Thursday, August 3, 2017

Joshua 22

I am sure I have read this before and equally sure that I got next to nothing from it.

This is religious politics continuing a process that began before the initial crossing of the Jordan. I know also that many people and institutions explained to me just how important it is to conform to religious practice - because any non-conformity affects the whole body. It's not the only place in Scripture where this principle is noted. Social control and common access to the gates of heaven are the issues of religion. There's something odd about the implications of this aspect of religious control of the world. Certainly there are important functions in social control. We must learn to live together or we will not live. And the whole problem of agreed governance and appropriate institutions to manage our disagreements is evident before us every day in the news. We are somewhat ungovernable in the face of both heaven and earth.

So Joshua begins with commendation of the 2.5 bands (sceptres), Reuben, Gad and Manasseh but then quickly moves to the outrage by the western groups led by the priest that they erected an altar where they crossed the Jordan. But the bands east of the Jordan defend themselves by appealing to the tendency to separation that subsequent generations might have. Does this justify a multiplicity of religious practices? Interesting to me that the bands across the Jordan to the east are said to have delivered their children from Yahweh by their arguments. Note that האלהים occurs only once and that in the final verse.

This ante-penultimate chapter reflects a number of phrases in chapter 1. We can sense the onset of the final cadences. (But whether Joshua is a symphony remains to be heard.)

Joshua 22 Fn Min Max Syll
אָ֚ז יִקְרָ֣א יְהוֹשֻׁ֔עַ לָרֽאוּבֵנִ֖י וְלַגָּדִ֑י
וְלַחֲצִ֖י מַטֵּ֥ה מְנַשֶּֽׁה
1 C Then Joshua called to the Reubenites and to the Gadites,
and to the half branch of Manasseh.
3e 4C 15
9
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֲלֵיהֶ֔ם אַתֶּ֣ם שְׁמַרְתֶּ֔ם אֵ֚ת כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֣ר צִוָּ֣ה אֶתְכֶ֔ם מֹשֶׁ֖ה עֶ֣בֶד יְהוָ֑ה
וַתִּשְׁמְע֣וּ בְקוֹלִ֔י לְכֹ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוִּ֖יתִי אֶתְכֶֽם
2 And he said to them, You, you have kept all that Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded you,
and you have heard with my voice in all that I commanded you.
3e 4C 25
16
לֹֽא־עֲזַבְתֶּ֣ם אֶת־אֲחֵיכֶ֗ם זֶ֚ה יָמִ֣ים רַבִּ֔ים עַ֖ד הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֑ה
וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֕ם אֶת־מִשְׁמֶ֕רֶת מִצְוַ֖ת יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם
3 You have not forsaken your kin these many days to this day,
and you keep the watch of the commandments of Yahweh your God.
3e 4C 17
15
וְעַתָּ֗ה הֵנִ֨יחַ יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ לַֽאֲחֵיכֶ֔ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֣ר לָהֶ֑ם
וְעַתָּ֡ה פְּנוּ֩ וּלְכ֨וּ לָכֶ֜ם לְאָהֳלֵיכֶ֗ם אֶל־אֶ֙רֶץ֙ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֣ר ׀ נָתַ֣ן לָכֶ֗ם מֹשֶׁה֙ עֶ֣בֶד יְהוָ֔ה בְּעֵ֖בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּֽן
4 And now Yahweh your God has given rest to your kin as he spoke to them,
so now face about and go yourselves to your tents to the land of your holdings that Moses the servant of Yahweh gave to you across the Jordan.
3e 4C 23
39
רַ֣ק ׀ שִׁמְר֣וּ מְאֹ֗ד לַעֲשׂ֨וֹת אֶת־הַמִּצְוָ֣ה וְאֶת־הַתּוֹרָה֮ אֲשֶׁ֣ר צִוָּ֣ה אֶתְכֶם֮ מֹשֶׁ֣ה עֶֽבֶד־יְהוָה֒ לְ֠אַהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֜ם וְלָלֶ֧כֶת בְּכָל־דְּרָכָ֛יו וְלִשְׁמֹ֥ר מִצְוֺתָ֖יו וּלְדָבְקָה־ב֑וֹ
וּלְעָבְד֕וֹ בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶ֖ם וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁכֶֽם
5 B But keep in full to do the commandment and the instruction that Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded you, to love Yahweh your God and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to follow closely in him,
and to serve him with all your heart and with all your being.
3c 4B 59
13
וַֽיְבָרְכֵ֖ם יְהוֹשֻׁ֑עַ
וַֽיְשַׁלְּחֵ֔ם וַיֵּלְכ֖וּ אֶל־אָהֳלֵיהֶֽם
6 And Joshua blessed them,
then he sent them away, and they went to their tents.
3e 4A 7
11
וְלַחֲצִ֣י ׀ שֵׁ֣בֶט הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֗ה נָתַ֣ן מֹשֶׁה֮ בַּבָּשָׁן֒ וּלְחֶצְי֗וֹ נָתַ֤ן יְהוֹשֻׁ֙עַ֙ עִם־אֲחֵיהֶ֔ם בְּעֵ֥בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֖ן יָ֑מָּה
וְ֠גַם כִּ֣י שִׁלְּחָ֧ם יְהוֹשֻׁ֛עַ אֶל־אָהֳלֵיהֶ֖ם וַיְבָרֲכֵֽם
7 And to half the band of Manasseh, Moses had assigned Bashan, and to the other half Joshua gave with their kin across the Jordan seaward,
and also when Joshua sent them off to their tents, he blessed them.
3c 4C 37
18
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֲלֵיהֶ֜ם לֵאמֹ֗ר בִּנְכָסִ֨ים רַבִּ֜ים שׁ֤וּבוּ אֶל־אָֽהֳלֵיכֶם֙ וּבְמִקְנֶ֣ה רַב־מְאֹ֔ד בְּכֶ֨סֶף וּבְזָהָ֜ב וּבִנְחֹ֧שֶׁת וּבְבַרְזֶ֛ל וּבִשְׂלָמ֖וֹת הַרְבֵּ֣ה מְאֹ֑ד
חִלְק֥וּ שְׁלַל־אֹיְבֵיכֶ֖ם עִם־אֲחֵיכֶֽם
8 And he said to them, saying, With material abundant wealth, return to your tents and with very abundant livestock, with silver and with gold and with brass and with iron, and with very abundant apparel,
divide the spoil of your enemies with your kin.
3c 4C 47
11
וַיָּשֻׁ֣בוּ וַיֵּלְכ֡וּ בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֨ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֜ד וַחֲצִ֣י ׀ שֵׁ֣בֶט הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֗ה מֵאֵת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מִשִּׁלֹ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר בְּאֶֽרֶץ־כְּנָ֑עַן
לָלֶ֜כֶת אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ הַגִּלְעָ֗ד אֶל־אֶ֤רֶץ אֲחֻזָּתָם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר נֹֽאחֲזוּ־בָ֔הּ עַל־פִּ֥י יְהוָ֖ה בְּיַד־מֹשֶֽׁה
9 And they returned and they went, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half band of Manasseh, from the children of Israel, from Shiloh that is in the land of Canaan,
to walk to the land of the Gilead, to the land of their holdings that they held in it, at the mandate of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.
3e 4C 41
30
וַיָּבֹ֙אוּ֙ אֶל־גְּלִיל֣וֹת הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן אֲשֶׁ֖ר בְּאֶ֣רֶץ כְּנָ֑עַן
וַיִּבְנ֣וּ בְנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֣ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֡ד וַחֲצִ֣י שֵׁבֶט֩ הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֨ה שָׁ֤ם מִזְבֵּ֙חַ֙ עַל־הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן מִזְבֵּ֥חַ גָּד֖וֹל לְמַרְאֶֽה
10 And they came to the bounds of the Jordan, (that is in the land of Canaan),
and the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half band of Manasseh built there an altar at the Jordan, a great altar to see.
3e 4C 18
35
וַיִּשְׁמְע֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר
הִנֵּ֣ה בָנ֣וּ בְנֵֽי־רְאוּבֵ֣ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֡ד וַחֲצִי֩ שֵׁ֨בֶט הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֜ה אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּ֗חַ אֶל־מוּל֙ אֶ֣רֶץ כְּנַ֔עַן אֶל־גְּלִילוֹת֙ הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן אֶל־עֵ֖בֶר בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
11 And the children of Israel heard say,
Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half band of Manasseh built the altar to be in the forefront of the land of Canaan, at the bounds of the Jordan, at the cross over of the children of Israel.
3e 4B 11
47
וַֽיִּשְׁמְע֖וּ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
וַיִּקָּ֨הֲל֜וּ כָּל־עֲדַ֤ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ שִׁלֹ֔ה לַעֲל֥וֹת עֲלֵיהֶ֖ם לַצָּבָֽא
12 When the children of Israel heard,
all the assembly of the children of Israel was convened at Shiloh to go up against them as a host.
3e 4C 9
24
וַיִּשְׁלְח֨וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֜ל אֶל־בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֧ן וְאֶל־בְּנֵי־גָ֛ד וְאֶל־חֲצִ֥י שֵֽׁבֶט־מְנַשֶּׁ֖ה אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ הַגִּלְעָ֑ד
אֶת־פִּינְחָ֖ס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָ֥ר הַכֹּהֵֽן
13 And the children of Israel sent to the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad and to the half band of Manasseh to the land of the Gilead,
Phineas, child of Eleazar the priest.
3c 4B 35
10
וַעֲשָׂרָ֤ה נְשִׂאִים֙ עִמּ֔וֹ נָשִׂ֨יא אֶחָ֜ד נָשִׂ֤יא אֶחָד֙ לְבֵ֣ית אָ֔ב לְכֹ֖ל מַטּ֣וֹת יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
וְאִ֨ישׁ רֹ֧אשׁ בֵּית־אֲבוֹתָ֛ם הֵ֖מָּה לְאַלְפֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
14 And ten principals with him, one principal, one principal per ancestral house for all the branches of Israel,
and each the head of the house of their ancestors themselves, to the thousands of Israel.
3c 4C 27
15
וַיָּבֹ֜אוּ אֶל־בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֧ן וְאֶל־בְּנֵי־גָ֛ד וְאֶל־חֲצִ֥י שֵֽׁבֶט־מְנַשֶּׁ֖ה אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ הַגִּלְעָ֑ד
וַיְדַבְּר֥וּ אִתָּ֖ם לֵאמֹֽר
15 And they came to the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad and to the half band of Manasseh to the land of the Gilead,
and they spoke to them, saying.
3c 4B 29
7
כֹּ֣ה אָמְר֞וּ כֹּ֣ל ׀ עֲדַ֣ת יְהוָ֗ה מָֽה־הַמַּ֤עַל הַזֶּה֙ אֲשֶׁ֤ר מְעַלְתֶּם֙ בֵּאלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל לָשׁ֣וּב הַיּ֔וֹם מֵאַחֲרֵ֖י יְהוָ֑ה
בִּבְנֽוֹתְכֶ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִזְבֵּ֔חַ לִמְרָדְכֶ֥ם הַיּ֖וֹם בַּיהוָֽה
16 B Thus says all the assembly of Yahweh, What is this trespass that you have trespassed against the God of Israel to turn today from following Yahweh,
by building for yourselves an altar, to mutiny today against Yahweh?
3e 4C 35
15
הַמְעַט־לָ֙נוּ֙ אֶת־עֲוֺ֣ן פְּע֔וֹר אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹֽא־הִטַּהַ֙רְנוּ֙ מִמֶּ֔נּוּ עַ֖ד הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֑ה
וַיְהִ֥י הַנֶּ֖גֶף בַּעֲדַ֥ת יְהוָֽה
17 Was it insignificant for us, the iniquity of Peor from which we are not cleansed to this day?
And there was the plague in the assembly of Yahweh.
3e 4C 23
10
וְאַתֶּם֙ תָּשֻׁ֣בוּ הַיּ֔וֹם מֵאַחֲרֵ֖י יְהוָ֑ה
וְהָיָ֗ה אַתֶּ֞ם תִּמְרְד֤וּ הַיּוֹם֙ בַּֽיהוָ֔ה וּמָחָ֕ר אֶֽל־כָּל־עֲדַ֥ת יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל יִקְצֹֽף
18 But you, you turn today from following Yahweh,
and it is you, you mutiny today against Yahweh, and tomorrow, at all the assembly of Israel, he will rage.
3e 4C 14
24
וְאַ֨ךְ אִם־טְמֵאָ֜ה אֶ֣רֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶ֗ם עִבְר֨וּ לָכֶ֜ם אֶל־אֶ֨רֶץ אֲחֻזַּ֤ת יְהוָה֙ אֲשֶׁ֤ר שָֽׁכַן־שָׁם֙ מִשְׁכַּ֣ן יְהוָ֔ה וְהֵאָחֲז֖וּ בְּתוֹכֵ֑נוּ
וּבַֽיהוָ֣ה אַל־תִּמְרֹ֗דוּ וְאֹתָ֙נוּ֙ אֶל־תִּמְרֹ֔דוּ בִּבְנֹֽתְכֶ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִזְבֵּ֔חַ מִֽבַּלְעֲדֵ֔י מִזְבַּ֖ח יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ
19 And surely, if the land of your holdings is unclean, pass through for yourself to the land of the holdings of Yahweh, where dwells the dwelling of Yahweh, and hold fast among us.
And in Yahweh do not mutiny, and with us do not mutiny in building for yourselves an altar apart from the altar of Yahweh our God.
3e 4C 42
35
הֲל֣וֹא ׀ עָכָ֣ן בֶּן־זֶ֗רַח מָ֤עַל מַ֙עַל֙ בַּחֵ֔רֶם וְעַֽל־כָּל־עֲדַ֥ת יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל הָ֣יָה קָ֑צֶף
וְהוּא֙ אִ֣ישׁ אֶחָ֔ד לֹ֥א גָוַ֖ע בַּעֲוֺנֽוֹ
20 Did not Akan child of Zerach trespass? He trespassed in the ban, and against all the assembly of Israel, there was rage,
and he one man. Did he not expire in his iniquity?
3e 4C 26
12
וַֽיַּעֲנוּ֙ בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֣ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֔ד וַחֲצִ֖י שֵׁ֣בֶט הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֑ה
וַֽיְדַבְּר֔וּ אֶת־רָאשֵׁ֖י אַלְפֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
21 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half band of Manasseh answered,
and they spoke with the heads of the thousands of Israel.
3e 4B 20
11
אֵל֩ ׀ אֱלֹהִ֨ים ׀ יְהוָ֜ה אֵ֣ל ׀ אֱלֹהִ֤ים ׀ יְהוָה֙ ה֣וּא יֹדֵ֔עַ וְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל ה֣וּא יֵדָ֑ע
אִם־בְּמֶ֤רֶד וְאִם־בְּמַ֙עַל֙ בַּֽיהוָ֔ה אַל־תּוֹשִׁיעֵ֖נוּ הַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה
22 The God of Gods, Yahweh, the God of Gods, Yahweh, he, he knows, and Israel, he, he knows.
If it is in mutiny, or if in trespass against Yahweh, do not save us this day,
3e 4C 23
20
לִבְנ֥וֹת לָ֙נוּ֙ מִזְבֵּ֔חַ לָשׁ֖וּב מֵאַחֲרֵ֣י יְהוָ֑ה
וְאִם־לְהַעֲל֨וֹת עָלָ֜יו עוֹלָ֣ה וּמִנְחָ֗ה וְאִם־לַעֲשׂ֤וֹת עָלָיו֙ זִבְחֵ֣י שְׁלָמִ֔ים יְהוָ֖ה ה֥וּא יְבַקֵּֽשׁ
23 To build for us an altar to turn from following Yahweh,
or if to offer up on it burnt offering and gift, or if to do on it offerings of peace offerings, let Yahweh himself demand.
3e 4C 15
31
וְאִם־לֹ֤א מִדְּאָגָה֙ מִדָּבָ֔ר עָשִׂ֥ינוּ אֶת־זֹ֖את לֵאמֹ֑ר
מָחָ֗ר יֹאמְר֨וּ בְנֵיכֶ֤ם לְבָנֵ֙ינוּ֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר מַה־לָּכֶ֕ם וְלַֽיהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
24 And if not from anxiety about a matter we have done this, saying,
Tomorrow your children will say to our children, saying, What is for you and for Yahweh the God of Israel?
3e 4C 16
25
וּגְב֣וּל נָֽתַן־יְ֠הוָה בֵּינֵ֨נוּ וּבֵינֵיכֶ֜ם בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֤ן וּבְנֵי־גָד֙ אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן אֵין־לָכֶ֥ם חֵ֖לֶק בַּֽיהוָ֑ה
וְהִשְׁבִּ֤יתוּ בְנֵיכֶם֙ אֶת־בָּנֵ֔ינוּ לְבִלְתִּ֖י יְרֹ֥א אֶת־יְהוָֽה
25 And Yahweh gave the border between us and you, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad, at the Jordan. There is no share for you in Yahweh.
And your children will make our children cease, so as not to fear Yahweh.
3e 4C 32
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וַנֹּ֕אמֶר נַעֲשֶׂה־נָּ֣א לָ֔נוּ לִבְנ֖וֹת אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּ֑חַ
לֹ֥א לְעוֹלָ֖ה וְלֹ֥א לְזָֽבַח
26 So we said, Let us make, please, for us to build the altar,
not for burnt offerings, and not for sacrifice,
3e 4B 16
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כִּי֩ עֵ֨ד ה֜וּא בֵּינֵ֣ינוּ וּבֵינֵיכֶ֗ם וּבֵ֣ין דֹּרוֹתֵינוּ֮ אַחֲרֵינוּ֒ לַעֲבֹ֞ד אֶת־עֲבֹדַ֤ת יְהוָה֙ לְפָנָ֔יו בְּעֹלוֹתֵ֥ינוּ וּבִזְבָחֵ֖ינוּ וּבִשְׁלָמֵ֑ינוּ
וְלֹא־יֹאמְר֨וּ בְנֵיכֶ֤ם מָחָר֙ לְבָנֵ֔ינוּ אֵין־לָכֶ֥ם חֵ֖לֶק בַּיהוָֽה
27 But a witness it is between us and you and our generations after us, to serve the service of Yahweh in his presence with our burnt offerings and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings,
and your children will not say afterwards to our children, There is no share for you in Yahweh.
3e 4C 47
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וַנֹּ֕אמֶר וְהָיָ֗ה כִּֽי־יֹאמְר֥וּ אֵלֵ֛ינוּ וְאֶל־דֹּרֹתֵ֖ינוּ מָחָ֑ר
וְאָמַ֡רְנוּ רְא֣וּ אֶת־תַּבְנִית֩ מִזְבַּ֨ח יְהוָ֜ה אֲשֶׁר־עָשׂ֣וּ אֲבוֹתֵ֗ינוּ לֹ֤א לְעוֹלָה֙ וְלֹ֣א לְזֶ֔בַח כִּי־עֵ֣ד ה֔וּא בֵּינֵ֖ינוּ וּבֵינֵיכֶֽם
28 So we said, And it will be that when they say to us or to our generations tomorrow,
that we will say, You see the manner of the altar of Yahweh that our ancestors made, not for burnt offerings and not for sacrifice, but a witness it is, between us and you.
3d 4C 20
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חָלִילָה֩ לָּ֨נוּ מִמֶּ֜נּוּ לִמְרֹ֣ד בַּֽיהוָ֗ה וְלָשׁ֤וּב הַיּוֹם֙ מֵאַחֲרֵ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לִבְנ֣וֹת מִזְבֵּ֔חַ לְעֹלָ֖ה לְמִנְחָ֣ה וּלְזָ֑בַח
מִלְּבַ֗ד מִזְבַּח֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵ֔ינוּ אֲשֶׁ֖ר לִפְנֵ֥י מִשְׁכָּנֽוֹ
29 Far be it for us, from us, to mutiny against Yahweh, or turn today from following Yahweh, to build an altar for a burnt offering, for a gift, or for sacrifice,
besides the altar of Yahweh our God that is before his dwelling-place.
3e 4C 37
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וַיִּשְׁמַ֞ע פִּֽינְחָ֣ס הַכֹּהֵ֗ן וּנְשִׂיאֵ֨י הָעֵדָ֜ה וְרָאשֵׁ֨י אַלְפֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר אִתּ֔וֹ אֶת־הַ֨דְּבָרִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֧ר דִּבְּר֛וּ בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֥ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֖ד וּבְנֵ֣י מְנַשֶּׁ֑ה
וַיִּיטַ֖ב בְּעֵינֵיהֶֽם
30 And Phineas the priest heard, and the principals of the assembly, and the heads of the thousands of Israel that were with him, the things that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke,
and it was good in their eyes.
3c 4C 47
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וַיֹּ֣אמֶר פִּֽינְחָ֣ס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָ֣ר הַכֹּהֵ֡ן אֶל־בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֨ן וְאֶל־בְּנֵי־גָ֜ד וְאֶל־בְּנֵ֣י מְנַשֶּׁ֗ה הַיּ֤וֹם ׀ יָדַ֙עְנוּ֙ כִּֽי־בְתוֹכֵ֣נוּ יְהוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֛ר לֹֽא־מְעַלְתֶּ֥ם בַּֽיהוָ֖ה הַמַּ֣עַל הַזֶּ֑ה
אָ֗ז הִצַּלְתֶּ֛ם אֶת־בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִיַּ֥ד יְהוָֽה
31 And Phineas, child of Eleazar the priest, said to the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad and to the children of Manasseh, Today we know, for among us is Yahweh, that you have not trespassed against Yahweh this trespass.
Then you have delivered the children of Israel from the hand of Yahweh.
3d 4C 55
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וַיָּ֣שָׁב פִּֽינְחָ֣ס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָ֣ר הַכֹּהֵ֣ן ׀ וְהַנְּשִׂיאִ֡ים מֵאֵ֣ת בְּנֵֽי־רְאוּבֵן֩ וּמֵאֵ֨ת בְּנֵי־גָ֜ד מֵאֶ֧רֶץ הַגִּלְעָ֛ד אֶל־אֶ֥רֶץ כְּנַ֖עַן אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
וַיָּשִׁ֥בוּ אוֹתָ֖ם דָּבָֽר
32 And Phineas, child of Eleazar the priest, turned and the principals, from the children of Reuben and from the children of Gad, from the land of the Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel,
and they returned to them a word.
3c 4B 47
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וַיִּיטַ֣ב הַדָּבָ֗ר בְּעֵינֵי֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל וַיְבָרֲכ֥וּ אֱלֹהִ֖ים בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
וְלֹ֣א אָמְר֗וּ לַעֲל֤וֹת עֲלֵיהֶם֙ לַצָּבָ֔א לְשַׁחֵת֙ אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֛ר בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֥ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֖ד יֹשְׁבִ֥ים בָּֽהּ
33 And the word was good in the eyes of the children of Israel, and the children of Israel blessed God,
and did not say to go up against them as a host, to destroy the land that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had settled in.
3d 4C 26
33
וַֽיִּקְרְא֛וּ בְּנֵי־רְאוּבֵ֥ן וּבְנֵי־גָ֖ד לַמִּזְבֵּ֑חַ
כִּ֣י עֵ֥ד הוּא֙ בֵּֽינֹתֵ֔ינוּ כִּ֥י יְהוָ֖ה הָאֱלֹהִֽים
34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar,
But a witness it is between us that Yahweh is the God.
3d 4B 16
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