Matthew Bible

Numbers 32

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

Numbers 32:1 The chyldren of Ruben and the children of Gad, had an exceadyng greate multitude of catel. And when they sawe the lande of Iazer and the land of Galaad that it was an apte place for catell, Numbers 32:2 they came and spake vnto Moses and Eleazar the preast and vnto the Lordes of the congregacion sayinge. Numbers 32:3 The land of Ataroth & Dibo and Iazer, and Nemrah & Hesbon & Elealeh and Sabam & Nebo and Beon, Numbers 32:4 whiche contrye the Lord smote before the congregacion of Israel: is a land for catel and we thy seruauntes haue catel Numbers 32:5 wherfore (sayde they) yf we haue found grace in thy syghte, let thys lande be geuen vnto thy seruauntes to possesse, & brynge vs not ouer Iordan.

Moses reproveth them.

Numbers 32:6 And Moses sayd vnto þe chyldren of Gad & of Ruben: shall your brethren go to warre and ye tarye here? Numbers 32:7 Wherfore discorage ye the hertes of the chyldren of Israel for to go ouer into the land whych the Lord hath geuen them. Numbers 32:8 This dyd your fathers, when I sent them from Cades barne to se the land. Numbers 32:9 And they went vp euen vnto the ryuer of Escol and sawe the lande, and dyscoraged þe hertes of the chyldren of Israell, that they should not go into the land which the Lorde had geuen them. Numbers 32:10 And the Lorde was wroth the same tyme and sware sayinge. Numbers 32:11 None of the men that came out of Egypte from twenty yere olde and aboue, shal se the lande whych I sware vnto Abraham, Isaac and Iacob, because they haue not contynually folowed me: Numbers 32:12 saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune the Kenesite, & Iosua the sonne of Nun, for they haue folowed me continually, Numbers 32:13 And the Lord was angry wyth Israel, & made them wandre in þe wyldernesse .xl. yere, vntyl al the generacion that had done euel in the syghte of the Lord were consumed. Numbers 32:14 And beholde, ye are rysen vp in your fathers steade, to the encrease of synfull men, and to augment the fearse wrath of the lord to Israell warde. Numbers 32:15 For yf ye tourne awaye from after him, he wyll yet agayn leaue the people in the wyldernesse, so shal ye destroy al thys folke.

They offer him conditions to his content.

Numbers 32:16 And they went nere hym and sayde: we wyl buylde shepefoldes here for our shepe and for oure catell, and cyties for our chyldren. Numbers 32:17 But we our selues wil go ready armed before the chyldren of Israell, vntyll we haue brought them vnto their place. And oure chyldren shall dwell in the fenced cyties, because of the inhabiters of the land. Numbers 32:18 And we wyll not retourne vnto oure houses, vntyll the chyldren of Israel haue enhereted: euery man hys enheritaunce. Numbers 32:19 For we wyll not enheret wyth them on yonder side Iordan forwarde, because oure enheritaunce is falled to vs on thys syde Iordan eastwarde.

Numbers 32:20 And Moses sayd vnto them: If ye wyl do thys thynge, that ye wyl go all harnessed before the Lord to warre, Numbers 32:21 and wyll go all of you in harnesse ouer Iordan before þe Lord, vntyll he haue cast out hys enemyes before him, Numbers 32:22 and vntyl the land be subdued before þe Lord, then ye shall retourne and be without synne agaynst the Lord & agaynst Israell, & thys lande shalbe your possessyon before the Lorde. Numbers 32:23 But and yf ye wyl not do so, behold, ye synne agaynst the Lord: and be sure your synne wyll fynde you out. Numbers 32:24 Bylde youre cyties for your chyldren and fouldes for your shepe, and se ye do that ye haue spoken. Numbers 32:25 And the chyldren of Gad and of Ruben spake vnto Moses sayinge: thy seruauntes wyl do as my Lorde commaundeth. Numbers 32:26 Our children our wyues substance and all oure catell shall remayne here in þe cyties of Galaad. Numbers 32:27 But we thy seruauntes wyll go all harnessed for the warre vnto battell before the Lorde, as my Lord hath sayd. Numbers 32:28 And Moses commaunded Eleazar the Preast: and Iosua the sonne of Nun and the auncient heades of the trybes of the chyldren of Israel, Numbers 32:29 and sayd vnto them: If þe children of Gad and Ruben wyll go wyth you ouer Iordan, al prepared to feyght before þe Lord then when the land is subdued vnto you, geue them the lande of Galaad to possesse, Numbers 32:30 but & yf they wyll not go ouer wyth you in harnesse, then they shall haue their possessyons among you in the land of Canaan. Numbers 32:31 And the children of Gad & Ruben answered saying: that whych the Lord hath sayd vnto thy seruauntes we wyl do. Numbers 32:32 We wyl go harnessed before the Lord into the land of Canaan, and the possessyon of our enheritaunce shalbe on thys syde Iordan.

Moses assigneth them the land.

Numbers 32:33 And Moses gaue vnto the chyldren of Gad and of Ruben and vnto halfe the trybe of Manasse the sonne of Ioseph, the kyngdome of Sehon kynge of the Amorites, and the kyngdome of Og kynge of Bason, the lande that longed vnto the cyties therof in the costes of the countre rounde aboute.

Numbers 32:34 And the chyldren of Gad bylte Didon, Ataroth, Aroer, Atroth, Numbers 32:35 Sophan, Iaeser, Iegabea, Numbers 32:36 Bethnimra and Betharan fenced cytyes, and they buylt foldes for the shepe. Numbers 32:37 And the chyldren of Ruben bylte Hesbon, Eleale, Kiriathaim, Numbers 32:38 Nebo, Baal, Meon and turned theyr names, and Sibaina also: and gaue names vnto the cyties whych they buylt.

They conquer it.

Numbers 32:39 And the chyldren of Machir the sonne of Manasse went to Galaad and toke it, and put oute the Amorites that were therin. Numbers 32:40 And Moses gaue Galaad vnto Machir the sonne of Manasse, and he dwelt therin. Numbers 32:41 And Iahir the sonne of Manasse went and toke the small townes therof, and called them the townes of Iair. Numbers 32:42 And Nobah went and and toke Kenath wyth the townes longynge therto, and called it Nobah after his awne name.

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