Numbers 32:23
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English Standard Version
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.

King James Bible
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

American Standard Version
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against Jehovah; and be sure your sin will find you out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you do not what you say, no man can doubt but you sin against God: and know ye, that your sin shall overtake you.

English Revised Version
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The persons thus reproved came near to Moses, and replied, "We will build sheep-folds here for our flocks, and towns for our children; but we will equip ourselves hastily (חשׁים, part. pass. hasting) before the children of Israel, till we bring them to their place" (i.e., to Canaan). צאן גּדרת, folds or pens for flocks, that were built of stones piled up one upon another (1 Samuel 24:4).

(Note: According to Wetstein (Reiseber. p. 29), it is a regular custom with the nomads in Leja, to surround every place, where they pitch their tents, with a Sira, i.e., with an enclosure of stones about the height of a man, that the flocks may not be scattered in the night, and that they may know at once, from the noise made by the falling of the smaller stones which are laid at the top, if a wolf attempts to enter the enclosure during the night.)

By the building of towns, we are to understand the rebuilding and fortification of them. טף, the children, including the women, and such other defenceless members of the family as were in need of protection (see at Exodus 12:37). When their families were secured in fortified towns against the inhabitants of the land, the men who could bear arms would not return to their houses till the children of Israel, i.e., the rest of the tribes, had all received their inheritance: for they did not wish for an inheritance on the other side of Jordan and farther on, if (כּי) their inheritance was assigned them on this side Jordan towards the east. The application of the expression היּרדּן מעבר to the land on the east of the Jordan, as well as to that on the west, points to a time when the Israelites had not yet obtained a firm footing in Canaan. At that time the land to the west of the river could very naturally be spoken of as "beyond the Jordan," from the subjective stand-point of the historian, who was then on the east of the river; whereas, according to the objective and geographical usage, the land "beyond Jordan" signifies the country to the east of the river. But in order to prevent misunderstanding, in this particular instance the expression היּרדּן עבר is defined more precisely as מזרחה, "towards the east," when it is intended to apply to the land on the east of the Jordan.

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if ye will

Leviticus 26:14 But if you will not listen to me, and will not do all these commandments;

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of the LORD your God...

be sure your sin. If the persons concerning prevaricated, and so imposed on men, or if they afterwards refused to fulfil their engagement, God would most certainly detect and expose their wickedness, and inflict condign punishment upon them. Of all the ways, says Dr. South, to be taken for the prevention of that great plague of mankind, Sin, there is none so rational and efficacious as to confute and baffle those motives by which men are induced to embrace it; and among all such motives, the heart of man seems to be chiefly overpowered and prevailed upon by two, viz. secrecy in committing sin, and impunity with respect to its consequences. Accordingly, Moses, in this chapter, having to deal with a company of men suspected of a base and fraudulent design, though couched under a very fair pretence, as most such designs are, endeavours to quash it in its very conception, by secretly applying himself to encounter those secret motives and arguments, which he knew were the most likely to encourage them in it. And this he does very briefly, but effectually, by assuring them, that how covertly and artificially soever they might carry on their dark project, yet their sin would infallibly find them out. Though the subject and occasion of these words are indeed particular, yet the design of them is manifestly of an universal import, as reaching the case of all transgressors, in their first entrance on any sinful act or course.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire...

Genesis 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?...

Psalm 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

Psalm 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Isaiah 59:1,2,12 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear...

Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man that does evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness...

Cross References
Genesis 4:7
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it."

Genesis 13:13
Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.

Genesis 44:16
And Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how can we clear ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants; behold, we are my lord's servants, both we and he also in whose hand the cup has been found."

Joshua 7:18
And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

Proverbs 5:22
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

Isaiah 59:12
For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities:

Jonah 1:7
And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

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