Joshua 22

CHAPTER 22

Joshua Charges Israel to Guard the Commandments

Then Joshua called together the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh. And he said to them, You have heard the whole, as much as [5gave charge 6to you 1Moses 2the 3servant 4of the  lord], and you heeded my voice according to all as much as I gave charge to you. And you have not abandoned your brethren these [2days 1many]; until the day of today you guarded the commandment of the  lord our God. And now [3rested 1the  lord 2our God] our brethren in which manner he spoke to them. Now then in returning you go forth to your houses, and to the land of your possession which [4gave 5to you 1Moses 2the bondman 3of the  lord] on the other side of the Jordan. But guard exceedingly to do the commandments and the law, which [5gave charge 6to you 1Moses 2the 3servant 4of the  lord] -- to love the  lord your God, and to go by all his ways, to guard his commandments, and to lie near to them, and to serve him in all your thought, and of [2entire 3soul 1your]. And [2blessed 3them 1Joshua], and sent them, and they went unto their houses. And to the halves of the tribe Moses gave a portion in the Bashan area; and to the halves Joshua gave a portion with his brethren on the other side of the Jordan towards the west. And when [2sent 3them 1Joshua] unto their houses, then he blessed them saying, With [2things 1many] they went forth unto their houses, and with [3cattle 2much 1exceedingly], and silver, and gold, and brass, and iron tools, and clothes [2much 1exceedingly]; and they divided the spoils of their enemies with their brethren. And [4returned 5and 6went 1the 2sons 3of Reuben], and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh from the sons of Israel from Shiloh in the land of Canaan, to go forth into land of Gilead, into the land of their possession which they inherited it, through the order of the  lord by the hand of Moses.

The Shrine at Gilead

10 And they came into Galeloth of Jordan, which is in the land of Canaan; and they built (the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh) there a shrine upon the Jordan; [2shrine 1a great] to behold. 11 And [4heard 1the 2sons 3of Israel], saying, Behold, they built (the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh) a shrine upon the border of the land of Canaan, at Gilead of Jordan, on the other side of the sons of Israel. 12 And [4heard 1the 2sons 3of Israel], and [5gathered together 1all 2the 3sons 4of Israel] in Shiloh, for their ascending to wage war. 13 And [4sent 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the sons of Reuben, and to the sons of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, both Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest, 14 and ten of the rulers of the ones with him; [2ruler 1one] from a house of family, from all of the tribes of Israel, men rulers of the houses of the families -- they are commanders of thousands in Israel. 15 And they came to the sons of Reuben, and to the sons of Gad, and to the halves of the tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead; and they spoke to them, saying, 16 Thus says all the congregation of the  lord, What is this trespass which you trespass before the God of Israel, to turn away today from behind the  lord by building for yourselves a shrine, [3defectors 2to become 1for you] today from the  lord? 17 Is it a small thing to you, the sin of Peor, that we were not cleansed from it unto this day, and there became the calamity in the congregation of the  lord? 18 And you were turned away today from the  lord, and tomorrow [3upon 4all 5Israel 1there will be 2anger]. 19 And now, if [4be small 1the 2land 3of your possession], pass over into the land of the possession of the  lord! where [4encamps 5there 1the 2tent 3of the  lord]; and inherit among us, and [4from 5the  lord 2not 3defectors 1be]! and [3from 4us 1do not 2separate]! on account of your building a shrine outside the altar of the  lord our God. 20 Behold did not Achan the son of Zara [2a trespass 1trespass] from the offering for consumption, and upon all the congregation became anger? And this one only sinned, but not this one alone died for his sin. 21 And they answered (the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh,) and said to the commanders of thousands of Israel, saying, 22 God, the [3God 1  lord 2is]. And God, the  lord God himself knows, and Israel itself shall know; if [2by 3defection 1we trespassed] before the  lord, may he not rescue us in this day. 23 And if we built [2for ourselves 1a shrine], so as to depart from the  lord, or so as to haul up on it a sacrifice of whole burnt-offerings, or so as to make upon it a sacrifice of deliverance, the  lord himself shall inquire. 24 But [4because of 5veneration 3thing 1we did 2this], saying that, Should tomorrow [2say 1your children] to our children, saying, What is it to you and to the  lord God of Israel? 25 And [2a border 1the  lord put] between us and you, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad -- the Jordan; and there is no [2to you 1portion] of the  lord. And [2shall separate 1your sons] from our sons, that they should not worship the  lord. 26 And we said to do thus, to build this shrine, not because of yield offerings, nor because of sacrifices, 27 but that [2might be 1this testimony] between us and between you, and between our generations after us, to serve the service of the  lord before him in our yield offerings, and in our sacrifices, and in the sacrifices of our deliverances; and so that [2shall not say 1your children] tomorrow to our children, There is no portion to you of the  lord. 28 And we said, If it comes to pass at some time or other, and they shall speak to us or to our generations tomorrow, then we shall say, Behold! it is a representation of the altar of the  lord which [2made 1our fathers]. It is not for yield offerings, nor for sacrifices, but it is a testimony between you, and between us, and between our sons. 29 May it not be then for us to leave from the  lord, so as to turn away in today's days from the  lord, so as to build us an altar for the yield offerings, and the sacrifices, and the sacrifice of deliverance, except for the altar of the  lord our God which is before his tent. 30 And [4heard 1Phinehas 2the 3priest], and all the rulers of the congregation, and the commanders of Israel, the ones who were with him, the words which they spoke, the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the sons of Manasseh, and it pleased them. 31 And [6said 1Phinehas 2son 3of Eleazar 4the 5priest] to the sons of Reuben, and to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Manasseh, Today we know that [2is with 3us 1the  lord], for you did not trespass before the  lord this trespass, and that you rescued the sons of Israel from out of the hand of the  lord. 32 And [9returned 1Phinehas 2son 3of Eleazar 4the 5priest 6and 7the 8rulers] from the sons of Reuben, and from the sons of Gad, from out of Gilead unto the land of Canaan, to the sons of Israel; and they answered to them with these words. 33 And [3was pleasing 1the 2word] to the sons of Israel; and they blessed the God of the sons of Israel. And no longer they spoke to ascend to them for war, to utterly destroy the land of the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad which they dwelt upon it. 34 And he named [3for Reuben 4and 5for Gad 1the 2shrine]. And they said that, It is a testimony in the midst of them, that the  lord he [2their God 1is].
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