Numbers 32:16
New International Version
Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children.

New Living Translation
But they approached Moses and said, "We simply want to build pens for our livestock and fortified towns for our wives and children.

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,

Berean Study Bible
Then the Gadites and Reubenites approached Moses and said, “We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our little ones.

New American Standard Bible
Then they came near to him and said, "We will build here sheepfolds 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:

Christian Standard Bible
Then they approached him and said, "We want to build sheep pens here for our livestock and cities for our dependents.

Contemporary English Version
The men from Reuben and Gad replied: Let us build places to keep our sheep and goats, and towns for our wives and children,

Good News Translation
They approached Moses and said, "First, allow us to build stone enclosures here for our sheep and fortified towns for our dependents.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they approached him and said, "We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our dependents.

International Standard Version
Then they approached him and said, "Here's where we're going to build corrals for our cattle and cities for our families,

NET Bible
Then they came very close to him and said, "We will build sheep folds here for our flocks and cities for our families,

New Heart English Bible
They came near to him, and said, "We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the tribes of Gad and Reuben came up to Moses and said, "Allow us to build stone fences for our livestock and cities for our families here.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they came near unto him, and said: 'We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones;

New American Standard 1977
Then they came near to him and said, “We will build here sheepfolds for our livestock and cities for our little ones;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they came near unto him and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our little ones,

King James 2000 Bible
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our flocks, and cities for our little ones:

American King James Version
And they came near to 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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they came to him, and said, We will build here folds for our cattle, and cities for our possessions;

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

Darby Bible Translation
And they drew near to him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones;

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:

World English Bible
They came near to him, and said, "We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones:

Young's Literal Translation
And they come nigh unto him, and say, 'Folds for the flock we build for our cattle here, and cities for our infants;
Study Bible
The Tribes East of the Jordan
15For if you turn away from following Him, He will once again leave this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction.” 16Then the Gadites and Reubenites approached Moses and said, “We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our little ones. 17But we will arm ourselves and be ready to go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them into their place. Meanwhile, our little ones will remain in the fortified cities for protection from the inhabitants of the land.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:14
Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the sheepfolds.

Numbers 32:15
For if you turn away from following Him, He will once again leave this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction."

Numbers 32:17
But we will arm ourselves and be ready to go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them into their place. Meanwhile, our little ones will remain in the fortified cities for protection from the inhabitants of the land.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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

Genesis 33:17
And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.







Lexicon
Then [the Gadites and Reubenites] approached
וַיִּגְּשׁ֤וּ (way·yig·gə·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5066: To draw near, approach

[Moses]
אֵלָיו֙ (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

and said,
וַ֣יֹּאמְר֔וּ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“We want to build
נִבְנֶ֥ה (niḇ·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

sheepfolds
גִּדְרֹ֥ת (giḏ·rōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1448: Enclosure

here
פֹּ֑ה (pōh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6311: This place, here

for our livestock
לְמִקְנֵ֖נוּ (lə·miq·nê·nū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4735: Something bought, property, livestock, acquisition

and cities
וְעָרִ֖ים (wə·‘ā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

for our little ones.
לְטַפֵּֽנוּ׃ (lə·ṭap·pê·nū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2945: A family
(16) We will build sheepfolds . . . --The sheepfolds were commonly constructed of loose stones piled up on one another.

And cities for our little ones.--The word which is rendered "build" often means to "build up" or "repair," and it probably has that meaning in this place, as applied to the cities. (See Numbers 32:26.)

Verse 16. - Sheep-folds. גִּדְרֹת צֹאן. These were rude enclosures built of loose stones piled on one another, into which the flocks were driven at night for safety. 32:16-27 Here is the good effect of plain dealing. Moses, by showing their sin, and the danger of it, brought them to their duty, without murmuring or disputing. All men ought to consider the interests of others as well as their own; the law of love requires us to labour, venture, or suffer for each other as there may be occasion. They propose that their men of war should go ready armed before the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, and that they should not return till the conquest of Canaan was ended. Moses grants their request, but he warns them of the danger of breaking their word. If you fail, you sin against the Lord, and not against your brethren only; God will certainly reckon with you for it. Be sure your sin will find you out. Sin will surely find out the sinner sooner or later. It concerns us now to find our sins out, that we may repent of them, and forsake them, lest they find us out to our ruin.
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