Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 17:4

They came near before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, "The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers." So according to the command of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among their father's brothers.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Daughter;   Government;   Heir;   Israel;   Milcah;   Noah;   Petition;   Tirzah;   Women;   Zelophehad;   Thompson Chain Reference - Inheritance;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Children;   Manasseh, the Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Zelophehad;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Eleazar;   Manasseh, tribe of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Machir;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Joshua;   Holman Bible Dictionary - High Priest;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Eleazar;   Joshua;   Manasseh;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Lots;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Eleazar;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abiezer;   Eleazar;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes,.... The ten princes, who, with Eleazar and Joshua, were appointed to divide the land, Numbers 34:17; and were now met together for that purpose, Joshua 14:1,

saying, the Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren; those of the same tribe with them; for upon their application to Moses he inquired of the Lord, who ordered him to grant their request, Numbers 27:1,

therefore according to the commandment of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their fathers; that is, to the half tribe of Manasseh.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our b brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.

(b) Among them of our tribe.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-17.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.

He — That is, Eleazar, or Joshua, with the consent of the princes appointed for that work.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-17.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 17:4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.

Ver. 4. He gave them an inheritance.] But with this caution, that they should not marry out of their own tribe. [Numbers 36:6]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-17.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He gave them, i.e. Eleazar, or Joshua, with the consent of the princes appointed for that work.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-17.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.Before Eleazar — As one of the commission to divide the land.

Joshua 14:1.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-17.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, “YHWH commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers”, therefore according to the commandment of YHWH he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.’

As they had previously brought their case to Moses and Eleazar the priest of the tribal confederacy, now they brought it to Joshua and Eleazar, and the tribal princes. The dividing of the land satisfactorily was a huge task. It was clearly carried out with great care and much consideration had been given to it. The casting of lots was not in order to make life easy but in order to gain the mind of YHWH about the distribution and to rule out charges of favouritism. Here the daughters were ensuring the portion of their own family.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-17.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Father, adjoining to Ephraim. See Numbers xxvii., and xxxvi.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-17.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Eleaear the priest. His presence necessary for the casting of lots, with the Urim and Thummim. See notes on Exodus 28:30 and Numbers 26:55.

The LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Moses. Some codices, with three early printed editions, Septuagint, and Vulgate, read "by the hand of Moses": "hand" being put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), for what is done by it (App-6).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-17.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.
Eleazar
14:1; Numbers 34:17-29
The Lord commanded
Numbers 27:6,7; Galatians 3:28
Reciprocal: Numbers 27:4 - Give;  Joshua 21:1 - Eleazar

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 17:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-17.html.