[They sent] 10 leaders with him-one family leader for each tribe of Israel. All of them were heads of their families among the clans of Israel.
They went to the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, and told them,
"This is what the Lord's entire community says: 'What is this treachery you have committed today against the God of Israel by turning away from the Lord and building an altar for yourselves, so that you are in rebellion against the Lord today?
Wasn't the sin of Peor, which brought a plague on the Lord's community, enough for us, so that we have not cleansed ourselves from it even to this day,
and now, you would turn away from the Lord? If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow He will be angry with the entire community of Israel.
But if the land you possess is defiled, cross over to the land the Lord possesses where the Lord's tabernacle stands, and take possession [of it] among us. But don't rebel against the Lord or against us by building for yourselves an altar other than the altar of the Lord our God.
Wasn't Achan son of Zerah unfaithful regarding what was set apart for destruction, bringing wrath on the entire community of Israel? He was not the only one who perished because of his sin.' "a21
The Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh answered the leaders of the Israelite clans,
"The Lord is the God of gods! The Lord is the God of gods!b He knows, and may Israel also know. Do not spare us today, if [it was] in rebellion or treachery against the Lord
that we have built for ourselves an altar to turn away from Him. May the Lord Himself hold us accountable if [we intended] to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings on it, or to sacrifice fellowship offerings on it.
We actually did this from a specific concern that in the future your descendants might say to our descendants, 'What relationship do you have with the Lord,c the God of Israel?