1 Now the ReubenitesI and the GaditesII ownedIII
a veryIV greatV numberVI of cattle.VII
When they sawVIII that the landIX of JazerX
and the land of GileadXI, XII was a good placeXIII for cattle,
2 the Gadites and the Reubenites cameXIV and spokeXV to Moses,XVI to EleazarXVII the priest,XVIII
and to the leadersXIX of the congregation,XX saying,XXI
3 “Ataroth,XXII Dibon,XXIII Jazer, Nimrah,XXIV
Heshbon,XXV Elealeh,XXVI Sebam,XXVII
Nebo,XXVIII and BeonXXIX—
4 the land that the LordXXX subduedXXXI beforeXXXII the congregation of IsraelXXXIII—is a land for cattle, and your servantsXXXIV have cattle.”
5 They continued,XXXV “If we have foundXXXVI favorXXXVII in your sight,XXXVIII
let this land be givenXXXIX to your servants for a possession;XL do not make us crossXLI the Jordan.”XLII
6 But Moses said to the Gadites and to the Reubenites, “Shall your brothersXLIII goXLIV to warXLV while you sitXLVI here?
7 Why will you discourageXLVII the heartsXLVIII of the IsraelitesXLIX from going overL into the land that the Lord has given them?
8 Your fathersLI didLII this,LIII when I sentLIV them from Kadesh-barneaLV to see the land.
9 When they went upLVI to the WadiLVII EshcolLVIII and saw the land, they discouraged the hearts of the Israelites fromLIX going into the land that the Lord had given them.
10 The Lord’s angerLX was kindledLXI on that day,LXII and he swore,LXIII saying,
11 ‘Surely none of the peopleLXIV who came upLXV out of Egypt,LXVI from twentyLXVII yearsLXVIII oldLXIX and up,LXX
shall see the landLXXI that I swore to give to Abraham,LXXII to Isaac,LXXIII and to Jacob,LXXIV because they have not unreservedlyLXXV followedLXXVI me—
12 noneLXXVII except CalebLXXVIII sonLXXIX of JephunnehLXXX
the KenizziteLXXXI and JoshuaLXXXII son of Nun,LXXXIII for they have unreservedly followed the Lord.’
13 And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wanderLXXXIV in the wildernessLXXXV for fortyLXXXVI years,
until allLXXXVII the generationLXXXVIII that had done evilLXXXIX in the sight of the Lord had disappeared.XC
14 And nowXCI you, a broodXCII of sinners,XCIII have risenXCIV
in place ofXCV your fathers, to increaseXCVI the Lord’sXCVII fierceXCVIII anger against Israel!
15 If you turn awayXCIX from following him, he will againC abandonCI them in the wilderness, and you will destroyCII all this people.”CIII
16 Then they came upCIV to him and said, “We will buildCV sheepfoldsCVI here
for our flocksCVII and townsCVIII for our little ones,CIX 17 but we will take up armsCX as a vanguardCXI beforeCXII the Israelites, until we have broughtCXIII them to their place.
Meanwhile our little ones will stayCXIV in the fortifiedCXV towns becauseCXVI of the inhabitantsCXVII of the land.CXVIII
18 We will not returnCXIX to our homesCXX until allCXXI the Israelites have obtainedCXXII their inheritance.CXXIII
19 We will not inheritCXXIV with them on the other sideCXXV of the Jordan and beyond,CXXVI because our inheritance has come to us on this sideCXXVII of the Jordan to the east.”CXXVIII
20 So Moses said to them, “If you do thisCXXIX—if you take up arms to go beforeCXXX the LordCXXXI for the war 21 and allCXXXII those of you who bear armsCXXXIII
cross the Jordan beforeCXXXIV the Lord,CXXXV until he has driven outCXXXVI his enemiesCXXXVII from beforeCXXXVIII him
22 and the landCXXXIX is subduedCXL beforeCXLI the LordCXLII— then after thatCXLIII you may return and beCXLIV free
of obligationCXLV to the LordCXLVI and to Israel, and this landCXLVII shall be your possession beforeCXLVIII the Lord.CXLIX
23 But if you do not do this,CL CLIyou have sinnedCLII
against the Lord,CLIII and be sureCLIV your sinCLV will find you out.
24 Build towns for your little ones and foldsCLVI for your flocks,CLVII but do what you have promised.”CLVIII
25 Then the Gadites and the Reubenites said to Moses, “Your servants will do as my lordCLIX commands.CLX
26 Our little ones, our wives,CLXI our flocks,CLXII and allCLXIII our livestockCLXIV shall remainCLXV there in the towns of Gilead,
27 but your servants will cross over, everyoneCLXVI armedCLXVII for war,CLXVIII
to do battleCLXIX forCLXX the Lord,CLXXI just as my lordCLXXII orders.”CLXXIII
28 So Moses gave commandCLXXIV concerning them to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua son of Nun, and to the headsCLXXV of the ancestralCLXXVI houses of the Israelite tribes.CLXXVII
29 And Moses said to them, “If the Gadites and the Reubenites, everyone armed for battle beforeCLXXVIII the Lord,CLXXIX will cross over the Jordan with you and the landCLXXX shall be subduedCLXXXI beforeCLXXXII you, then you shall give them the landCLXXXIII of Gilead for a possession,
30 but if they will not cross over with you armed, they shall have possessionsCLXXXIV amongCLXXXV you in the landCLXXXVI of Canaan.”CLXXXVII
31 The Gadites and the Reubenites answered,CLXXXVIII saying, “As the LordCLXXXIX has spokenCXC to your servants, soCXCI we will do. 32 We will cross over armed beforeCXCII the LordCXCIII into the landCXCIV of Canaan, but the possession of our inheritance shall remain with us on this side of the Jordan.”
33 Moses gave to them—to the Gadites and to the Reubenites and to the halfCXCV-tribeCXCVI of ManassehCXCVII son of JosephCXCVIII—
the kingdomCXCIX of KingCC SihonCCI of the AmoritesCCII and the kingdom of King OgCCIII of Bashan,CCIV
the landCCV and its towns, with the territoriesCCVI of the surrounding towns.CCVII
34 And the Gadites rebuiltCCVIII Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,CCIX 35 Atroth-shophan,CCX Jazer, Jogbehah,CCXI
36 Beth-nimrah,CCXII and Beth-haran,CCXIII fortified cities,CCXIV and folds for sheep.CCXV
37 And the Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim,CCXVI 38 Nebo, and Baal-meonCCXVII (some namesCCXVIII being changed),CCXIX and Sibmah, and they gaveCCXX names to the towns that they rebuilt.
39 The descendantsCCXXI of MachirCCXXII son of Manasseh wentCCXXIII to Gilead,
capturedCCXXIV it, and dispossessedCCXXV the Amorites who were there, 40 so Moses gaveCCXXVI Gilead to Machir son of Manasseh, and he settledCCXXVII there. 41 JairCCXXVIII son of Manasseh wentCCXXIX
and captured their villagesCCXXX and renamedCCXXXI them Havvoth-jair.CCXXXII
42 And NobahCCXXXIII wentCCXXXIV and captured KenathCCXXXV and its villagesCCXXXVI and renamed it Nobah after himself.CCXXXVII
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