Accessibility setting


Select language

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Skip to content

Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Numbers 32:1-42

32  Now the sons of Reu′ben+ and the sons of Gad+ had come to have numerous livestock, very many, in fact. And they began to see the land of Ja′zer+ and the land of Gil′e·ad, and, look! the place was a place for livestock.  Hence the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben came and said this to Moses and El·e·a′zar the priest and to the chieftains of the assembly:  “At′a·roth+ and Di′bon+ and Ja′zer and Nim′rah+ and Hesh′bon+ and E·le·a′leh+ and Se′bam and Ne′bo+ and Be′on,+  the land that Jehovah defeated+ before the assembly of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.”+  And they went on to say: “If we have found favor in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.”+  Then Moses said to the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben: “Are YOUR brothers to go to war while YOU yourselves keep dwelling here?+  And why should YOU dishearten the sons of Israel from crossing into the land that Jehovah will certainly give them?  That is the way YOUR fathers did+ when I sent them from Ka′desh-bar′ne·a+ to see the land.  When they went up to the torrent valley of Esh′col+ and saw the land, then they disheartened the sons of Israel, so as not to go into the land that Jehovah was certain to give them.+ 10  Consequently Jehovah’s anger blazed on that day so that he swore,+ saying, 11  ‘The men who came up out of Egypt from twenty years old upward+ will not see the soil of which I have sworn* to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,+ because they have not followed me wholly, 12  except Ca′leb+ the son of Je·phun′neh the Ken′iz·zite and Joshua+ the son of Nun, because they have followed Jehovah wholly.’ 13  So Jehovah’s anger blazed against Israel and he made them wander about in the wilderness forty years,+ until all the generation that was doing evil in the eyes of Jehovah came to their end.+ 14  And here YOU have risen in the place of YOUR fathers as the brood of sinful men in order to add further* to the burning anger of Jehovah+ against Israel. 15  In case YOU should turn back from following him,+ he also would certainly once again let them stay longer in the wilderness,+ and YOU would have acted ruinously toward all this people.”+ 16  Later they approached him and said: “Let us build here stone flock pens for our livestock and cities for our little ones. 17  But we ourselves shall go equipped in battle formation+ before the sons of Israel until whenever we have brought them to their place, while our little ones must dwell in the cities with fortifications away from the face of the inhabitants of the land. 18  We shall not return to our houses until the sons of Israel have provided themselves with landed property, each with his own inheritance.+ 19  For we shall not get an inheritance with them from the side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has come to us from the side of the Jordan toward the sunrising.”+ 20  At this Moses said to them: “If YOU will do this thing, if YOU will equip yourselves before Jehovah for the war,+ 21  and every equipped one of YOURS will actually pass over the Jordan before Jehovah, until he drives away his enemies from before him,+ 22  and the land is actually subdued before Jehovah,+ and afterward YOU return,+ YOU also will indeed prove yourselves free from guilt against Jehovah and against Israel; and this land must become YOURS as a possession before Jehovah.+ 23  But if YOU will not do this way, YOU will also certainly sin against Jehovah.+ In that case know that YOUR sin will catch up with YOU.+ 24  Build for yourselves cities for YOUR little ones and stone pens for YOUR flocks, and what has gone forth from YOUR mouth YOU should do.”+ 25  Then the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben said this to Moses: “Your servants will do just as my lord is commanding.+ 26  Our little ones, our wives, our livestock and all our domestic animals will stay there in the cities of Gil′e·ad,+ 27  but your servants will pass over, everyone equipped for the army,+ before Jehovah for the war, just as my lord is speaking.” 28  Accordingly Moses gave a command respecting them to El·e·a′zar the priest and to Joshua the son of Nun and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the sons of Israel. 29  So Moses said to them: “If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben pass with YOU over the Jordan, everyone equipped for the war,+ before Jehovah, and the land is actually subdued before YOU, YOU must then give them the land of Gil′e·ad as a possession.+ 30  But if they do not pass over equipped with YOU,* they must then be settled in YOUR midst in the land of Ca′naan.”+ 31  To this the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben answered, saying: “What Jehovah has spoken to your servants is the way we shall do.+ 32  We ourselves will pass over equipped before Jehovah to the land of Ca′naan,+ and the possession of our inheritance will be with us* on this side of the Jordan.”+ 33  At this Moses gave to them, that is, to the sons of Gad+ and to the sons of Reu′ben+ and to half the tribe of Ma·nas′seh+ the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Si′hon+ the king of the Am′or·ites and the kingdom of Og+ the king of Ba′shan, the land belonging to its cities in the territories, and the cities of the land round about.* 34  And the sons of Gad proceeded to build Di′bon+ and At′a·roth+ and A·ro′er,+ 35  and At′roth-sho′phan and Ja′zer+ and Jog′be·hah,+ 36  and Beth-nim′rah+ and Beth-ha′ran,+ cities with fortifications,+ and stone flock pens.+ 37  And the sons of Reu′ben built Hesh′bon+ and E·le·a′leh+ and Kir·i·a·tha′im,+ 38  and Ne′bo+ and Ba′al-me′on+—their names being changed—and Sib′mah; and they began to call by their own names* the names of the cities that they built. 39  And the sons of Ma′chir+ the son of Ma·nas′seh proceeded to march to Gil′e·ad and to capture it and to drive away the Am′or·ites who were in it. 40  So Moses gave Gil′e·ad to Ma′chir the son of Ma·nas′seh, and he took up dwelling in it.+ 41  And Ja′ir the son of Ma·nas′seh marched and went capturing their tent villages, and he began to call them Hav′voth-ja′ir.+ 42  And No′bah marched and went capturing Ke′nath+ and its dependent towns;* and he began to call it No′bah by his own name.


“Soil that I have promised under oath,” Vg.
“In order to add further,” LXXSyVg; MSam can mean the same.
LXX adds: “for the war before Jehovah, then you will carry across their household stuff [their baggage] and their wives and their cattle ahead of you into the land of Canaan.”
“And the possession of our inheritance will be with us,” M; LXX, “and you give us the possession.” A proposed reading for M is: “and do you give the possession of our inheritance.”
“The land and the cities with its boundaries, cities of the land all around,” LXX; Vg, “and their land with their cities all around.”
“By their own names,” LXXSy; MSam, “by names.”
Lit., “and its daughters.”