Now the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad had an exceedingly large number of livestock. So when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that it was indeed a place suitable for livestock, (Numbers 32:1)

the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came and spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, (Numbers 32:2)

"Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon, (Numbers 32:3)

the land which the LORD conquered before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock." (Numbers 32:4)

They said, "If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession; do not take us across the Jordan." (Numbers 32:5)

But Moses said to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, "Shall your brothers go to war while you yourselves sit here? (Numbers 32:6)

"Now why are you discouraging the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the LORD has given them? (Numbers 32:7)

"This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to see the land. (Numbers 32:8)

"For when they went up to the valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the sons of Israel so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them. (Numbers 32:9)

"So the LORD'S anger burned in that day, and He swore, saying, (Numbers 32:10)

`None of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob; for they did not follow Me fully, (Numbers 32:11)

except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed the LORD fully.' (Numbers 32:12)

"So the LORD'S anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the entire generation of those who had done evil in the sight of the LORD was destroyed. (Numbers 32:13)

"Now behold, you have risen up in your fathers' place, a brood of sinful men, to add still more to the burning anger of the LORD against Israel. (Numbers 32:14)

"For if you turn away from following Him, He will once more abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people." (Numbers 32:15)

Then they came near to him and said, "We will build here sheepfolds for our livestock and cities for our little ones; (Numbers 32:16)

but we ourselves will be armed ready to go before the sons of Israel, until we have brought them to their place, while our little ones live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. (Numbers 32:17)

"We will not return to our homes until every one of the sons of Israel has possessed his inheritance. (Numbers 32:18)

"For we will not have an inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this side of the Jordan toward the east." (Numbers 32:19)


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