”

3 tn Heb “I gave to Esau Mount Seir to possess it.”

4 tn Heb “one hundred qesitahs.” The Hebrew word קְשִׂיטָה (qesitah) is generally understood to refer to a unit of money, but the value and/or weight is unknown. The word occurs only here and in Gen 33:19 and Job 42:11.

5 tn Heb “and they became for the sons of Joseph an inheritance.” One might think “bones” is the subject of the verb “they became,” but the verb is masculine, while “bones” is feminine. The translation follows the emendation suggested in the BHS note, which appeals to the Syriac and Vulgate for support. The emended reading understands “the part (of the field)” as the subject of the verb “became.” The emended verb is feminine singular; this agrees with “the part” (of the field), which is feminine in Hebrew.



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