“Now, as for your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, they will be mine. 1 Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are.
“‘If a man consecrates to the Lord some of his own landed property, the conversion value must be calculated in accordance with the amount of seed needed to sow it, 1 a homer of barley seed being priced at fifty shekels of silver. 2
but we will maintain ourselves in armed readiness 1 and go before the Israelites until whenever we have brought them to their place. Our descendants will be living in fortified towns as a protection against 2 the inhabitants of the land.
Moses said to them: “If the Gadites and the Reubenites cross the Jordan with you, each one equipped for battle in the Lord’s presence, and you conquer the land, 1 then you must allot them the territory of Gilead as their possession.
Do not be hostile toward them, because I am not giving you any of their land, not even a footprint, for I have given Mount Seir 1 as an inheritance for Esau.
Previously the Horites 1 lived in Seir but the descendants of Esau dispossessed and destroyed them and settled in their place, just as Israel did to the land it came to possess, the land the Lord gave them.) 2
But as for you, remain here with me so I can declare to you all the commandments, 1 statutes, and ordinances that you are to teach them, so that they can carry them out in the land I am about to give them.” 2
(Now this used to be the customary way to finalize a transaction involving redemption in Israel: 1 A man would remove his sandal and give it to the other party. 2 This was a legally binding act 3 in Israel.)
For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; however, he must hand over 1 the fruit of his labor 2 as an inheritance 3 to someone else who did not work for it. This also is futile, and an awful injustice! 4
The day you begin cultivating, you do what you can to make it grow; 1 the morning you begin planting, you do what you can to make it sprout. Yet the harvest will disappear 2 in the day of disease and incurable pain.
Among the smooth stones of the stream are the idols you love; they, they are the object of your devotion. 1 You pour out liquid offerings to them, you make an offering. Because of these things I will seek vengeance. 2
Look! 1 Even if 2 they flee from the destruction, Egypt will take hold 3 of them, and Memphis will bury them. The weeds will inherit the silver they treasure 4 – thorn bushes will occupy their homes. 5
Why then was the law given? 1 It was added 2 because of transgressions, 3 until the arrival of the descendant 4 to whom the promise had been made. It was administered 5 through angels by an intermediary. 6