Joshua 22 ©
Joshua dismisseth the two tribes and half with a blessing and a share of spoil. On their journey they build the altar of testimony. The other tribes are offended thereat, and send to demand satisfaction. The two tribes and half vindicate their conduct. The deputies are satisfied. Their report satisfieth the people that sent them.
And now the LORD your God dhath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and eget you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.
But ftake diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
And he spake unto them, saying, iReturn with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much *raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
¶And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel out of jShiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go kunto the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
¶And the children of Israel mheard say, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at nthe passage of the children of Israel.
¶And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,
Thus saith the swhole congregation of the LORD, What *trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to tturn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might urebel this day against the LORD?
Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be xunclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the yLORD's *tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among us: but zrebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God.
The dLORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and eIsrael he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
But that it may be a iwitness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might jdo the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.
Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should so say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.
¶And when lPhinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, 3it pleased them.
And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is mamong us, because ye have not committed this *trespass against the LORD: 4now ye have ndelivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.