The East Jordan tribes sent home
22:1 Then Yeshua called the Reubenites, and the
Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
22:2 And said to them, ya'll have kept all that Moses the servant
of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I
22:3 ya'll have not left your brethren these many days to this
day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your
22:4 And now the LORD your God has given rest to your
brethren, as he promised them therefore now return ya'll , and get
you to your tents, [and] to the land of your possession,
which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side
22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law,
which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD
your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his
commandments, and to cleave to him, and to serve him with all
your heart and with all your soul.
22:6 So Yeshua blessed them, and sent them away and they went to their tents.
22:7 Now to the [one] half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had
given [possession] in Bashan but to the [other] half thereof
gave Yeshua among their brethren on this side Jordan westward.
And when Yeshua sent them away also to their tents, then he
22:8 And he spake to them, saying, Return with much riches to your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with
gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment
divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
22:9 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the
half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children
of Israel out of Shiloh, which [is] in the land of Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession,
whereof they were possessed, according to the word of the LORD by
the hand of Moses.
22:10 And when they came to the borders of Jordan, that [are]
in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of
Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by
Jordan, a great altar to see to.
The dispute and reconciliation
22:11 And the children of Israel heard say, 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, in the
borders of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel.
22:12 And when the children of Israel heard [of it], the whole
congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves
together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them.
22:13 And the children of Israel sent to the children of
Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of
Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar
22:14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince
throughout all the tribes of Israel ; and each one [was] an head
of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.
22:15 And they came to the children of Reuben, and to the
children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, to the land
of Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,
22:16 This says the whole congregation of the LORD, What
trespass [is] this that ya'll have committed against the God of
Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ya'll
have builded you an altar, that ya'll might rebel this day against
the LORD ?
22:17 [Is] the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we
are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in
the congregation of the LORD,
22:18 But that ya'll must turn away this day from following the LORD
? and it will be, [seeing] ya'll rebel to day against the LORD, that
tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel.
22:19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession [be]
unclean, [then] pass ya'll over to the land of the possession of
the LORD, wherein the LORD'S tabernacle stays, and take
possession among us but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel
against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD
22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the
accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel
? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
22:21 Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the
half tribe of Manasseh answered, and said to the heads of the
thousands of Israel,
22:22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knows, and
Israel he shall know ; if [it be] in rebellion, or if in
transgression against the LORD, (save(save us not this day,)
22:23 That we have built us an altar to turn from following the
LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or
if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require
22:24 And if we have not [rather] done it for fear of [this ]
thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak to our
children, saying, What have ya'll to do with the LORD God of Israel
22:25 For the LORD has made Jordan a border between us and you,
ya'll children of Reuben and children of Gad ; ya'll have no part in
the LORD so shall your children make our children cease from
fearing the LORD.
22:26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar,
not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice
22:27 But [that] it [may be] a witness between us, and you, and
our generations after us, that we might do the service of the
LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our
sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may
not say to our children in time to come, ya'll have no part in the
22:28 Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should [so]
say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say
[again], Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our
fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices ; but
it [is] a witness between us and you.
22:29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn
this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt
offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the
altar of the LORD our God that [is] before his tabernacle.
22:30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the
congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which [were]
with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the
children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased
22:31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the
children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the
children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD [is]
among us, because ya'll have not committed this trespass against the
LORD now ya'll have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand
of the LORD.
22:32 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the
princes, returned from the children of Reuben, and from the
children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead, to the land of
Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought them word again.
22:33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel ; and the
children of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up
against them in battle, to destroy the land wherein the children
of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
22:34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called
the altar [Ed] for it [shall be] a witness between us that the
LORD [is] God.
Main Index || Joshua Index
1|| Chapter 2 || Chapter 3
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8
9 || Chapter 10
11 || Chapter 12 || Chapter 13
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23