The two tribes and half with a blessing are sent home.
Joshua 22:1 Then Iosua called vnto the Rubenites, the Gaddites and to the halfe trybe of Manasses, Joshua 22:2 & sayd vnto them, ye haue kept al that Moses the seruaunt of the Lord commaunded you, and haue obeied my voyce in all that I commaunded you, Joshua 22:3 ye haue not lefte youre brethren of a long ceason vnto this daye but haue kepte the commaundement of the Lord youre God. Joshua 22:4 And now the Lord hath geuen reste vnto youre brethren as he promised them. Wherfore returne and go vnto youre tentes & vnto the lande of youre possessyon, whych Moses the seruaunt of the Lord gaue you on the other syde Iordan. Joshua 22:5 But in any wyse take exceding good heade, that ye do the commaundement & law whych Moses the seruaunt of the Lord charged you: whyche is, that ye loue the Lorde youre God, and walke in hys wayes & kepe his commaundementes, and cleaue vnto him, and seaue hym wyth all youre hertes, and all youre soules. Joshua 22:6 And so Iosua blessed them, and sent them awaye. And they went vnto their tentes.
Joshua 22:7 Vnto the one halfe of the trybe of Manasses, Moses gaue possession in Basan, and vnto the other half therof gaue Iosua with their brethren on this syde Iordan westward. And also when Iosua sent them awaye vnto theyr tentes and blessed them, Joshua 22:8 he sayde vnto them, returne with much rychesse vnto youre tentes, and with very muche catell, wyth syluer gold, brasse, yeron, and with rayment aboue measure, and deuide the spoyle of youre enemyes wyth youre brethren.
Joshua 22:9 And the chyldren of Ruben, the chyldren of Gad, and halfe the trybe of Manasses, returned and departed from the chyldren of Israel out of Syloh, which is in the lande of Canaan, to go vnto the countreye of Galaad, and to the lande of their possessyon, wherin they were possessed at the mouth of the Lorde by the hande of Moses.
They build the altar of testimony in their journey.
Joshua 22:10 And when they came vnto the coastes of Iordan, that lye in þe lande of Canaan, there the chyldren of Ruben, the chyldren of Gad, and the halfe trybe of Manasses, buylt an altare faste by Iordan, and that a great altare to se to.
The Israelites are offended thereat.
Joshua 22:11 And when the children of Israel hearde saye: beholde the chyldren of Ruben, the chyldren of Gad, and the halfe trybe of Manasses haue buylte an altare in the forefrounte of the land of Canaan in the borders of Iordan on the syde of the chyldren of Israell, Joshua 22:12 the whole congregacyon of the chyldren of Israel gathered them together to Siloh, to go vpon them wyth batell. Joshua 22:13 And the children of Israell sent vnto the chyldren of Ruben, to the chyldren of Gad, and to the halfe trybe of Manasses into the lande of Galaad, Phinehes, the sonne of Eleazar the prieste, Joshua 22:14 and wyth him ten Lordes of euery chefe house, a Lorde thorowout al the trybes of Israell, whych heades of their father housholdes were ouer the thousandes of Israell.
Joshua 22:15 And they wente vnto the chyldren of Ruben, of Gad and to the halfe trybe of Manasses, vnto the lande of Galaad, and spake wyth them sayinge. Joshua 22:16 Thus saye the whole congregacion of the Lord: what transgression is this, that ye haue transgressed againste the God of Israell, to turne awaye this daye from after the Lorde and to buylde you an altare for to rebelle this day againste þe Lorde, Joshua 22:17 Is the wicked deade of Peor to lyttell for vs, wherof we are not cleansed vnto this daye, & there was a plage in the congregacion of the Lorde: Joshua 22:18 But that ye also shoulde turne awaye this daye from folowing the Lorde: ye shall rebelle to daye agaynste the Lorde, and to morow he shall be wroth wyth all the congregacyon. Joshua 22:19 Not withstanding yf the lande of youre possessyon be vncleane, then come ouer vnto the lande of the possessyon of the Lorde, where the Lordes tabernacle dwelleth, and be possessed amonge vs. But rebell not againste the Lorde nor agaynst vs, to buylde you anye other aulter saue the aulter of the Lorde oure God. Joshua 22:20 Dyd not Acan the sonne of Zareth trespase in þe excommunicate thinges, and wrath fell on all the congregacyon of Israel, so that he alone peryshed not for hys wyckednesse?
They give them good satisfaction.
Joshua 22:21 Then the chyldren of Ruben and of Gad, and halfe the trybe of Manasses aunswered and sayde vnto the heades ouer the thousandes of Israel: Joshua 22:22 The myghtye God Iehouah he knoweth, and Israel shall knowe yf it be to rebelle or transgresse agaynste the Lorde, then the Lorde saue vs not thys daye. Joshua 22:23 Or els yf we haue buylt vs an aulter to tourne from folowynge the Lorde, or to offer thereon burntofferynge or meate offerynges, or to offer peace offerynges thereon: let the Lorde requyre it: Joshua 22:24 And haue not rather done it for feare of thys: least in tyme to come youre chyldren shulde saye vnto oures: what haue ye to do wyth the Lorde God of Israel, seynge: Joshua 22:25 that the Lorde hath made Iordan a border betwene vs and you ye chyldren of Ruben & of Gad: ye haue no parte therfore in the Lorde: and so shall youre chyldren make our chyldren cease from fearynge the Lorde. Joshua 22:26 And therfore we sayde: Let vs cause an aulter to be made, not for burntofferynges, nor sacryfyces, Joshua 22:27 but it shalbe a wytnesse betwene vs, and you and oure generacyons after vs, that we shulde serue the Lorde, wyth our offerynges, sacryfyces and peace offerynges: and that youre chyldren shulde not say to oures in tyme to come, ye haue no parte in þe Lorde. Joshua 22:28 And we thought yf they shuld so say to vs or to oure generacyons in tyme to come, that we wolde saye agayne: Beholde the fashyon of the aulter which our fathers made, neither for burntofferynges nor sacryfyces, but that it shulde be a wytnesse betwene vs and you Joshua 22:29 God forbydde that we shulde rebell agaynst the Lorde, and that we shulde turne this day from after him, and buyld an aulter for burntofferynges or sacryfyces, saue the aultare of the Lorde, oure God that is before hys tabernacle.
Joshua 22:30 And when Phinehes the Prieste, and the Lordes of the congregacion and heades ouer the thousandes of Israell whiche were wyth hym, hearde the wordes that the chyldren of Ruben, the chyldren of Gad and the chyldren of Manasses spake, they were well contente. Joshua 22:31 And Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the priest sayde vnto the chyldren of Ruben, of Gad & of Manasses thys daye we perceyue that the Lorde is among vs, because ye haue not done thys trespase agaynst the Lorde. And now ye haue rydde the chyldren of Israell out of the handes of the Lorde.
Joshua 22:32 And Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the Prieste and the Lordes returned from the chyldren of Ruben and of Gad oute of the lande of Galaad vnto the lande of Canaan, to the chyldren of Israell, and brought them worde agayne. Joshua 22:33 And the aunswere pleased the chyldren of Israel well, and they praysed GOD and dyd not entende to go agaynste them in battayle, to destroye the lande which the chyldren of Ruben and Gad dwelte in. Joshua 22:34 And the chyldren of Ruben & the chyldren of Gad called the aulter Ed, because it is a wytnesse betwene vs, that the Lorde is God.