Numbers 32:16
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New International Version
Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children.

King James Bible
And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

Darby Bible Translation
And they drew near to him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones;

World English Bible
They came near to him, and said, "We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones:

Young's Literal Translation
And they come nigh unto him, and say, 'Folds for the flock we build for our cattle here, and cities for our infants;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We will build - cities for our little ones - It was impossible for these, numerous as they might be, to build cities and fortify them for the defense of their families in their absence. Calmet supposes they meant no more than repairing the cities of the Amorites which they had lately taken; which work might have been very easily accomplished in the time which they spent on this side of Jordan, before they went over with their brethren, to put them in possession of the land.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

This proposal was very equitable, and it was honestly made and faithfully executed; though it did not imply that all men capable of bearing arms should go, and so leave their families and possessions defenceless, but only a sufficient detachment of them. Among the inhabitants of the land were the Ammonites, Moabites, Idumeans, and the remains of the Midianites and Amorites; and as it was impossible for the women and children to keep the defenced cities, when placed in them, many of the men of war must of course stay behind. In the last census, the tribe of Reuben consisted of

43,730 men; the tribe of Gad

40,500; and the tribe of Manasseh

52,700; the half of which is

26,350; which together amount to

110,580. Now from

Joshua 4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD to battle, to the plains of Jericho.

we learn, that of these tribes only

40,000 armed men passed over Jordan to assist their brethren; consequently

70,580 men were left behind for the defence of the women, the children, and the flocks; which was amply sufficient for this purpose.

Genesis 34:22 Only herein will the men consent to us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised...

Genesis 33:17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle...

Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 49:14
"Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens.

Numbers 32:15
If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction."

Numbers 32:17
But we will arm ourselves for battle and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land.

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