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Numbers 32:37

    Numbers 32:37 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the children of Reuben were the builders of Heshbon and Elealeh and Kiriathaim;

    Webster's Revision

    And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,

    World English Bible

    The children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim;

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 32:37

    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.