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who hath fled to a city of refuge, that he may dwell again in 33 his land, until the death of the high priest. So you will not pollute with blood the land in which you dwell; for this blood polluteth the land; and the land cannot be cleansed from the blood which is shed in it, but by the blood of him who shed it. 34 You must not defile the land in which you dwell-in which I dwell among you; for I'the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.


Then came the chiefs of the community of the children of Galaad, son of Machir, son of Manasses, of the tribe of the children of Joseph, and spoke before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the chiefs of the patriarchal 2 houses of the Israelites, and said, The Lord hath commanded our lord to give the land of inheritance by lot to the children of Israel; and the Lord hath commanded our lord to give the 3 inheritance of Salpaad, our brother, to his daughters. Now they may become wives to one of the communities of the Is. raelites, and their lot may be taken from the possession of our fathers, and added to the inheritance of that tribe among which they may be married; so their inheritance may be taken from 4 the lot of our inheritance; and though there may be a jubilee of the children of Israel, still their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe among whom they may have been married, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheri5 tance of our patriarchal tribe. Whereupon Moses gave a charge

to the children of Israel, by the command of the Lord, saying, 6 In regard to what the tribe of the children of Joseph say, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded the daughters of Salpaad, saying, Let them marry whom they please, but 7 they must marry men of the community of their father, so there shall be no transferring of inheritance among the children of Israel, from one tribe to another. Because the children of Israel must be kept together, every one in the inheritance of the 8 patriarchal family of his tribe, therefore every daughter, who by being next of kin, inheriteth a possession among the tribes of Israel, must marry one of the community of her father, that the children of Israel may inherit by nearness of kin, every one 9 the inheritance of his father's family: by which means the al

lotment will not be transferred from one tribe to another; but


the Israelites will be kept together every one in his inheritance.

Accordingly they did, for the daughters of Salpaad, in the 11 manner the Lord commanded Moses, and Thersa, and Egla, and Melcha, and Nua, and Maala, the daughters of Salpaad, 12 were married to their cousins. They were married to men of the tribe of Manasses, one of the sons of Joseph, and their inheritance was kept in the tribe, to which the community of their father belonged.


These are the commands, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord gave in charge, by the ministry of Moses, on the west of Moab, on the Jordan, over against Jericho.



These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel, on the bank of the Jordan, west of the wilderness which reacheth to the Red sea, between Pharantophal and Lobon, and Aulon, 2 and Katachrusea, eleven days' journey from Choreb, the way by mount Seir to Kades-Barne.


In the fortieth year, the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to all the children of Israel, accord4 ing to all that the Lord had given him in charge to them. After he had smitten Seon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Ese5 bon; and Og, king of Basan, who dwelt at Astaroth and Edrain, Moses began, on the bank of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, to explain the law fully, saying.


The Lord our God spoke to us at Choreb, saying, You 7 have tarried long enough by this mount. Turn; strike your tents, and march to the mountain of the Amorites, and to all the inhabitants around Araba-to the mountain and to the plain, and to the south, and to the land of the Chananites, on the sea shore, and to Antilibanus, till you reach the river8 the great river Euphrates. Behold I have delivered up the land before you. Go in, and take possession, of the land, which with an oath I promised to give to your fathers-to Abraham, and Isaak, and Jacob-to them and their seed after them.


Then I spoke to you at that time, saying, I am not able 10 alone to bear you. The Lord your God hath multiplied you;

you, even

and behold you are this day like the stars of heaven for mul11 titude. May the Lord, the God of your fathers, add to you a thousand times as many as you are, and bless you as he hath 12 promised you! How can I alone bear the burden of 13 the whole weight of you, and your contentions? Appoint for yourselves men of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, for your several tribes, and I will make them leaders over you. 14 And you answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast 15 proposed to do is good. So I took from among you men of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and appointed them to be leaders over you-captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens; and 16 promulgators of the law for your judges. And I gave a charge to your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and 17 his brother, and the stranger who is with him. Thou shalt not respect a person in judgment. Against the low and the high thou shalt pass sentence, and not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's. And if the matter be too hard for 18 you, bring it to me, and I will hear it. And when I had given 19 you in charge, at that time, all the things which you were to do, we removed from Choreb, and marched through all that great and frightful wilderness which you saw, on the way to the mountain of the Amorite, as the Lord our God command20 ed us. And when we came to Kades-barne, I said to you,

You are come to the mountain of the Amorite, which the 21 Lord our God giveth you. Behold the Lord your God hath delivered up to you the land before you. Go up and take possession of it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, commanded 22 you. Fear not, nor be faint hearted. Whereupon you all came to me, and said, Let us send men before us, and let them traverse the land for us, and bring us word what way we shall go 23 up, and to what cities we shall come. And the proposal was agreeable to me. So I took from among you twelve men—a 24 man for every tribe. And they turned, and went up to the 25 mountain, and came to the valley of the bunch of grapes. And

when they had thoroughly viewed it, they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land, and brought it to you, and said, 26 The land is good, which the Lord our God giveth us. Not

27 withstanding this, you would not go up; but disobeyed the command of the Lord our God, and murmured in your tents, saying, Because the Lord hateth us he hath brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hands of the Amo28 rites, to destroy us utterly, wherever we go. When your brethren disheartened you, saying, It is a nation great and numerous, and stronger than we; and the cities are large, and walled up to the sky. Indeed we have seen there sons of giants. 29 I said to you, Be not terrified, nor afraid of them. The Lord 30 your God is marching before you. He will assist you in subdu

ing them, according to all that he hath done for you in the land 31 of Egypt, and in that wilderness, which you have seen in your march to this mountain of the Amorite. The Lord thy God will take charge of thee, as a man would of a son-as he hath 32 done all the way you marched, till you came to this place. Not33 withstanding this speech you did not confide in the Lord our God who was marching before you in the way to chuse a place for you, conducting you by night with fire, pointing out to you the way in which you were to march; and by day, with 34 a pillar of cloud. And the Lord heard the sound of your words, 35 and being provoked to wrath, he sware saying, Not one of

these men shall see that good land which I, with an oath, pro36 mised their fathers, save Chaleb son of Jephonne. He shall

see it. And to him I will give the land to which he went up, and to his children, because he vindicateth the cause of the 37 Lord. With me also the Lord was angry on your account, 38 and said, Neither shalt thou go in there. Joshua son of Nave 39 who is thy attendant-he shall go thither. Encourage him, for he shall distribute it, by lot, to Israel. And with respect to your children, who do not know good or evil, they shall go thither, and to them I will give it, and they shall inherit it. 40 But as for you, turn, and march into the wilderness, by the way 41 to the Red sea. Then you answered, and said, We have sin

ned before the Lord our God. We will go up, and fight according to all that the Lord our God commanded us. So, every one seizing his implements of war, you assembled tumultu42 ously to go up the mountain. Whereupon the Lord said to

me, Say to them, You shall not go up, nor fight; for I am not 43 with you. And you should not be trodden down before your

enemies. Accordingly I spoke to you; but you hearkened not to me; but transgressed the command of the Lord, and pre44 sumptuously ascended the mountain. And the Amorites, who dwelt on the mountain, came out to meet you, and pursued

you, as bees would do, and slaughtered you from Seir to Her45 ma. Then you sat down, and wept before the Lord our God; but the Lord hearkened not to your voice, nor paid attention to you. So you abode at Kades many days, as many as you had staid there before. Then we turned, and took up our march into the wilderness, by the way to the Red sea, as the Lord 2 spoke to me. And when we had been many days circling 3 round mount Seir, the Lord said to me, You have been long


enough circling round this mountain, therefore turn northward, 4 and give thou a charge to this people, saying, You are about to march along by the borders of your brethren, the children of Esau who inhabit Seir. They will be afraid of you, and 5 dread you exceedingly. You must not come to battle with them; for I will not give you a foot of their land, because I have given mount Seir to the children of Esau for a possession. 6 Buy provisions of them for money, that you may eat, and receive of them water by measure, for money, that you may 7 drink; (for the Lord our God had blessed thee in all the works of thy hands.)

Recollect how thou didst traverse that great and frightful wilderness. Behold! for forty years the Lord thy God was with 8 thee. Thou wast not in want of any thing. And when we had passed by our brethren the children of Esau, who inhabit Seir, by the way of Araba, from Ailon to Gesion-gaber, and 9 wheeling about had crossed the wilderness of Moab, the Lord said to me, Act not as enemies against the Moabites; nor come to a battle with them; for I will not give you for a possession any of their land; for I have given Aroer to the children of Lot, 10 that they may inherit it. (Now the Ommins had formerly dwelt 11 there, a nation great and numerous, and mighty as the Ena

kims-they as well as the Enakims may be accounted Ra12 phains; but the Moabites call them Ommins. And in Seir the Chorrites were formerly settled, but the children of Esau destroyed them, and rooted them out from before them, and dwelt in their stead, in the same manner as Israel hath done with the PP


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