The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on that side Jordan.
Numbers 32:1 Now the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, had a very great multitude of cattell: and when they saw the land of Iazer, and the land of Gilead, that behold, the place was a place for cattell; Numbers 32:2 The children of Gad, and the children of Reuben, came and spake vnto Moses, and to Eleazar the Priest, and vnto the Princes of the Congregation, saying, Numbers 32:3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Iazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon, Numbers 32:4 [Euen] the countrey which the LORD smote before the Congregation of Israel, is a land for cattell, and thy seruants haue cattell. Numbers 32:5 Wherefore, said they, if wee haue found grace in thy sight, let this lande be giuen vnto thy seruants for a possession, [and] bring vs not ouer Iordane.
Moses reproveth them.
Numbers 32:6 And Moses said vnto the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren goe to warre, and shall ye sit here? Numbers 32:7 And wherefore discourage yee the heart of the children of Israel from going ouer into the lande, which the LORD hath giuen them? Numbers 32:8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to see the land. Numbers 32:9 For when they went vp vnto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not goe into the land which the LORD had giuen them. Numbers 32:10 And the LORDS anger was kindled the same time, and hee sware, saying, Numbers 32:11 Surely none of the men that came vp out of Egypt, from twentie yeeres old and vpward, shall see the lande which I sware vnto Abraham, vnto Isaac, and vnto Iacob, because they haue not wholly followed me: Numbers 32:12 Saue Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh the Kenezite, and Ioshua the sonne of Nun: for they haue wholly followed the LORD. Numbers 32:13 And the LORDS anger was kindled against Israel, and hee made them wander in the wildernesse fourty yeeres, vntill all the generation that had done euill in the sight of the LORD was consumed. Numbers 32:14 And beholde, ye are risen vp in your fathers stead, an increase of sinfull men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. Numbers 32:15 For if yee turne away from after him, hee will yet againe leaue them in the wildernesse, and ye shall destroy all this people.
They offer him conditions to his content.
Numbers 32:16 And they came neere vnto him, and said, Wee will build sheepfoldes here for our cattell, and cities for our litle ones. Numbers 32:17 But we ourselues will goe ready armed before the children of Israel, vntill wee haue brought them vnto their place: and our litle ones shall dwell in the fenced cities, because of the inhabitants of the land. Numbers 32:18 Wee will not returne vnto our houses, vntill the children of Israel haue inherited euery man his inheritance: Numbers 32:19 For wee will not inherite with them on yonder side Iordane, or forward, because our inheritance is fallen to vs on this side Iordane Eastward.
Numbers 32:20 And Moses said vnto them, If ye will doe this thing, if ye will goe armed before the LORD to warre, Numbers 32:21 And will goe all of you armed ouer Iordane before the LORD, vntill he hath driuen out his enemies from before him, Numbers 32:22 And the land bee subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall returne, and bee guiltlesse before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not doe so, behold, yee haue sinned against the LORD: and bee sure your sinne will finde you out. Numbers 32:24 Build ye cities for your litle ones, and folds for your sheepe, and doe that which hath proceeded out of your mouth. Numbers 32:25 And the children of Gad, and the children of Reuben spake vnto Moses, saying, Thy seruants will doe as my lord commandeth. Numbers 32:26 Our little ones, our wiues, our flocks, and all our cattell shall be there in the cities of Gilead. Numbers 32:27 But thy seruants will passe ouer, euery man armed for warre, before the LORD to battell, as my lord saith. Numbers 32:28 So concerning them Moses commaunded Eleazar the Priest, and Ioshua the sonne of Nun, and the chiefe fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel: Numbers 32:29 And Moses said vnto them, If the children of Gad, and the children of Reuben will passe with you ouer Iordane, euery man armed to battell before the LORD, and the land shall be subdued before you, then ye shall giue them the land of Gilead for a possession: Numbers 32:30 But if they will not passe ouer with you armed, they shall haue possessions among you in the land of Canaan. Numbers 32:31 And the children of Gad, and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the LORD hath said vnto thy seruants, so will we doe. Numbers 32:32 Wee will passe ouer armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Iordane may be ours.
Moses assigneth them the land.
Numbers 32:33 And Moses gaue vnto them, [euen] to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben; and vnto halfe the tribe of Manasseh the sonne of Ioseph, the kingdome of Sihon King of the Amorites, and the kingdome of Og King of Bashan, the land with the cities thereof, in the coastes, [euen] the cities of the countrey round about.
Numbers 32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer, Numbers 32:35 And Atroth, Shophan, and Iaazer, and Iogbehah, Numbers 32:36 And Bethnimrah, and Bethharan, fenced cities: and foldes for sheepe. Numbers 32:37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim, Numbers 32:38 And Nebo, and Baalmeon (their names being changed) and Shibmah: and gaue other names vnto the cities which they builded.
They conquer it.
Numbers 32:39 And the children of Machir, the sonne of Manasseh, went to Gilead, and tooke it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it. Numbers 32:40 And Moses gaue Gilead vnto Machir the sonne of Manasseh, and he dwelt therein. Numbers 32:41 And Iair the sonne of Manasseh went and tooke the small townes thereof, and called them Hauoth-Iair. Numbers 32:42 And Nobah went and tooke Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his owne name.