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And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may here cast lots for you before the LORD in Shiloh.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

18:8 describe the land. They were to survey and divide the land.

18:9 seven parts in a book. The scientific art of surveying is very ancient. The Egyptians had practiced it, but long before that the sons of Noah and their descendants used it to divide the lands for their nations in the earth after the Flood (Genesis 10:32).

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