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Numbers 26:55

    Numbers 26:55 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But let the distribution of the land be made by the decision of the Lord: by the names of the tribes of their fathers let their heritage be given them.

    Webster's Revision

    Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    World English Bible

    Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.

    Definitions for Numbers 26:55

    Lot - Portion; destiny; fate.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 26:55

    The land shall be divided by lot - The word גורל goral, translated lot, is supposed by some to signify the stone or pebble formerly used for the purpose of what we term casting lots. The word hlot is Anglo-Saxon, from to divide, or portion out, i. e., fortuitously: it answers to the Greek κληρος, which some think comes from κλαω to break; because the lot, being a sort of appeal to God, ("The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord," Proverbs 16:33), broke off all contentions and litigations relative to the matter in dispute. From this original division of the promised land by lot to the children of Israel, all portions, appointments, offices, shares, or divisions in spiritual and ecclesiastical matters, were termed lots. So in the New Testament, the word κληρος, lot, is used to signify a portion of spiritual blessedness, and κληρονομια, a division by lot, an inheritance; and κληροι, the lotted or appointed persons to different works, shares, etc.; hence our word clergy, κληροι, persons appointed by lot to a lot, portion, or inheritance; see the case of Matthias, Acts 1:26. Persons thus appointed were by accommodation termed inheritors, because originally, when there could be no claims of exclusive right, all lands where a wandering tribe chose to take up its residence were divided by lot, as the promised land in the case before us. So Judah says to Simeon his brother, Judges 1:3 : "Come up with me into my lot." And as God was ever supposed to be the whole disposer in such matters, whatever fell out in the course of God's providence was called a lot. "This is the lot of them that rob us;" Isaiah 17:14. "Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter;" Acts 8:21. A lot in the promised land was evidently typical of a place in eternal glory. "That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance (κληρον, a lot) among them that are sanctified;" Acts 26:18. "Who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance, κληρου, of the lot) of the saints in light;" Colossians 1:12. "Which is the earnest of our inheritance, (κληρονομιας, of our allotted portion;") Ephesians 1:4. "What is the riches of the glory of his inheritance," (κληρονομιας, allotted portion); Ephesians 1:18. As therefore the promised land was divided by lot to the believing Israelites, God determining the lot as he saw good, none of the people having any claim on or right to it; so the kingdom of heaven is a lot given by the mere good will of God to them that believe and obey him; for as unbelief and disobedience threw 600,000 people out of the inheritance of the promised land; so none who disbelieve God's word, and rebel against his authority, shall ever enter into the kingdom of heaven - See Ainsworth. These things happened unto them for examples: see then, reader, that thou fall not after the same example of unbelief.

    Wesley's Notes on Numbers 26:55

    26:55 By lot - For the tribes, not for the several families; for the distribution of it to them was left to the rulers wisdom according to the rule now given.