Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

民数记 32

约旦河东的支派

1吕便和迦得的子孙有许多牲畜,他们见雅谢和基列适于放牧, 就来见摩西、以利亚撒祭司和会众的首领,说: “亚大录、底本、雅谢、宁拉、希实本、以利亚利、示班、尼波和比稳—— 这些耶和华为以色列会众攻取的地方适于放牧,而仆人们有许多牲畜。 如果你们恩待我们,请将这些地方赐给我们作产业,别让我们过约旦河了。”

摩西对他们说:“难道你们要坐在这里,让其他同胞去打仗吗? 你们为何使以色列人军心动摇,不敢进入耶和华所赐之地? 从前我在加低斯·巴尼亚派你们的祖先去打探那地方的时候,他们就是这样。 他们到以实各谷打探那地方,回来后竟动摇军心,使以色列人不敢进入耶和华所赐之地。 10 那天耶和华发怒,起誓说, 11 ‘从埃及出来、二十岁以上的人都看不到我起誓要赐给亚伯拉罕、以撒和雅各的土地,因为他们没有全心全意地跟从我; 12 只有基尼洗族耶孚尼的儿子迦勒和嫩的儿子约书亚可以看到,因为他们全心全意地跟从我。’ 13 耶和华向以色列人发怒,使他们在旷野漂泊了四十年,直到在耶和华面前作恶的那一代都死了。

14 “现在,你们这群罪人的后代竟然重蹈前人的覆辙,加剧耶和华的怒气。 15 如果你们离弃祂,祂必再次把以色列人丢弃在旷野,这样你们就毁了整个民族。”

16 他们上前对摩西说:“我们要在这里为牲畜建围栏,为家眷筑城邑, 17 让他们留在坚固的城内,免受当地居民的威胁。然后我们必拿起兵器率先上阵,直到帮其他以色列同胞夺取他们的土地。 18 在其他同胞占领各自的产业之前,我们决不回家。 19 但我们不会跟他们在约旦河西岸分土地,我们只想要约旦河东岸之地作产业。” 20 摩西说:“如果你们信守承诺,拿起兵器在耶和华面前出战, 21 你们全军就要在耶和华面前渡过约旦河,直到祂赶走祂面前的仇敌, 22 征服那地方。之后,你们才可以回家,才算在耶和华和以色列人面前尽了自己的责任,这地方就在耶和华面前归给你们作产业。 23 但如果你们不守承诺,就是得罪耶和华,必难逃惩罚。 24 你们现在去为家人筑城邑,为牛羊建围栏吧,但别忘了信守承诺。” 25 迦得和吕便的子孙对摩西说:“仆人们一定遵命而行。 26 我们的妻子、孩子、牛羊等牲畜都会留在基列的各城。 27 仆人当中所有能上阵打仗的人都会照你的吩咐在耶和华面前过河作战。”

28 于是,摩西对以利亚撒祭司、嫩的儿子约书亚和以色列各支派的族长说: 29 “如果迦得和吕便子孙中所有能上阵打仗的人,在耶和华面前跟你们一同过河作战,你们征服那片土地以后就要把基列给他们作产业。 30 如果他们不带着兵器跟你们一起过河作战,就只能在迦南与你们同分产业。” 31 迦得和吕便的子孙再次说:“凡耶和华所吩咐的,仆人们一定照办。 32 我们一定带着兵器在耶和华面前过河,前往迦南,但我们要拥有约旦河东之地作产业。”

33 摩西就把亚摩利王西宏和巴珊王噩的国土及周围的城邑都给了迦得的子孙、吕便的子孙和约瑟儿子玛拿西的半个支派。 34 迦得的子孙重建了底本、亚他录、亚罗珥、 35 亚他录·朔反、雅谢、约比哈、 36 伯·宁拉和伯·哈兰,使之成为坚固的城池,并建了羊圈。 37 吕便的子孙重建了希实本、以利亚利、基列亭、 38 尼波、巴力·免和西比玛。他们为重建的城邑起了新名字,如尼波和巴力·免。 39 玛拿西之子玛吉的子孙占领了基列,赶走了那里的亚摩利人。 40 摩西就把基列赐给玛拿西的儿子玛吉,作他的居所。 41 玛拿西的子孙雅珥占领了基列的村庄,将它们改名为哈倭特·雅珥。 42 挪巴占领了基纳及其周围的村庄,就按自己的名字称基纳为挪巴。

The Message

Numbers 32

Tribes East of the Jordan

11-4 The families of Reuben and Gad had huge herds of livestock. They saw that the country of Jazer and Gilead was just the place for grazing livestock. And so they came, the families of Gad and of Reuben, and spoke to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the leaders of the congregation, saying, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon—the country that God laid low before the community of Israel—is a country just right for livestock, and we have livestock.”

They continued, “If you think we’ve done a good job so far, give us this country for our inheritance. Don’t make us go across the Jordan.”

6-12 Moses answered the families of Gad and Reuben: “Do you mean that you are going to leave the fighting that’s ahead to your brothers while you settle down here? Why would you even think of letting the People of Israel down, demoralizing them just as they’re about to move into the land God gave them? That’s exactly what your ancestors did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to survey the country. They went as far as the Valley of Eshcol, took one look and quit. They completely demoralized the People of Israel from entering the land God had given them. And God got angry—oh, did he get angry! He swore: ‘They’ll never get to see it; none of those who came up out of Egypt who are twenty years and older will ever get to see the land that I promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They weren’t interested in following me—their hearts weren’t in it. None, except for Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, and Joshua son of Nun; they followed me—their hearts were in it.’

13 God’s anger smoked against Israel. He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, until that entire generation that acted out evil in his sight had died out.

14-15 “And now here you are, just one more mob of sinners stepping up to replace your ancestors, throwing fuel on the already blazing anger of God against Israel. If you won’t follow him, he’ll do it again. He’ll dump them in the desert and the disaster will be all your fault.”

16-19 They came close to him and said, “All we want to do is build corrals for our livestock and towns for our families. Then we’ll take up arms and take the front lines, leading the People of Israel to their place. We’ll be able to leave our families behind, secure in fortified towns, safe from those who live in the land. But we won’t go back home until every Israelite is in full possession of his inheritance. We won’t expect any inheritance west of the Jordan; we are claiming all our inheritance east of the Jordan.”

20-22 Moses said, “If you do what you say, take up arms before God for battle and together go across the Jordan ready, before God, to fight until God has cleaned his enemies out of the land, then when the land is secure you will have fulfilled your duty to God and Israel. Then this land will be yours to keep before God.

23-24 “But if you don’t do what you say, you will be sinning against God; you can be sure that your sin will track you down. So, go ahead. Build towns for your families and corrals for your livestock. Do what you said you’d do.”

25-27 The families of Gad and Reuben told Moses: “We will do as our master commands. Our children and wives, our flocks and herds will stay behind here in the towns of Gilead. But we, every one of us fully armed, will cross the river to fight for God, just as our master has said.”

28-30 So Moses issued orders for them to Eleazar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the ancestral tribes of the People of Israel. Moses said, “If the families of Gad and Reuben cross the Jordan River with you and before God, all armed and ready to fight, then after the land is secure, you may give them the land of Gilead as their inheritance. But if they don’t cross over with you, they’ll have to settle up with you in Canaan.”

31-32 The families of Gad and Reuben responded: “We will do what God has said. We will cross the Jordan before God, ready and willing to fight. But the land we inherit will be here, to the east of the Jordan.”

33 Moses gave the families of Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og, king of Bashan—the land, its towns, and all the territories connected with them—the works.

34-36 The Gadites rebuilt Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, Beth Nimrah, and Beth Haran as fortified cities; they also built corrals for their animals.

37-38 The Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh, and Kiriathaim, also Nebo and Baal Meon and Sibmah. They renamed the cities that they rebuilt.

39-40 The family of Makir son of Manasseh went to Gilead, captured it, and drove out the Amorites who lived there. Moses then gave Gilead to the Makirites, the descendants of Manasseh. They moved in and settled there.

41 Jair, another son of Manasseh, captured some villages and named them Havvoth Jair (Jair’s Tent-Camps).

42 Nobah captured Kenath and its surrounding camps. He renamed it after himself, Nobah.