And the children of Israel heard say
Those that dwelt in the land of Canaan, for otherwise, as before observed, the two tribes and a half on the other side Jordan were Israelites also; and this is a further proof that the altar was built on their side, or those in the land of Canaan would have known of the building of it, and have seen them at it, and not come at the knowledge of it by hearsay only, as it seems they did, it being reported to them by some who had been in those parts, and had seen the structure:
behold, the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and the half
tribe of Manasseh, have built an altar over against the land of Canaan;
which clearly shows it was on the other side Jordan, though Noldius, who places it in the land of Canaan, renders the words, "in the neighbourhood of" it F12; which will not much help him, since it might be in the neighbourhood of it, and yet not in it:
in the borders of Jordan;
on the banks of it, or in one of the meanders and windings of it, at a place where it ran out and fetched a compass in the land of Canaan:
at the passage of the children of Israel;
where they passed over when they first came into Canaan, and where those tribes also passed over at their return; supposed to be the Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing, ( John 1:28 ) .
F12 (lwm la) "in vicinia", Noldius, No. 369. p. 80.