Numbers 32:42

42 And Nobah captured Kenath and its surrounding settlements and called it Nobah after himself.

Read Numbers 32:42 Using Other Translations

And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.
And Nobah went and captured Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.
Meanwhile, a man named Nobah captured the town of Kenath and its surrounding villages, and he renamed that area Nobah after himself.

What does Numbers 32:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 32:42

And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof
Who this Nobah was is not certain, very probably a descendant of Manasseh; it is said F21 he was among those that were born in Egypt, and died after the death of Moses, and was buried beyond Jordan, as it is said, also did Machir and Jair, so that there were none left but Caleb, and Joshua:

and called it Nobah,
after his name; but it seems that in later times its ancient name was restored to it; for Jerom F23, says there was a village in Arabia, called Cannatha, which is supposed to be this place; though he also tells us F24, that eight miles from Heshbon; to the south, is shown a desert place called Naba. Pliny F25 places Cannatha in the Decapolis.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 Seder Olam Rabba, c. 9. p. 27.
F23 Ut supra. (De loc. Heb. fol. 89. M.)
F24 De loc. Heb. fol. 93. H.
F25 Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 18.
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