Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, "Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here?
Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them?18
This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.29
After they went up to the Valley of Eshcol3 and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the LORD had given them.
The LORD's anger was aroused4 that day and he swore this oath:511
'Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old or more6 who came up out of Egypt7 will see the land I promised on oath8 to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob9--
not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly.'1013
The LORD's anger burned against Israel11 and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.1214
"And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the LORD even more angry with Israel.1315
If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction.14"
Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens15 here for our livestock16 and cities for our women and children.
But we are ready to arm ourselves and go ahead of the Israelites17 until we have brought them to their place.18 Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land.
We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his inheritance.1919
We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance20 has come to us on the east side of the Jordan."2120
Then Moses said to them, "If you will do this--if you will arm yourselves before the LORD for battle,2221
and if all of you will go armed over the Jordan before the LORD until he has driven his enemies out before him23--
then when the land is subdued before the LORD, you may return24 and be free from your obligation to the LORD and to Israel. And this land will be your possession25 before the LORD.2623
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.2724
Build cities for your women and children, and pens for your flocks,28 but do what you have promised.29"
The Gadites and Reubenites said to Moses, "We your servants will do as our lord commands.3026
Our children and wives, our flocks and herds will remain here in the cities of Gilead.3127
But your servants, every man armed for battle, will cross over to fight32 before the LORD, just as our lord says."
Then Moses gave orders about them33 to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun34 and to the family heads of the Israelite tribes.3529
He said to them, "If the Gadites and Reubenites, every man armed for battle, cross over the Jordan with you before the LORD, then when the land is subdued before you,36 give them the land of Gilead as their possession.3730
But if they do not cross over38 with you armed, they must accept their possession with you in Canaan.39"
The Gadites and Reubenites answered, "Your servants will do what the LORD has said.4032
We will cross over before the LORD into Canaan armed,41 but the property we inherit will be on this side of the Jordan.42"
Then Moses gave to the Gadites,43 the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh44 son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites45 and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan46--the whole land with its cities and the territory around them.4734
The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,4835
Atroth Shophan, Jazer,49 Jogbehah,5036
Beth Nimrah51 and Beth Haran as fortified cities, and built pens for their flocks.5237
And the Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon,53 Elealeh54 and Kiriathaim,5538
as well as Nebo56 and Baal Meon (these names were changed) and Sibmah.57 They gave names to the cities they rebuilt.
The descendants of Makir58 son of Manasseh went to Gilead,59 captured it and drove out the Amorites60 who were there.
So Moses gave Gilead to the Makirites,61 the descendants of Manasseh, and they settled there.
Jair,62 a descendant of Manasseh, captured their settlements and called them Havvoth Jair.a6342
And Nobah captured Kenath64 and its surrounding settlements and called it Nobah65 after himself.66