Numbers 32:13-23 (English Standard Version)

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13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them 1wander in the wilderness forty years, until 2all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone. 14 And behold, you have risen in your fathers' place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of the LORD against Israel! 15 For if you 3turn away from following him, he will again abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all this people." 16 Then they came near to him and said, 4"We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones, 17 but 5we will take up arms, ready to go before the people of Israel, until we have brought them to their place. And our little ones shall live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18 6We will not return to our homes until each of the people of Israel has gained his inheritance. 19 For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, 7because our inheritance has come to us on this side of the Jordan to the east." 20 So 8Moses said to them, "If you will do this, if you will take up arms to go before the LORD for the war, 21 and every armed man of you will pass over the Jordan before the LORD, until he has 9driven out his enemies from before him 22 and the land is subdued before the LORD; then after that you shall return and be free of obligation to the LORD and to Israel, and 10this land shall be your possession before the LORD. 23 But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and 11be sure your sin will find you out.
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