Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 18:6

You shall describe the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Judah;   Shiloh;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Sciences;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Hinnom;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Shiloh;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bochim;   Shiloh (1);   Shiloh (2);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Games;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;   Priests and Levites;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Lots;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Shiloh ;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Describe;   Joshua, Book of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Lots;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts,.... Or ye shall describe the land, even the seven parts of it when divided; it seems as if they were first to describe in general all the land not disposed of, and then divide it into seven parts, and make a particular description of each part, or form a plan, or draw a map of every part:

and bring the description hither to me; not by word of mouth, but as written in a book, or marked out in a map, and laid before him, see Joshua 18:9,

that I may cast lots for you here before the Lord your God; in Shiloh, at the door of the tabernacle, and so before the Lord who dwelt in it, at whose disposal the lot was, and by which everyone of the seven tribes would have their part and portion assigned them most fitting and convenient for them, according to the will and counsel of God, in which it became them to acquiesce.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-18.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Ye shall therefore describe the land [into] seven parts, and bring [the description] hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the e LORD our God.

(e) Before the ark of the Lord.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-18.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.

Before the Lord — That is, before the ark or tabernacle, that God may be witness and judge, and author of the division, that each may be contented with his lot, and that your several possessions may be secured to you as things sacred.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-18.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 18:6 Ye shall therefore describe the land [into] seven parts, and bring [the description] hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.

Ver. 6. That I may cast lots here for you before the Lord.] He it is that must judge of your proceedings, and to whom you must approve yourselves: see therefore that ye deal uprightly and impartially; since to God you must be accountable. Cave, spectat Cato, was a watchword among the Romans.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-18.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. Before the ark or tabernacle, that God may be witness, and judge, and author of the division, that each may be contented with his lot, and that your several possessions may be secured to you as things sacred, and not to be alienated.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-18.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Before the Lord — Before the tabernacle at Shiloh, (Joshua 18:10,) in which dwelt the Shekinah, the Divine Presence.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-18.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 18:6. That I may cast lots for you here before the Lord — That is, before the ark or tabernacle, that God may be witness and judge, and be acknowledged to be the author of the division, and each tribe may be contented with its lot, as being appointed by divine authority, and that your several possessions may be secured to you as things sacred.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-18.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The land in the midst, between these mark ye out into seven parts: that is to say the rest of the land, which is not already assigned to Juda or Joseph. (Challoner) --- For we must not suppose that Joseph occupied the most northern parts of the country, so as, with Juda on the south, to enclose all the other tribes. (Haydock) --- Hebrew, "As for you, you shall describe the land into seven parts." (Calmet) --- Only the tribe of Benjamin was between these two tribes, (ver. 11,) so that Serarius thinks that mediam had been substituted for aliam, "the other." (Menochius) --- Lots. The deputies divided the country into seven portions, equal in goodness, though not in extent. After the lots were drawn, some alterations might be made by common consent, and those tribes which were too much straitened for room, received what was requisite among those who had too large a territory. Hence we find Joseph occupying the cities of Issachar, &c., chap xvii. 10. It was equally inconvenient to have too much or too little.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-18.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

describe = map out.

the description. The Figure of speech Ellipsis (App-6) here may be filled in by saying "the surveys or maps".

Moses the servant of the LORD See note on first occurrence, Deuteronomy 34:5.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-18.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.
that I may cast
8,10; 14:2; Numbers 26:54,55; 33:54; 34:13; Psalms 105:11; Proverbs 16:33; 18:18; Acts 13:19
Reciprocal: Joshua 18:4 - describe;  Joshua 19:1 - second lot;  Joshua 19:10 - third;  Joshua 21:8 - by lot

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 18:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-18.html.