Bishops' Bible

Numbers 32

The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on that side Jordan.

Numbers 32:1 The childre of Ruben & the chidren of Gad had an exeeding great multitude of cattell: And when they sawe the lande of Iazer, & the lande of Gilead, that it was an apt place for cattell, Numbers 32:2 The children of Ruben, and the children of Gad, came & spake vnto Moyses and Eleazar the priest, and vnto the lordes of the congregation, saying: Numbers 32:3 The lande of Ataroth & Dibon, Iazer and Nenrah, Hesbon and Elealeh, Sabam, and Nebo, and Beon: Numbers 32:4 Which countrey the Lorde smote before the congregation of Israel, is a lande meete for cattell, and we thy seruauntes haue cattell. Numbers 32:5 Wherfore said they: If we haue found grace in thy sight, let this lande be geue vnto thy seruauntes to possesse, & bryng vs not ouer Iordane.

Moses reproveth them.

Numbers 32:6 And Moyses sayde vnto the children of Gad and of Ruben: Shall your brethren go to warre, and ye shall sit here? Numbers 32:7 Wherfore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel, that they shoulde not go ouer into the lande which the Lorde hath geuen them? Numbers 32:8 Thus dyd your fathers when I sent them from Cades Brnea to see ye lande. Numbers 32:9 For when they went vp euen vnto the riuer of Eschol, and sawe the lande, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the lande which the Lord hath geue them. Numbers 32:10 And the Lordes wrath was kindled the same tyme, and he sware, saying: Numbers 32:11 None of the men that came out of Egypt, fro twentie yeres olde & aboue, shall see the lande which I sware vnto Abraham, Isaac, and Iacob, because they haue not wholly folowed me: Numbers 32:12 Saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune the Kenesite, and Iosuah the sonne of Nun: for they haue constantly folowed the Lorde. Numbers 32:13 And the Lorde was verie angry with Israel, and made them wander in the wildernesse fourtie yeres, vntyll all the generation that had done euyll in the sight of the Lorde, were consumed. Numbers 32:14 And beholde, ye are rysen vp in your fathers steade, as an increase of sinfull men, to augment the fierce wrath of the Lorde towarde Israel: Numbers 32:15 For if ye turne away from after hym, he wyll yet agayne leaue the people in the wildernesse, and ye shall destroy all this folke.

They offer him conditions to his content.

Numbers 32:16 And they went neare hym, and sayde: We wyll builde sheepe foldes here for our sheepe & for our cattell, and [walled] cities for our children: Numbers 32:17 But we our selues wyl go redy armed before the children of Israel, vntyll we haue brought them vnto their place: And our children shall dwell in the fensed cities, because of the inhabiters of the lande. Numbers 32:18 We wyll not returne vnto our houses, vntyll the children of Israel haue inherited, euery man his inheritaunce: Numbers 32:19 Neither wyll we inherite with them on yonder side Iordane forwarde, because our inheritaunce is fallen to vs on this side Iordane eastwarde.

Numbers 32:20 And Moyses sayde vnto them: If ye wyll do this thyng, and go harnessed before the Lorde to warre, Numbers 32:21 And will go all of you in harnesse ouer Iordane before the Lord, vntil he haue cast out his enemies from his sight, Numbers 32:22 And vntyll the lande be subdued before the Lorde: then ye shall returne, and be without sinne before the Lorde and before Israel, and this lande shalbe your possession before the Lorde. Numbers 32:23 But and if ye wyll not do so, beholde, ye haue sinned agaynst the Lorde: and be sure your sinne wyll finde you out. Numbers 32:24 Nowe therfore, builde cities for your children, and foldes for your sheepe, and do that ye haue spoken. Numbers 32:25 The children of Gad, and the children of Ruben, spake vnto Moyses, saying: Thy seruauntes wyll do as my Lorde commaundeth. Numbers 32:26 Our children, our wyues, our sheepe, and our cattell, shall remayne here in the cities of Gilead: Numbers 32:27 But thy seruauntes wyll go all harnessed for the warre, and vnto battayle before the Lorde, as my Lorde sayth. Numbers 32:28 And for their sakes, Moyses commaunded Eleazar the priest, & Iosuah the sonne of Nun, and the chiefe fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, Numbers 32:29 And Moyses sayde vnto them: If the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben wyl go with you ouer Iordane, all armed, to fyght before the Lorde, then when the lande is subdued before you, ye shall geue them the lande of Gilead to possesse: Numbers 32:30 But and if they wyll not go ouer with you in harnesse, they shall haue their possessions among you in the lande of Chanaan. Numbers 32:31 And the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben, aunswered, saying: As the Lorde hath sayde vnto thy seruauntes, so wyll we do: Numbers 32:32 We wyll go harnessed before ye Lorde into the lande of Chanaan, that the possession of our inheritaunce may be geuen vs on this side Iordane.

Moses assigneth them the land.

Numbers 32:33 And Moyses gaue vnto the children of Gad, and to the children of Ruben, and vnto halfe the tribe of Manasse the sonne of Ioseph, the kyngdome of Sehon kyng of the Amorites, and the kyngdome of Og kyng of Basan, the lande with the cities therof, in ye coastes and cities of the countrey rounde about.

Numbers 32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer, Numbers 32:35 And Atoth, Sophan, Iaaser, and Iogbea, Numbers 32:36 Bethnimra, and Betharan, fensed cities: & they built foldes for the sheepe. Numbers 32:37 And the children of Ruben built Hesbon, Eleale, Kiriathaim, Numbers 32:38 Nebo, Baalmeon, and turned their names, and Sibama also: and gaue other names vnto the cities which they builded.

They conquer it.

Numbers 32:39 And the children of Machir the sonne of Manasse went to Gilead and toke it, and put out the Amorites that dwelt therin. Numbers 32:40 And Moyses gaue Gilead vnto Mathir the sonne of Manasse, and he dwelt therin. Numbers 32:41 And Iair the sonne of Manasse went and toke the smal townes therof, and called them Hauoth Iair. Numbers 32:42 And Nobah went and toke Kenath, and the townes longyng therto, and called it Nobah, after his owne name.

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