New American Standard Bible
The sons of Reuben built Heshbon and Elealeh and Kiriathaim,
King James Bible
And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,
Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elaleh, and Kirjathaim,
World English Bible
The children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,
Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Reuben have build Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The Reubenites established themselves more compactly than the Gadites. Elcalch (el-'Al) a mile to the northeast; Nebo (Nebbeh) probably three miles to the southwest; Baal-meon (Main) nearly two miles to the south; Kirjathaim (Kureiyat?): and Shibmah, more properly Sibmah, famous at a later period for its vines (compare Isaiah 16:8), four miles east of Heshbon; all clustered round the old Amorite Capital. The Reubenites probably retained at the partition all these cities with the exception of Heshbon, which, passing to the Levites, were thenceforth reckoned as within the tribe of Gad.
Neither the Reubenites nor the Gadites were "builders" in the sense of founders of the cities of which they thus took possession. They probably fortified them, for the first time or afresh, so as to render them places of safety for their families during the campaigns on the other side of the Jordan; and provided them with all conveniences for their flocks and herds.
In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,
and Beth-nimrah and Beth-haran as fortified cities, and sheepfolds for sheep.
and Nebo and Baal-meon-- their names being changed-- and Sibmah, and they gave other names to the cities which they built.
and Kiriathaim and Sibmah and Zereth-shahar on the hill of the valley,
Concerning Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Woe to Nebo, for it has been destroyed; Kiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured; The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and shattered.
"From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, even to Jahaz they have raised their voice, from Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah; for even the waters of Nimrim will become desolate.
therefore, behold, I am going to deprive the flank of Moab of its cities, of its cities which are on its frontiers, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and Kiriathaim,
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