Let not the old landmark be moved which your fathers have put in place.
Don't stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors.
Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Do not move an ancient boundary marker that your ancestors set in place.
Do not move an ancient boundary stone* which was put in place by your ancestors.*
22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone1968
sn Moving a boundary stone was (and still is) a major problem. The boundaries that were established by the forefathers were to be preserved, but no law would stop such violations if people lacked integrity (e.g., Deut 19:14; 27:17; 1 Kgs 21:16-19). Boundaries in Israel were sacred because God owned the land and he apportioned the property to the tribes. To extend one’s property illegally by moving a neighbor’s boundary marker was a violation of covenant and oath. Of course, disputes could arise when both sides claim their ancestors established a boundary.
which was put in place by your ancestors.1969
tnHeb “your fathers” (so NAB, NASB).
sn The fourth saying deals with respect for property that belongs to other people (cf. Instruction of Amenemope, chap. 6, 7:12-13 [ANET 422]).