Numbers 32:16
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English Standard Version
Then they came near to him and said, “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones,

King James Bible
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

American Standard Version
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they coming near, said: We will make sheepfolds, and stalls for our cattle, and strong cities for our children :

English Revised Version
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they came near to him, and said, We will build sheep-folds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Moses first of all blames their want of brotherly feeling: "Shall your brethren go into the war, and ye sit here?" He then calls their attention to the fact, that by their disinclination they would take away the courage and inclination of the other tribes to cross over the Jordan and conquer the land, and would bring the wrath of God upon Israel even more than their fathers who were sent from Kadesh to spy out the land, and who led away the heart of the people into rebellion through their unfavourable account of the inhabitants of Canaan, and brought so severe a judgment upon the congregation. מן את־לב הניא, to hold away the heart, i.e., render a person averse to anything. The Keri תּניאוּן, as in Numbers 32:9, is unquestionably to be preferred to the Kal תּנוּאוּן, in the Kethib of Numbers 32:7. - In Numbers 32:8-13, Moses reminds them of the occurrences described in ch. 13 and 14. On the expression, "wholly followed Jehovah," cf. Numbers 14:24. The words, "He drove them about in the desert," caused them to wander backwards and forwards in it for forty years, point back to Numbers 14:33-35.

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This proposal was very equitable, and it was honestly made and faithfully executed; though it did not imply that all men capable of bearing arms should go, and so leave their families and possessions defenceless, but only a sufficient detachment of them. Among the inhabitants of the land were the Ammonites, Moabites, Idumeans, and the remains of the Midianites and Amorites; and as it was impossible for the women and children to keep the defenced cities, when placed in them, many of the men of war must of course stay behind. In the last census, the tribe of Reuben consisted of

43,730 men; the tribe of Gad

40,500; and the tribe of Manasseh

52,700; the half of which is

26,350; which together amount to

110,580. Now from

Joshua 4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD to battle, to the plains of Jericho.

we learn, that of these tribes only

40,000 armed men passed over Jordan to assist their brethren; consequently

70,580 men were left behind for the defence of the women, the children, and the flocks; which was amply sufficient for this purpose.

Genesis 34:22 Only herein will the men consent to us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised...

Genesis 33:17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle...

Cross References
Genesis 49:14
"Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.

Numbers 32:15
For if you turn away from following him, he will again abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all this people."

Numbers 32:17
but we will take up arms, ready to go before the people of Israel, until we have brought them to their place. And our little ones shall live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.

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