1; The two tribes and a half with a blessing are sent home.
10; They build the altar of testimony in their journey.
11; The Israelites are offended thereat.
21; They vindicate their conduct, and give them good
Nu 32:18-33 De 29:7,8
We have already seen, that a detachment of 40,000; men, of the
tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, had
passed over Jordan armed, with their brethren, according to
their agreement with Moses. The war being now concluded, the
land divided, and their brethren settled, Joshua assembles
these warriors; and with commendations for their services and
fidelity, he dismisses them, having fist given them the most
pious and suitable instructions. They had now been about
seven years absent from their respective families; and though
there was only the river Jordan between the camp of Gilgal and
their own inheritance, yet it does not appear that they had,
during that time, ever revisited their home, which they might
have done at any time of the year, except the harvest, as the
river was at other times easily fordable.