The Meaning of Numbers 26:55 Explained

Numbers 26:55

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

YLT: 'Only by lot is the land apportioned, by the names of the tribes of their fathers they inherit;

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

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

What does Numbers 26:55 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Numbers 26

1  The sum of all Israel is taken in the plains of Moab
52  The law of dividing among them the inheritance of the land
57  The families and number of the Levites
63  None but Caleb and Joshua was left of those who were numbered at Sinai

What do the individual words in Numbers 26:55 mean?

But by lot Shall be divided - the land according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit
אַךְ־ בְּגוֹרָ֕ל יֵחָלֵ֖ק אֶת־ הָאָ֑רֶץ לִשְׁמ֥וֹת מַטּוֹת־ אֲבֹתָ֖ם יִנְחָֽלוּ

בְּגוֹרָ֕ל  by  lot 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular
Root: גֹּורָל  
Sense: lot.
יֵחָלֵ֖ק  Shall  be  divided 
Parse: Verb, Nifal, Imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: חָלַק 
Sense: to divide, share, plunder, allot, apportion, assign.
אֶת־  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
הָאָ֑רֶץ  the  land 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: אֶרֶץ  
Sense: land, earth.
לִשְׁמ֥וֹת  according  to  the  names 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: שֵׁם  
Sense: name.
מַטּוֹת־  of  the  tribes 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: מַטֶּה  
Sense: staff, branch, tribe.
אֲבֹתָ֖ם  of  their  fathers 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct, third person masculine plural
Root: אָב  
Sense: father of an individual.
יִנְחָֽלוּ  they  shall  inherit 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, third person masculine plural
Root: נָחַל  
Sense: to get as a possession, acquire, inherit, possess.