The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on that side Jordan.
Numbers 32:1 And much cattle hath been to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad, very many; and they see the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, and lo, the place [is] a place [for] cattle; Numbers 32:2 and the sons of Gad, and the sons of Reuben, come in and speak unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the company, saying: Numbers 32:3 'Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon Numbers 32:4 the land which Jehovah hath smitten before the company of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle.' Numbers 32:5 And they say, 'If we have found grace in thine eyes, let this land be given to thy servants for a possession; cause us not to pass over the Jordan.'
Moses reproveth them.
Numbers 32:6 And Moses saith to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, 'Do your brethren go in to the battle, and yedo ye sit here? Numbers 32:7 and why discourage ye the heart of the sons of Israel from passing over unto the land which Jehovah hath given to them? Numbers 32:8 'Thus did your fathers in my sending them from Kadesh-Barnea to see the land; Numbers 32:9 and they go up unto the valley of Eshcol, and see the land, and discourage the heart of the sons of Israel so as not to go in unto the land which Jehovah hath given to them; Numbers 32:10 and the anger of Jehovah burneth in that day, and He sweareth, saying, Numbers 32:11 They do not seethe men who are coming up out of Egypt from a son of twenty years and upwardthe ground which I have sworn to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, for they have not been fully after Me; Numbers 32:12 save Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua son of Nun, for they have been fully after Jehovah; Numbers 32:13 and the anger of Jehovah burneth against Israel, and He causeth them to wander in the wilderness forty years, until the consumption of all the generation which is doing the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah. Numbers 32:14 'And lo, ye have risen in the stead of your fathers, an increase of mensinners, to add yet to the fury of the anger of Jehovah toward Israel; Numbers 32:15 when ye turn back from after Him, then He hath added yet to leave him in the wilderness, and ye have done corruptly to all this people.'
They offer him conditions to his content.
Numbers 32:16 And they come nigh unto him, and say, 'Folds for the flock we build for our cattle here, and cities for our infants; Numbers 32:17 and wewe are armed hasting before the sons of Israel till that we have brought them in unto their place; and our infants have dwelt in the cities of defence because of the inhabitants of the land; Numbers 32:18 we do not turn back unto our houses till the sons of Israel have inherited each his inheritance, Numbers 32:19 for we do not inherit with them beyond the Jordan and yonder, for our inheritance hath come unto us beyond the Jordan at the [sun]-rising.'
Numbers 32:20 And Moses saith unto them, 'If ye do this thing: if ye are armed before Jehovah for battle, Numbers 32:21 and every armed one of you hath passed over the Jordan before Jehovah, till his dispossessing His enemies from before Him, Numbers 32:22 and the land hath been subdued before Jehovahthen afterwards ye do turn back, and have been acquitted by Jehovah, and by Israel; and this land hath been to you for a possession before Jehovah. Numbers 32:23 'And if ye do not so, lo, ye have sinned against Jehovah, and know ye your sin, that it doth find you; Numbers 32:24 build for yourselves cities for your infants, and folds for your flock, and that which is going out from your mouth do ye.' Numbers 32:25 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben speak unto Moses, saying, 'Thy servants do as my lord is commanding; Numbers 32:26 our infants, our wives, our cattle, and all our beasts, are there in cities of Gilead, Numbers 32:27 and thy servants pass over, every armed one of the host, before Jehovah, to battle, as my lord is saying.' Numbers 32:28 And Moses commandeth concerning them Eleazar the priest, and Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the sons of Israel; Numbers 32:29 and Moses saith unto them, 'If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben pass over with you the Jordan, every one armed for battle, before Jehovah, and the land hath been subdued before you, then ye have given to them the land of Gilead for a possession; Numbers 32:30 and if they do not pass over armed with you, then they have possessions in your midst in the land of Canaan.' Numbers 32:31 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben answer, saying, 'That which Jehovah hath spoken unto thy servantsso we do; Numbers 32:32 wewe pass over armed before Jehovah [to] the land of Canaan, and with us [is] the possession of our inheritance beyond the Jordan.'
Moses assigneth them the land.
Numbers 32:33 And Moses giveth to them, to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, and to the half of the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorite, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land by its cities, in the borders, the cities of the land round about.
Numbers 32:34 And the sons of Gad build Dihon, and Ataroth, and Aroer, Numbers 32:35 and Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah, Numbers 32:36 and Beth-Nimrah, and Beth-Haran, cities of defence, and sheepfolds. Numbers 32:37 And the sons of Reuben have build Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim, Numbers 32:38 and Nebo, and Baal-Meon (changed in name), and Shibmah, and they call by [these] names the names of the cities which they have built.
They conquer it.
Numbers 32:39 And sons of Machir son of Manasseh go to Gilead, and capture it, and dispossess the Amorite, who [is] in it; Numbers 32:40 and Moses giveth Gilead to Machir son of Manasseh, and he dwelleth in it. Numbers 32:41 And Jair son of Manasseh hath gone and captureth their towns, and calleth them 'Towns of Jair;' Numbers 32:42 and Nobah hath gone and captureth Kenath, and its villages, and calleth it Nobah, by his own name.