Then tell them that the Lord says, 1 ‘It is because your ancestors 2 rejected me and paid allegiance to 3 other gods. They have served them and worshiped them. But they have rejected me and not obeyed my law. 4
They broke through the city walls, and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 1 (The Babylonians had the city surrounded.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
So the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites in Shiloh in the land of Canaan and headed home to their own land in Gilead, 1 which they acquired by the Lord’s command through Moses.
But all the evil and worthless men among those who had gone with David said, “Since they didn’t go with us, 1 we won’t give them any of the loot we retrieved! They may take only their wives and children. Let them lead them away and be gone!”