Numbers 32

Reuben and Gad Settle in Gilead

1Now the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad had an a  exceedingly large number of livestock. So when they saw the land of b  Jazer and the land of Gilead, that
Lit behold, the place, a place for
it was indeed a place suitable for livestock,
2the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came and spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, 3 d  Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon, 4the land e  which the  Lord
Lit smote
conquered before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.”
5They said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession; do not take us across the Jordan.”

6But Moses said to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to war while you yourselves sit here? 7 g  Now why are you
Lit restraining the hearts of
discouraging the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the  Lord has given them?
8
Lit Thus your fathers
This is what your fathers did when I sent them from j  Kadesh-barnea to see the land.
9For when they went up to k  the
Or wadi
valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they
Lit restrained the hearts of
discouraged the sons of Israel so that they did not go into the land which the  Lord had given them.
10“So n  the  Lord’s anger burned in that day, and He swore, saying, 11o  None of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob; for they did not follow Me fully, 12except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun p  for they have followed the  Lord fully.’ 13 q  “So the  Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the entire generation of those who had done evil in the sight of the  Lord was destroyed. 14Now behold, you have risen up in your fathers’ place, a brood of sinful men, to add still more to the burning r  anger of the  Lord against Israel. 15“For if you s  turn away from following Him, He will once more abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people.”

16Then they came near to him and said, “We will build here sheepfolds for our livestock and cities for our little ones; 17 t  but we ourselves will be armed ready to go before the sons of Israel, until we have brought them to their place, while our little ones live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18 u  We will not return to our homes until every one of the sons of Israel has possessed his inheritance. 19For we will not have an inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us v  on this side of the Jordan toward the east.”

20 w  So Moses said to them, “If you will do
Lit this thing
this, if you will arm yourselves before the  Lord for the war,
21and all of you armed men cross over the Jordan before the  Lord until He has driven His enemies out from before Him, 22 y  and the land is subdued before the  Lord, then afterward you shall return and be free of obligation toward the  Lord and toward Israel, and this land shall be yours for a possession before the  Lord. 23But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the  Lord, and be sure z  your sin will find you out. 24Build yourselves cities for your little ones, and sheepfolds for your sheep, and aa  do
Lit that which has come out of your mouth
what you have promised.”

25The sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben spoke to Moses, saying, “Your servants will do just as my lord commands. 26 ac  Our little ones, our wives, our livestock and all our cattle shall
Lit be
remain there in the cities of Gilead;
27while your servants, everyone who is armed for war, will ae  cross over in the presence of the  Lord to battle, just as my lord says.”

28So Moses gave command concerning them to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers’ households of the tribes of the sons of Israel. 29Moses said to them, “If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben, everyone who is armed for battle, will cross with you over the Jordan in the presence of the  Lord, and the land is subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession; 30but if they will not cross over with you armed, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.” 31The sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben answered, saying, “As the  Lord has said to your servants, so we will do. 32We ourselves will cross over armed in the presence of the  Lord into the land of Canaan, and the possession of our inheritance shall remain with us across the Jordan.”

33 af  So Moses gave to them, to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben and to the half-tribe of Joseph’s son Manasseh, the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og, the king of Bashan, the land with its cities with their
Lit borders
territories, the cities of the surrounding land.
34The sons of Gad built Dibon and Ataroth and ah  Aroer, 35and Atroth-shophan and Jazer and Jogbehah, 36and ai  Beth-nimrah and Beth-haran as fortified cities, and sheepfolds for sheep. 37The sons of Reuben built Heshbon and Elealeh and Kiriathaim, 38and aj  Nebo and Baal-meontheir names being changedand Sibmah, and they gave other names to the cities which they built. 39The sons of ak  Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were in it. 40So Moses gave al  Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh, and he lived in it. 41Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its
Lit tent villages
towns, and called them
I.e. the towns of Jair
,
ao  Havvoth-jair.
42Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah after ap  his own name.
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