According to Deuteronomy 32:8-9, following the dispersion of the nations following the judgment of Babel, God delegated to the sons of God, the members of the divine council, the rule of all the nations of the earth with the exception of Jacob. The Lord retained for himself the rule of Jacob. In the Abrahamic Covenant God is demonstrating his rule over Jacob by covenanting to them the land of Canaan (Ps 105:8-11).