Stones erected to delineate boundaries between nations or private individuals, the latter type frequently also registering special tax exemptions. The many royal stelae found throughout the ancient Near East also served as indications of national boundaries. In Israel, boundary stones were set up “by former generations” (Deut 19:14
) to guarantee the demarcation of private fields (Prov 22:28
). Allusions to implicit abuse of such rights are found, however (Deut 27:17
; Hos 5:10
; Prov 23:10
; Job 24:2
14You must not move your neighbor's boundary marker, set up by former generations, on the property that will be allotted to you in the land ... View more
28Do not remove the ancient landmark
that your ancestors set up.
17“Cursed be anyone who moves a neighbor's boundary marker.” All the people shall say, “Amen!”
10The princes of Judah have become
like those who remove the landmark;
on them I will pour out
my wrath like water.
10Do not remove an ancient landmark
or encroach on the fields of orphans,
2The wicked remove landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.