32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of
Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw
the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the
place was a place for cattle;
32:2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came
and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto
the princes of the congregation, saying,
32:3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon,
and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon,
32:4 Even the country which the LORD smote before the
congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy
servants have cattle:
32:5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy
sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a
possession, and bring us not over Jordan.
32:6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the
children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall
ye sit here?
32:7 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children
of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath
32:8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from
Kadeshbarnea to see the land.
32:9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and
saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of
Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD
had given them.
32:10 And the LORD's anger was kindled the same time, and
he sware, saying,
32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt,
from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I
sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they
have not wholly followed me:
32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and
Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the
32:13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and
he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all
the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD,
32:14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead,
an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger
of the LORD toward Israel.
32:15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again
leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this
32:16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build
sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little
32:17 But we ourselves will go ready armed before the
children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their
place: and our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities
because of the inhabitants of the land.
32:18 We will not return unto our houses, until the
children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.
32:19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side
Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us
on this side Jordan eastward.
32:20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing,
if ye will go armed before the LORD to war,
32:21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the
LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,
32:22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then
afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD,
and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession
before the LORD.
32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned
against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
32:24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for
your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your
32:25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben
spake unto Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord
32:26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our
cattle, shall be there in the cities of Gilead:
32:27 But thy servants will pass over, every man armed for
war, before the Lord to battle, as my lord saith.
32:28 So concerning them Moses commanded Eleazar the
priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of
the tribes of the children of Israel:
32:29 And Moses said unto them, If the children of Gad and
the children of Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every
man armed to battle, before the LORD, and the land shall be
subdued before you; then ye shall give them the land of
Gilead for a possession:
32:30 But if they will not pass over with you armed, they
shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.
32:31 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben
answered, saying, As the LORD hath said unto thy servants,
so will we do.
32:32 We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land
of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this
side Jordan may be ours.
32:33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of
Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe
of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of
the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the
land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities
of the country round about.
32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and
32:35 And Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah,
32:36 And Bethnimrah, and Bethharan, fenced cities: and
folds for sheep.
32:37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh,
32:38 And Nebo, and Baalmeon, (their names being changed,)
and Shibmah: and gave other names unto the cities which they
32:39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went
to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which
was in it.
32:40 And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of
Manasseh; and he dwelt therein.
32:41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the small
towns thereof, and called them Havothjair.
32:42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages
thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.