Joshua 22


22:1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the
 half-tribe of Manasseh,
22:2 And said to them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant
 of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that
 I commanded you:
22:3 Ye have not left your brethren these many days to this day,
 but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your
 God.
22:4 And now the LORD your God hath given rest to your brethren,
 as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and go to your
 tents, [and] to the land of your possession, which Moses the
 servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of Jordan.
22:5 But take diligent heed to perform the commandment and the
 law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love
 the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his
 commandments, and to cleave to him, and to serve him with all
 your heart, and with all your soul.
22:6 So Joshua blessed them and sent them away; and they went to
 their tents.
22:7 Now to the [one] half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had
 given [possession] in Bashan: but to the [other] half of it
 gave Joshua among their brethren on this side of Jordan
 westward. And when Joshua sent them away also to their tents,
 then he blessed them,
22:8 And he spoke to them, saying, Return with much riches to
 your tents, and with very many cattle, with silver, and with
 gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much
 raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
22:9 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and
 the half-tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the
 children of Israel out of Shiloh, which [is] in the land of
 Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their
 possession, of which they were possessed, according to the word
 of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
22:10 And when they came to the borders of Jordan, that [are] in
 the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, and the children of
 Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by
 Jordan, a great altar to the sight.
22:11 And the children of Israel heard it said, Behold, the
 children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and the half-tribe
 of Manasseh, have built an altar over against the land of
 Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the
 children of Israel.
22:12 And when the children of Israel heard [of it], the whole
 congregation of the children of Israel assembled at Shiloh, to
 go up to war against them.
22:13 And the children of Israel sent to the children of Reuben,
 and to the children of Gad, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh
 into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the
 priest,
22:14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince
 throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one [was] a head
 of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.
22:15 And they came to the children of Reuben, and to the
 children of Gad, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, to the land
 of Gilead, and they spoke with them, saying,
22:16 Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What
 trespass [is] this that ye have committed against the God of
 Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that
 ye have built you an altar, that ye might rebel this day
 against the LORD?
22:17 [Is] the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we
 are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in
 the congregation of the LORD,
22:18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the
 LORD? and it will be, [seeing] ye rebel to-day against the
 LORD, that to-morrow he will be wroth with the whole
 congregation of Israel.
22:19 Not withstanding, if the land of your possession [is]
 unclean, [then] pass ye over to the land of the possession of
 the LORD, in which the LORD'S tabernacle dwelleth, and take
 possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel
 against us, in building you an altar besides the altar of the
 LORD our God.
22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the
 accursed thing, and wrath fall on all the congregation of
 Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
22:21 Then the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and
 the half-tribe of Manasseh answered, and said to the heads of
 the thousands of Israel,
22:22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth,
 and Israel he shall know; if [it is] in rebellion, or if in
 transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
22:23 That we have built us an altar to turn from following the
 LORD, or if to offer on it burnt-offering, or meat-offering, or
 if to offer peace-offerings on it, let the LORD himself require
 [it];
22:24 And if we have not [rather] done it for fear of [this]
 thing, saying, In time to come your children may speak to our
 children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of
 Israel?
22:25 For the LORD hath made Jordan a boundary between us and
 you, ye children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part
 in the LORD. So shall your children make our children cease
 from fearing the LORD.
22:26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an
 altar, not for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice:
22:27 But [that] it [may be] a witness between us, and you, and
 our generations after us, that we may do the service of the
 LORD before him with our burnt-offerings, and with our
 sacrifices, and with our peace-offerings; that your children
 may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in
 the LORD.
22:28 Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they shall [so]
 say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may
 say, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our
 fathers made, not for burnt-offerings, nor for sacrifices; but
 [it is] a witness between us and you.
22:29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD,
 and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar
 for burnt-offerings, for meat-offerings, or for sacrifices,
 besides the altar of the LORD our God that [is] before his
 tabernacle.
22:30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the
 congregation, and heads of the thousands of Israel who [were]
 with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben, and the
 children of Gad, and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased
 them.
22:31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the
 children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the
 children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD [is]
 among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against
 the LORD: now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of
 the hand of the LORD.
22:32 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the
 princes, returned from the children of Reuben, and from the
 children of Gad, from the land of Gilead, to the land of
 Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought them word again.
22:33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the
 children of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up
 against them in battle, to destroy the land in which the
 children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
22:34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called
 the altar [Ed]: for it [shall be] a witness between us that the
 LORD [is] God.
 
 

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