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Family Groups East of the Jordan River

32 The family groups of Reuben and Gad had many, many cows. Those people looked at the land near Jazer and Gilead. They saw that this land was good for their cows. 2So the people from the family groups of Reuben and Gad came to Moses. They spoke to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the people. 3–4They said, “We, your servants, have many, many cows. And the land that we have fought against is a good land for cows. This land includes the area around Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sibmah,* Nebo, and Beon. 5If it pleases you, we would like this land to be given to us. Don’t take us to the other side of the Jordan River.” 6Moses told the people from the family groups of Reuben and Gad, “Will you let your brothers go and fight while you settle here? 7Why are you trying to discourage the people of Israel? You will make them not want to cross the river and take the land that the Lord has given to them! 8Your fathers did the same thing to me. In Kadesh Barnea I sent spies to look at the land. 9Those men went as far as Eshcol Valley. They saw the land. And those men discouraged the people of Israel. Those men made the people of Israel not want to go into the land that the Lord had given to them. 10The Lord became very angry at the people. The Lord made this promise: 11‘None of the people who came from Egypt and are 20 years old or older will be allowed to see this land. I made a promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I promised to give this land to these people. But they have not truly followed me. {So they will not get this land}. 12Only Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun truly followed the Lord!’ 13“The Lord was very angry against the people of Israel. So the Lord made the people stay in the desert for 40 years. The Lord made them stay there until all the people who had sinned against the Lord were dead. 14And now you are doing the same thing that your fathers did. You sinful people, do you want the Lord to be even more angry against his people? 15If you quit following the Lord, then the Lord will make Israel stay even longer in the desert. Then you will destroy all of these people!” 16But the people {from Reuben’s and Gad’s family groups} went to Moses. They said, “We will build cities for our children and barns for our animals here. 17Then our children can be safe from the other people that live in this land. But we will gladly come and help the other people of Israel. We will bring them to their land. 18We will not come back home until everyone in Israel has taken his part of the land. 19We won’t take any of the land west of the Jordan River. No! Our part of the land is east of the Jordan River.” 20So Moses told them, “If you do all of these things, then this land will belong to you. But your soldiers must go before the Lord into battle. 21Your soldiers must cross the Jordan River and force the enemy to leave the country. 22After the Lord helps us all take the land, then you can go back home. Then the Lord and Israel will not think that you are guilty. Then the Lord will let you have this land. 23But if you don’t do these things, then you will be sinning against the Lord. And know for sure that you will be punished for your sin. 24Build cities for your children and barns for your animals. But then, you must do what you promised.” 25Then the people from the family groups of Gad and Reuben said to Moses, “We are your servants. You are our master. So we will do what you say. 26Our wives, children, and all our animals will stay in the Gilead cities. 27But we, your servants, will cross {the Jordan River}. We will march before the Lord into battle, like our master says.” 28So Moses, Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and all the leaders of the family groups of Israel heard them make that promise. 29Moses said to them, “The people of Gad and Reuben will cross {the Jordan River}. They will march before the Lord into battle. They will help you take the land. And you will give the land of Gilead as their part of the country. 30They promise to help you take the land of Canaan.” 31The people of Gad and Reuben answered, “We promise to do what the Lord commanded. 32We will cross {the Jordan River} and march before the Lord into the land of Canaan. And our part of the country is the land east of the Jordan River.” 33So Moses gave that land to the people of Gad, to the people of Reuben, and to half of Manasseh’s family group. (Manasseh was Joseph’s son.) That land included the kingdom of Sihon the Amorite and the kingdom of Og, king of Bashan. That land included all the cities around that area. 34The people of Gad built the cities of Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, 35Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, 36Beth Nimrah, and Beth Haran. They built cities with strong walls, and they built barns for their animals. 37The people of Reuben built Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim, 38Nebo, Baal Meon, and Sibmah. They used the names of the cities that they built again. But they changed the names of Nebo and Baal Meon. 39People from Makir’s family group, went to Gilead. (Makir was Manasseh’s son.) They defeated the city. They defeated the Amorites that lived there. 40So Moses gave Gilead to Makir from Manasseh’s family group. So his family settled there. 41Jair, from the family of Manasseh, defeated the small towns there. Then he called them Towns of Jair. 42Nobah defeated Kenath and the small towns near it. Then he called that place by his own name.

Sibmah Or, “Sebam.”

Israel’s Journey from Egypt

33 Moses and Aaron led the people of Israel out of Egypt in groups.* Here are the places they traveled. 2Moses wrote about the places they traveled. Moses wrote the things that the Lord wanted. Here are the places they traveled and when they left: 3On the 15th day of the first month, they left Rameses. That morning after Passover, the people of Israel marched out of Egypt with their arms raised {in victory}. All the people of Egypt saw them. 4The Egyptians were burying all of the people that the Lord killed. They were burying all of their firstborn* {sons}. The Lord had shown his judgment against the gods* of Egypt. 5The people of Israel left Rameses and traveled to Succoth. 6From Succoth they traveled to Etham. The people camped there at the edge of the desert. 7They left Etham and went to Pi Hahiroth. This was near Baal Zephon. The people camped near Migdol. 8The people left Pi Hahiroth and walked through the middle of the sea. They went toward the desert. Then they traveled for three days through the Etham desert. The people camped at Marah. 9The people left Marah and went to Elim and camped there. There were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees there. 10The people left Elim and camped near the Red Sea.* 11The people left the Red Sea* and camped in the Zin desert. 12The people left the Zin desert and camped at Dophkah. 13The people left Dophkah and camped at Alush. 14The people left Alush and camped at Rephidim. At that place, there was no water for the people to drink. 15The people left Rephidim and camped in the Sinai desert. 16The people left the Sinai desert and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah. 17The people left Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth. 18The people left Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah. 19The people left Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez. 20The people left Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah. 21The people left Libnah and camped at Rissah. 22The people left Rissah and camped at Kehelathah. 23The people left Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher. 24The people left Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah. 25The people left Haradah and camped at Makheloth. 26The people left Makheloth and camped at Tahath. 27The people left Tahath and camped at Terah. 28The people left Terah and camped at Mithcah. 29The people left Mithcah and camped at Hashmonah. 30The people left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth. 31The people left Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan. 32The people left Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Haggidgad. 33The people left Hor Haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah. 34The people left Jotbathah and camped at Abronah. 35The people left Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber. 36The people left Ezion Geber and camped at Kadesh, in the Zin desert. 37The people left Kadesh and camped at Hor. This was the mountain at the border of the country Edom. 38Aaron the priest obeyed the Lord and went up Mount Hor. Aaron died at that place. Aaron died on the first day of the fifth month. That was the 40th year after the people of Israel had left Egypt. 39Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor. 40Arad was a town in the Negev,* in the land of Canaan. The Canaanite king in that place heard that the people of Israel were coming. 41The people left Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah. 42The people left Zalmonah and camped at Punon. 43The people left Punon and camped at Oboth. 44The people left Oboth and camped at Iye Abarim. This was at the border of the country Moab. 45The people left Iyim (Iye Abarim) and camped at Dibon Gad. 46The people left Dibon Gad and camped at Almon Diblathaim. 47The people left Almon Diblathaim and camped on the mountains of Abarim near Nebo. 48The people left the mountains of Abarim and camped in the Jordan Valley in Moab. This was near the Jordan River across from Jericho. 49They camped by the Jordan River in the Jordan Valley in Moab. Their camp went from Beth Jeshimoth to Acacia Field. 50At that place, the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, 51“Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them these things: You will cross the Jordan River. You will go into the land of Canaan. 52You will take the land from the people you find there. You must destroy all of their carved statues and idols. You must destroy all of their high places.* 53You will take the land and you will settle there. Why? Because I am giving this land to you. It will belong to your families. 54Each of your families will get part of the land. You will throw lots* to decide which family gets each part of the country. Large families will get large parts of the land. Small families will get small parts of the land. The lots will show which family gets which part of the land. Each family group will get its part of the land. 55“You must force those other people to leave the country. If you let those people stay in your country, then they will bring many troubles to you. They will be like stickers in your eyes and they will be like thorns in your side. They will bring many troubles to the country where you will be living. 56I showed you what I would do—and I will do that to you {if you let those people stay in your country}.”

group(s) Or, “division(s).” This is a military term that shows Israel was organized like an army. firstborn The first child born into a family. The firstborn son was very important in ancient times. gods This might be the false gods of Egypt or here it might mean the king and other powerful leaders in Egypt. Red Sea Or, “Reed Sea.” See 1 Kings 9:26. Negev The desert area south of Judah. high places Places for worshiping God or false gods. These places were usually on the hills and mountains. lots Sticks, stones, or pieces of bone used like dice for making decisions. See Proverbs 16:33.

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