Numbers 32:16

Overview - Numbers 32
The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on the east side of Jordan.
Moses reproves them.
16 They offer him conditions with which he is content.
33 Moses assigns them the land.
39 They conquer it.
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Numbers 32:16  (King James Version)
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

This proposal was very equitable, and it was honestly made and faithfully executed; though it did not imply that all men capable of bearing arms should go, and so leave their families and possessions defenceless, but only a sufficient detachment of them. Among the inhabitants of the land were the Ammonites, Moabites, Idumeans, and the remains of the Midianites and Amorites; and as it was impossible for the women and children to keep the defenced cities, when placed in them, many of the men of war must of course stay behind. In the last census (ch. 26), the tribe of Reuben consisted of Numbers 32:43 Numbers 32:730 ; men; the tribe of Gad 40,500; and the tribe of Manasseh
52,700; the half of which is 26,350; which together amount to
110,580. Now from Joshua 4:13 ,we learn, that of these tribes
only Numbers 32:40 Numbers 32:000 ; armed men passed over Jordan to assist their brethren: consequently Numbers 32:70 Numbers 32:580 ; men were left behind for the defence of the women, the children, and the flocks: which was amply sufficient for this purpose. 34:22 Genesis 33:17
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