Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO NUMBERS 32\\

This chapter relates, how that the tribes of Gad and Reuben requested a
settlement in the country of Jazer and Gilead, being fit for the
pasturage of their cattle, \\#Nu 32:1-5\\ at which Moses at first was
very much displeased, as being unreasonable, and tending to discourage
the rest of the people; and as acting a part like that their fathers
had done before them, which brought the wrath of God upon them, so that
they all but two perished in the wilderness; and this he suggests would
be the case again, if such measures were taken, \\#Nu 32:6-15\\ upon
which they explain themselves, and declare they had no intention of
forsaking their brethren, but were willing to leave their children and
cattle to the care of divine Providence, and go armed before Israel,
until they were brought into, and settled in the land of Canaan; nor
did they desire any part or inheritance in it, \\#Nu 32:16-19\\, this
satisfied Moses, and he agreed to it, that the land they requested
should be their possession, provided the conditions were fulfilled by
them, which they proposed, \\#Nu 20:20-24\\, and which they again
agreed unto, and promised to perform, \\#Nu 32:25-27\\, wherefore Moses
gave orders to Eleazar, Joshua, and the chief fathers of the tribes, to
put them in possession of the land of Gilead on those conditions,
\\#Nu 32:28-30\\ and which were again promised that they would observe,
\\#Nu 32:31,32\\, and at the same time Moses made a grant of the kingdoms of
Sihon and of Og to the tribes of Reuben and Gad, and to half the tribe
of Manasseh, \\#Nu 32:33\\ and the chapter is closed with an account of
the cities built or repaired by the children of Gad and Reuben,
\\#Nu 32:34-38\\ and of the cities in Gilead taken and possessed by the
children of Machir, and by Jair, who were of the tribe of Manasseh,
\\#Nu 32:39-42\\.