The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on that side Jordan.
Numbers 32:1 Now, much cattle, had come into the possession of the sons of Reuben, and of the sons of Gad, an exceeding mighty number. And, when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, lo! the place, was a place for cattle. Numbers 32:2 So the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came in,and spake unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of assembly, saying, Numbers 32:3 As touching Ataroth and Dibon, and Jazer and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh,and Sebam and Nebo, and Beon Numbers 32:4 the land which Yahweh smote before the assembly of Israel, a land for cattle, it is,and, thy servants, have cattle. Numbers 32:5 And they saidIf we have found favour in thine eyes, let this land be given unto thy servants, for a possession,do not take us over the Jordan.
Moses reproveth them.
Numbers 32:6 Then said Moses unto the sons of Gad and unto the sons of Reuben,Shall, your brethren, go into the war, and ye, settle down here? Numbers 32:7 Wherefore, then, should ye dissuade the heart of the sons of Israel,from passing over into the land which Yahweh hath given to them? Numbers 32:8 Thus, did your fathers,when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea, to view the land, Numbers 32:9 and they went up as far as the ravine of Eschol, and viewed the land, and then dissuaded the heart of the sons of Israel from entering into the land, which Yahweh, had given them. Numbers 32:10 Then was the anger of Yahweh kindled, on that day,and he sware, saying: Numbers 32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upwards, shall see the soil, which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob,because they have not followed after me fully; Numbers 32:12 save Caleb son of Jephunneh, the Kenezite, and Joshua, son of Nun,for they followed after Yahweh, fully. Numbers 32:13 So the anger of Yahweh kindled upon Israel, and he made them wander in the desert, forty years,until all the generation who had done the evil in the eyes of Yahweh, had wasted away! Numbers 32:14 Lo! therefore, ye have arisen in the room of your fathers, a brood of sinful men,to heap up yet more upon the heat of the anger of Yahweh, towards Israel. Numbers 32:15 If ye do turn away from following him, then will he yet again leave them behind in the desert,so shall ye bring destruction upon all this people.
They offer him conditions to his content.
Numbers 32:16 Then came they near unto him, and said, Folds for flocks, would we build for our cattle, here,and cities for our little ones; Numbers 32:17 but, we, would arm ourselves promptly, before the sons of Israel, until that we have brought them into their place,so should our little ones remain in the fortified cities, because of the inhabitants of the land. Numbers 32:18 We would not return unto our houses,until the sons of Israel have possessed themselves, each man, of his inheritance. Numbers 32:19 For we would not inherit with them, over the Jordan, and onwards,because our inheritance hath come unto us on this side the Jordan, towards sunrise.
Numbers 32:20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will indeed do this thing,if ye will arm yourselves, before Yahweh, for the war; Numbers 32:21 and every armed man of you pass over the Jordan before Yahweh,until he hath dispossessed his enemies, from before him; Numbers 32:22 and the land be subdued before Yahweh, then, afterwards, shall ye return, and shall be acquitted by Yahweh and by Israel,and this land shall be yours for a possession before Yahweh. Numbers 32:23 But, if ye shall not do this, lo! ye will have sinned against Yahweh,and take note of your sin, that it will find you out. Numbers 32:24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your flocks,and then, that which hath gone forth from your mouth, ye shall do. Numbers 32:25 Then spake the sons of Gad, and the sons of Reuben, unto Moses, saying,thy servants, will do, as, my lord, is giving command. Numbers 32:26 Our little ones, our wives, our cattle, and all our beasts, shall remain there, in the cities of Gilead; Numbers 32:27 and, thy servants, will pass over, every one armed for war, before Yahweh, to battle,as, my lord, is speaking. Numbers 32:28 So Moses gave command concerning them, unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua son of Nun,and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes, of the sons of Israel; Numbers 32:29 and Moses said unto themIf the sons of Gad and the son of Reuben will pass with you over the Jordan, every one armed for the war, before Yahweh, and the land be subdued before you, then shall ye give unto them the land of Gilead, for a possession. Numbers 32:30 But, if they will not pass over armed, with you, then shall they accept a possession in your midst, in the land of Canaan. Numbers 32:31 Then responded the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben, saying,That which Yahweh had spoken unto thy servants, so, will we do. Numbers 32:32 We, will pass over, armed, before Yahweh, into the land of Canaan,then shall be, ours, the possession of our inheritance across the Jordan.
Moses assigneth them the land.
Numbers 32:33 So then Moses gave unto themeven unto the sons of Gad, and unto the sons of Reuben, and unto the half tribe of Manasseh son of Josephthe kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og, the king of Bashan, the land, by her cities, with boundaries, even the cities of the land round about.
Numbers 32:34 And the sons of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth,and Aroer; Numbers 32:35 and Atroth-shophan and Jazer, and Jogbehah; Numbers 32:36 and Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran,fortified cities, and folds for flocks. Numbers 32:37 And, the sons of Reuben, built Heshbon, and Elealeh,and Kiriathaim, Numbers 32:38 and Nebo and Baal-meontheir names being changed, and Sibmah,and they gave names to the cities which they built.
They conquer it.
Numbers 32:39 Then went the sons of Machir, son of Manasseh, to Gilead, and captured it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were therein. Numbers 32:40 So Moses gave Gilead unto Machir, son of Manasseh,and he dwelt therein. Numbers 32:41 And, Jair, son of Manasseh, went, and captured their encampments,and called them Havvoth-jair [="The encampments of Jair"]. Numbers 32:42 And, Nobah, went, and captured Kenath, with the villages thereof,and called it Nobah, after his own name.