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The children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home, and departed from the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possession that they had possessed according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses. Bible

“out of Shiloh.” The camp of Israel had moved from Gilgal to Shiloh (cp. Josh. 18:1).

“which is in the land of Canaan.” The Bible is not embarrassed to say this was the land of Canaan but now God has driven them out and given the land to Israel.

“to go to the land of Gilead.” The majority of the tribes in the Transjordan would have gone to Gilead, and the tribe of Reuben might have traveled east to Gilead and then south to their own tribal land.

“according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.” The Hebrew is very concrete, and is literally, “by the mouth of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.”


Commentary for: Joshua 22:9