New International Version
Build cities for your women and children, and pens for your flocks, but do what you have promised."
King James Bible
Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.
Darby Bible Translation
Build yourselves cities for your little ones, and folds for your flocks, and do that which has gone out of your mouth.
World English Bible
Build cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which has proceeded out of your mouth."
Young's Literal Translation
build for yourselves cities for your infants, and folds for your flock, and that which is going out from your mouth do ye.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because of the inhabitants of the land - These were the Ammonites, Moabites, Idumeans, and the remains of the Midianites and Amorites. But could the women and children even keep the defenced cities, when placed in them? This certainly cannot be supposed possible. Many of the men of war must of course stay behind. In the last census, Numbers 26, the tribe of Reuben consisted of 43,730 men; the tribe of Gad, 40,500; the tribe of Manasseh, 52,700; the half of which is 26,350. Add this to the sum of the other two tribes, and the amount is 110,580. Now from Joshua 4:13 we learn that of the tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half of the tribe of Manasseh, only 40,000 armed men passed over Jordan to assist their brethren in the reduction of the land: consequently the number of 70,580 men were left behind for the defense of the women, the children, and the flocks. This was more than sufficient to defend them against a people already panic struck by their late discomfitures and reverses.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, 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
"Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens.
When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
The Gadites and Reubenites said to Moses, "We your servants will do as our lord commands.
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