The tribe of Reuben (Ezek 48:6-48:6)

“Adjoining the territory

Of Ephraim,

From the east side

To the west side,

Reuben was

One portion.”

Once again, in a very summary fashion of east to west, the territory of Reuben was next to Ephraim. However, in Joshua, chapter 13, Reuben was an east bank territory and had no land on the west side of the Jordan River. Somehow it would be south of Ephraim, maybe in the old Dan territory or the Benjamin territory. From this description, it is hard to tell.

The tribe of Manasseh (Ezek 48:4-48:4)

“Adjoining the territory

Of Naphtali,

From the east side

To the west side,

Manasseh was

One portion.”

Once again, in a very summary fashion of east to west, the territory of Manasseh was next to Naphtali. However, instead of having two portions as in Joshua, chapters 13 and 17, there is only one portion mentioned here. Even that is not clear, whether it is on the east side of the Jordan River or the west side. The assumption might be that it is only on the west side, since there was no talk of any east bank settlements.

Find the flock (Song 1:8-1:8)

Chorus

“If you do not know,

O fairest among women!

Follow in the tracks of the flock.

Pasture your kids

Beside the shepherds’ tents.”

Now the Greek chorus will tell this woman, who is the fairest of them all, where to go. She is the Snow White witch looking in the mirror to find the fairest of them all. She just has to follow the tracks of the flock. She could then pasture her flock next to the shepherd’s tents.