1Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very
great multitude of livestock: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land
of Gilead, that behold, the place was a place for livestock;
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,
Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Sebam, and Nebo,
4the land which Yahweh struck before the congregation of
Israel, is a land for livestock; and your servants have livestock.
If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants
for a possession; don’t bring us over the Jordan.
6Moses said to the
children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brothers go to the
war, and shall you sit here?
7Why discourage you the heart of
the children of Israel from going over into the land which Yahweh has given
8Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to see
9For 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 Yahweh had given them.
10Yahweh’s anger was
kindled in that day, and he swore, saying,
11Surely none of the men who
came up out of 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:
12save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, and
Joshua the son of Nun; because they have wholly followed Yahweh.
13Yahweh’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander back
and forth in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, who had
done evil in the sight of Yahweh, was consumed.
14Behold, you are
risen up in your fathers’ place, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet
the fierce anger of Yahweh toward Israel.
15For if you turn away
from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and you
will destroy all this people.
16They came near to him, and said, We will
build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones:
17but we ourselves will be ready armed to go 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.
18We will not return to our houses, until the children of Israel have
inherited every man his inheritance.
19For we will not inherit with them
on the other side of the Jordan, and forward; because our inheritance is
fallen to us on this side of the Jordan eastward.
20Moses said to them,
If you will do this thing, if you will arm yourselves to go before
Yahweh to the war,
21and every armed man of you will pass over the Jordan
before Yahweh, until he has driven out his enemies from before him,
the land is subdued before Yahweh; then afterward you shall return, and
be guiltless towards Yahweh, and towards Israel; and this land shall be to
you for a possession before Yahweh.
23But if you will not do so,
behold, you have sinned against Yahweh; and be sure your sin will find
24Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your
sheep; and do that which has proceeded out of your mouth.
of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke to Moses, saying, Your servants will
do as my lord commands.
26Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all
our livestock, shall be there in the cities of Gilead;
27but your servants
will pass over, every man who is armed for war, before Yahweh to battle, as
my lord says.
28So Moses gave charge concerning them to Eleazar the
priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers’
houses of the tribes of the children of Israel.
29Moses said to
them, If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will pass with you
over the Jordan, every man who is armed to battle, before Yahweh, and the
land shall be subdued before you; then you shall give them the land of
Gilead for a possession:
30but if they will not pass over with you armed,
they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.
children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As Yahweh has
said to your servants, so will we do.
32We will pass over armed before
Yahweh into the land of Canaan, and the possession of our inheritance
shall remain with us beyond the Jordan.
33Moses gave to them,
even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and to the
half-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, according to the
cities of it with their borders, even the cities of the land round
34The children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,
35and Atrothshophan, and Jazer, and Jogbehah,
36and Beth Nimrah, and
Beth Haran: fortified cities, and folds for sheep.
37The children of
Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,
38and Nebo, and Baal
Meon, (their names being changed), and Sibmah: and they gave other names to
the cities which they built.
39The children of Machir the son of Manasseh
went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were therein.
40Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh; and he lived therein.
41Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the towns of it, and called them
42Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages of it, and
called it Nobah, after his own name.