Customs Regarding Property
MEASURING AND ALLOTING THE LAND
MEASURING THE LAND. It has been the custom even in modern times in parts of northern Israel and in the Plain of the Philistines to assign land periodically for farming purposes. The land thus assigned is measured by a cord.1
The Psalmist indicates that this same method was used for measurement of the land of Canaan when it was assigned to the tribes of Israel. "He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line" (Psalm 78:55). The prophet Amos predicted that the land would be similarly measured and assigned by the foreign foe after its capture. "Thy land shall be divided by line" (Amos 7:17).
[Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]