"The LORD was furious with Israel and made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the whole generation that sinned against him had died.
But here you are, a brood of sinners, doing exactly the same thing! You are making the LORD even angrier with Israel.
If you turn away from him like this and he abandons them again in the wilderness, you will be responsible for destroying this entire nation!"
But they responded to Moses, "We simply want to build sheepfolds for our flocks and fortified cities for our wives and children.
Then we will arm ourselves and lead our fellow Israelites into battle until we have brought them safely to their inheritance. Meanwhile, our families will stay in the fortified cities we build here, so they will be safe from any attacks by the local people.
We will not return to our homes until all the people of Israel have received their inheritance of land.
But we do not want any of the land on the other side of the Jordan. We would rather live here on the east side where we have received our inheritance."
Then Moses said, "If you keep your word and arm yourselves for the LORD's battles,
and if your troops cross the Jordan until the LORD has driven out his enemies,
then you may return when the land is finally subdued before the LORD. You will have discharged your duty to the LORD and to the rest of the people of Israel. And the land on the east side of the Jordan will be your inheritance from the LORD.
But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)