And now Jehovah your God has given rest to your brothers, as◦ He spoke to them, and now turn· your ·face and go to▵ your tents, to the land of your possession◦ which Moses the servant of Jehovah gave you across the Jordan.
Only take··heed exceedingly to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, to love Jehovah your God, and to walk◦ in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and to stick to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
And to the half tribe◦ of Manasseh Moses had given an inheritance in Bashan; but to its other half Joshua gave an inheritance with their brothers from across the Jordan toward the sea. And when◦ Joshua also sent· them ·away to▵ their tents, then he blessed them.
And he said to▵ them, saying, Return with many stores to▵ your tents, and with very much livestock, with silver, and with gold, and with bronze and with iron, and with very much raiment; part the spoil of your enemies with▵ your brothers.
And the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe◦ of Manasseh returned and went from being with◦ the sons of Israel from Shiloh which is in the land of Canaan, to go to▵ the land of Gilead, to▵ the land of their possession◦, of which they had··possession◦, by◦ the mouth of Jehovah by the hand of Moses.
And they came to▵ the boundaries of the Jordan, that are in the land of Canaan, and the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe◦ of Manasseh built there an altar by◦ the Jordan, a great altar in appearance.
And the sons of Israel heard of it, saying, Behold, the sons of Reuben, and the sons of Gad, and the half tribe◦ of Manasseh have built an altar next··to the land of Canaan, on the boundaries of the Jordan, at▵ the crossing of the sons of Israel.
and ten chiefs with him, one chief, one chief* for the house of a father for all the tribes of Israel; and each··man◦ the head of the house of their fathers were they◦, for the thousands of Israel.
Thus says all the congregation of Jehovah: What trespass is this that you have trespassed against the God of Israel, to turn··back this day from after Jehovah, in your building an altar for yourselves, that you might revolt this day against Jehovah?
Only▵, if the land of your possession◦ be unclean, cross· ye ·over to▵ the land of the possession◦ of Jehovah, which the Habitation of Jehovah inhabits, and take··possession◦ in our midst; and revolt not against◦ Jehovah, and revolt not against us, in your building for yourselves an altar besides the altar of Jehovah our God.
for building an altar for ourselves to turn··back from after Jehovah. And if to offer··up on it a burnt··offering and a gift··offering, and if to make on it sacrifices of peace··offerings, Jehovah Himself◦ will seek it out.
but◦ it◦ shall be a witness between us and you and our generations after us, to serve the service of Jehovah before Him, with our burnt··offerings and with our sacrifices and with our peace-offerings; that your sons may not say to our sons tomorrow, You have no part in Jehovah.
And we said, Then it shall be, when◦ they say so to▵ us or to▵ our generations tomorrow, that we may say, See the shape of the altar of Jehovah which our fathers made, not for burnt··offering, nor for sacrifice; but◦ it◦ is a witness between us and you.
Far··be··it from us that we should revolt against Jehovah, and turn··back this day from after Jehovah to build an altar for burnt··offering, for gift··offering, and for sacrifice, besides the altar of Jehovah our God that is before the Habitation.
And Phinehas the priest, and the chiefs of the congregation, and the heads of the thousands of Israel who were with◦ him, heard the words which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the sons of Manasseh spoke, and it was··good in their eyes.
And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to▵ the sons of Reuben, and to▵ the sons of Gad, and to▵ the sons of Manasseh, Today we know that Jehovah is in our midst, that you have not trespassed this trespass against◦ Jehovah; at··this··time▵ you have rescued the sons of Israel from the hand of Jehovah.
And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the chiefs, returned from the sons of Reuben, and from the sons of Gad, out of the land of Gilead, unto▵ the land of Canaan, to the sons of Israel, and brought them word again.
And the word was··good in the eyes of the sons of Israel; and the sons of Israel blessed God and said that they would not go··up against them with the army to destroy the land in which◦ the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad dwelt.