32 The tribes of Reuben and Gad had very large herds and flocks. They looked at the lands of Jazer and Gilead. They saw that those lands were just right for livestock.
2So they came to Moses and the priest Eleazar. They also came to the leaders of the community. They said, 3“We have seen the cities of Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah and Heshbon. We’ve seen Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon. 4All of them are in the land the Lord has brought under Israel’s control. This land is just right for livestock. And we have livestock.
6Moses spoke to the people of Gad and Reuben. He said, “Should the rest of us go to war while you stay here? 7The Lord has given the land of Canaan to the people of Israel. So why would you want to keep them from going over into it?
8“That’s what your fathers did. I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to check out the land. 9They went up to the Valley of Eshcol and looked at the land. Then they talked the people of Israel out of entering the land the Lord had given them.
10“The Lord’s anger was stirred up that day. So he took an oath and made a promise. He said, 11‘Not one of the men who is 20 years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land. They have not followed me with their whole heart. I took an oath and promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
12“ ‘But not one of these men will see it except Caleb and Joshua. Caleb is the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite. And Joshua is the son of Nun. They will see the land. They followed me with their whole heart.’
14“Now here you are, you bunch of sinners! You have taken the place of your fathers. And you are making the Lord even more angry with Israel. 15What if you turn away from following him? Then he’ll leave all of these people in the desert again. And it will be your fault when they are destroyed.”
17“But we’re ready to prepare ourselves for battle. We’re even ready to go ahead of the people of Israel. We’ll go with them until we’ve brought them to their place. While we’re gone, our women and children will live in cities that have high walls around them. That will keep them safe from the people who are living in this land.
20Then Moses said to them, “Do what you have promised to do. Prepare yourselves to fight for the Lord. 21Prepare yourselves and go across the Jordan River. Fight for the Lord until he has driven out his enemies in front of him.
25The people of Gad and Reuben spoke to Moses. They said, “We will do just as you command. 26Our children and wives will remain here in the cities of Gilead. So will our flocks and herds. 27But we will prepare ourselves for battle. We’ll go across the Jordan River and fight for the Lord. We will do just as you have said.”
29He said, “The men of Gad and Reuben must prepare themselves for battle. They must go across the Jordan River with you. They must help you fight for the Lord. They must stay with you until the land has been brought under your control. If they do, give them the land of Gilead as their own.
31The people of Gad and Reuben gave their answer. They said, “We will do what the Lord has said. 32We’ll get ready for battle. We’ll go across the Jordan into Canaan. We’ll fight for the Lord there. But the property we receive will be on this side of the Jordan River.”
33Then Moses gave their land to them. He gave it to the tribes of Gad and Reuben and half of the tribe of Manasseh. Manasseh was Joseph’s son. One part of that land had belonged to the kingdom of Sihon, the king of the Amorites. The other part had belonged to the kingdom of Og, the king of Bashan. Moses gave that whole land to those two and a half tribes. It included its cities and the territory around them.
34The people of Gad built up the cities of Dibon, Ataroth and Aroer. 35They built up Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, 36Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran. They built a high wall around each of those cities. They also built sheep pens for their flocks.
39The people of Makir, the son of Manasseh, went to the land of Gilead. They captured it. They drove out the Amorites who were living there. 40So Moses gave Gilead to the people of Makir, the son of Manasseh. And they settled there. 41Jair was a man in the family line of Manasseh. Jair captured Gilead’s settlements. He called them Havvoth Jair. 42Nobah captured Kenath and the settlements that were around it. He named it after himself.