Numbers 32


32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a
 very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of
 Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that behold, the place [was] a
 place for cattle;
32:2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and
 spoke to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and to the princes
 of the congregation, saying,
32:3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and
 Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon,
32:4 [Even] the country which the LORD smote before the
 congregation of Israel, [is] a land for cattle, and thy
 servants have cattle:
32:5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight,
 let this land be given to thy servants for a possession, [and]
 bring us not over Jordan.
32:6 And Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children
 of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit
 here?
32:7 And why discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel
 from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?
32:8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea
 to see the land.
32:9 For when they went up to the valley of Eshcol, and saw the
 land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel,
 that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given
 them.
32:10 And the LORD'S anger was kindled the same time, and he
 swore, saying,
32:11 Surely none of the men that came up from Egypt, from
 twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore
 to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; because they have not
 wholly followed me:
32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua
 the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.
32:13 And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he
 made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the
 generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was
 consumed.
32:14 And behold, ye have risen up in your fathers' stead, an
 increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the
 LORD towards Israel.
32:15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again
 leave them in the wilderness; and he will destroy all this
 people.
32:16 And they came near to him, and said, We will build
 sheep-folds here for our cattle, and cities for our little
 ones:
32:17 But we ourselves will go ready armed before the children
 of Israel, until we have brought them to their place: and our
 little ones shall dwell in the fortified cities, because of the
 inhabitants of the land.
32:18 We will not return to our houses, until the children of
 Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.
32:19 For we will not inherit with them on the other side of
 Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance hath fallen to us
 on this side of Jordan eastward.
32:20 And Moses said to them, If ye will do this thing, if ye
 will go armed before the LORD to war,
32:21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD,
 until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,
32:22 And the land shall be subdued before the LORD: then
 afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD,
 and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession
 before the LORD.
32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against
 the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
32:24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your
 sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.
32:25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke
 to Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord commandeth.
32:26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our
 cattle, shall be there in the cities of Gilead:
32:27 But thy servants will pass over, every man armed for war,
 before the LORD to battle, as my lord saith.
32:28 So concerning them Moses commanded Eleazar the priest, and
 Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of
 the children of Israel:
32:29 And Moses said to them, If the children of Gad and the
 children of Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every man
 armed for battle, before the LORD, and the land shall be
 subdued before you; then ye shall give them the land of Gilead
 for a possession:
32:30 But if they will not pass over with you armed, they shall
 have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.
32:31 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben
 answered, saying, As the LORD hath said to thy servants, so
 will we do.
32:32 We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land of
 Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side
 Jordan [may be] ours.
32:33 And Moses gave to them, [even] to the children of Gad, and
 to the children of Reuben, and to half the tribe of Manasseh
 the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites,
 and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with its cities
 in the borders, [even] the cities of the country around.
32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and
 Aroer,
32:35 And Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah,
32:36 And Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran, fortified cities: and
 folds for sheep.
32:37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and
 Kirjathaim,
32:38 And Nebo, and Baal-meon, (their names being changed,) and
 Shibmah: and gave other names to the cities which they built.
32:39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to
 Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite who [was] in
 it.
32:40 And Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh; and
 he dwelt in it.
32:41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its small
 towns, and called them Havoth-jair.
32:42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and its villages, and
 called it Nobah, after his own name.
 
 

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