The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness 40 years until the whole generation that had done what was evil in the Lord's sight was gone.
And here you, a brood of sinners, stand in your fathers' place adding even more to the Lord's burning anger against Israel.
If you turn back from following Him, He will once again leave this people in the wilderness, and you will destroy all of them."
Then they approached him and said, "We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our dependents.
But we will arm ourselves and be ready [to go] ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them into their place. Meanwhile, our dependents will remain in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
We will not return to our homes until each of the Israelites has taken possession of his inheritance.
Yet we will not have an inheritance with them across the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance will be across the Jordan to the east."
Moses replied to them, "If you do this-if you arm yourselves for battle before the Lord,
and every one of your armed men crosses the Jordan before the Lord until He has driven His enemies from His presence,
and the land is subdued before the Lord-afterwards you may return and be free from obligation to the Lord and to Israel. And this land will belong to you as a possession before the Lord.
But if you don't do this, you will certainly sin against the Lord; be sure your sin will catch up with you.