Numbers 32:42
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New International Version
And Nobah captured Kenath and its surrounding settlements and called it Nobah after himself.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, a man named Nobah captured the town of Kenath and its surrounding villages, and he renamed that area Nobah after himself.

English Standard Version
And Nobah went and captured Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

New American Standard Bible
Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah after his own name.

King James Bible
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nobah went and captured Kenath with its villages and called it Nobah after his own name.

International Standard Version
Nobah captured Kenath and its towns and renamed it Nobah after himself.

NET Bible
Then Nobah went and captured Kenath and its villages and called it Nobah after his own name.

New Heart English Bible
Nobah went and took Kenath, and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nobah captured Kenath and its villages. He named it Nobah after himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

New American Standard 1977
And Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah after his own name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Likewise Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages and called it Nobah, after his own name.

King James 2000 Bible
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

American King James Version
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

American Standard Version
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nobe also went, and took Canath with the villages thereof: and he called it by his own name, Nobe.

Darby Bible Translation
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and its dependent villages, and called it Nobah, after his name.

English Revised Version
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Nobah went and took Kenath, and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

World English Bible
Nobah went and took Kenath, and its villages, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Young's Literal Translation
and Nobah hath gone and captureth Kenath, and its villages, and calleth it Nobah, by his own name.
Study Bible
Reuben and Gad Settle in Gilead
41Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its towns, and called them Havvoth-jair. 42Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah after his own name.
Cross References
2 Samuel 18:18
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself a pillar which is in the King's Valley, for he said, "I have no son to preserve my name." So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.

Psalm 49:11
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.
Treasury of Scripture

And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Verse 42. - Nobah. As this chieftain is nowhere else named, we may probably conclude that he was one of the companions of Jair, holding a position more or less subordinate to him. Kenath. The modern Kenawat, on the western slope of the Jebel Hauran, the most easterly point ever occupied by the Israelites. It is apparently the Nobah mentioned in Judges 8:11, but it has reverted (like so many others) to its old name. In spite of the uncertainties which hang over the conquest of this north-eastern territory, there is something very characteristic in the part played by the Machirite leaders. That they acted with an independent vigour bordering on audacity, that they showed great personal prowess, and had great personal authority with the humbler members of their family, and held something like the position of feudal superiors among them, is evident from the way in which they are spoken cf. And this is quite in keeping with the character of the Manassites in after times. The "governors" who came at the call of Barak, Gideon, the greatest of the warrior-judges, and probably Jephthah also ("the Gileadite"), as well as the younger Jail maintained the warlike and impetuous character of their race. If "Elijah the Tishbite" was really from this region (although this is extremely doubtful), we should find in him the characteristic daring and self-reliance of Machir transmuted into their spiritual equivalents.



And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof,.... Who this Nobah was is not certain, very probably a descendant of Manasseh; it is said (u) he was among those that were born in Egypt, and died after the death of Moses, and was buried beyond Jordan, as it is said, also did Machir and Jair, so that there were none left but Caleb, and Joshua:

and called it Nobah, after his name; but it seems that in later times its ancient name was restored to it; for Jerom (w), says there was a village in Arabia, called Cannatha, which is supposed to be this place; though he also tells us (x), that eight miles from Heshbon; to the south, is shown a desert place called Naba. Pliny (y) places Cannatha in the Decapolis.

(u) Seder Olam Rabba, c. 9. p. 27. (w) Ut supra. (De loc. Heb. fol. 89. M.) (x) De loc. Heb. fol. 93. H. (y) Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 18. 42. Nobah—also a distinguished person connected with the eastern branch of the tribe of Manasseh. 32:28-42 Concerning the settlement of these tribes, observe, that they built the cities, that is, repaired them. They changed the names of them; probably they were idolatrous, therefore they should be forgotten. A spirit of selfishness, of seeking our own, not the things of Christ, when each one ought to assist others, is as dangerous as it is common. It is impossible to be sincere in the faith, sensible of the goodness of God, constrained by the love of Christ, sanctified by the power of the Holy Ghost, and yet be indifferent to the progress of religion, and the spiritual success of others, through love of ease, or fear of conflict. Let then your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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