Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 22:4

And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brothers, as He spoke to them; therefore turn now and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Gad;   Reubenites;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Promises of God, the;   Reuben, the Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Reuben;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Land (of Israel);   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ed;   Manasseh;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Gad (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Beyond;   Joshua, Book of;   Promise;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Tent;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And now the Lord your God hath given rest unto your brethren,

as he promised them,.... As in Joshua 21:44; see Deuteronomy 12:9,

therefore now return ye, and get ye unto your tents; not their military tents in the army, from which they now came to Joshua, but their houses, as the Greek version, and their cities, as the Targum; they having been so long used to tents in the wilderness, and during the wars in Canaan, this was a familiar word for their dwellings:

and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you, on the other side Jordan; before his death, on condition of doing what they now had done; even the land of Gilead and Bashan, beyond Jordan.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-22.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.

Your tents — That is, to your settled habitations. Tho' their affections to their families could not but make them very desirous to return, yet like good soldiers, they would not move 'till they had orders from their general. So, tho' we desire to be at home with Christ ever so much, yet we must stay here till our warfare is accomplished, wait for a due discharge, and not anticipate the time of our removal.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-22.html. 1765.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Unto your tents, i.e. to your settled habitations, as appears from Deuteronomy 22:8, which are oft called

tents, as Jude 19:9 2 Samuel 17:17 Hosea 9:6 Malachi 2:12.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-22.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.Get you unto your tents — The word tents here, as often elsewhere, (Judges 7:8; 1 Samuel 4:10; 1 Samuel 13:2; 2 Samuel 18:17,) is used for houses, or homes. Its use probably arose from Israel’s dwelling so long in tents.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-22.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And now YHWH your God has given rest to your brothers, as he said to them. Now therefore turn you, and get you to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of YHWH gave you, Beyond Jordan.”

Now YHWH with their help had given rest to their brothers. They were settling in the land and beginning to sow and to plant. ‘Turn you.’ See Deuteronomy 1:7; Deuteronomy 1:40; Deuteronomy 2:3; Deuteronomy 16:7. ‘Get you to your tents.’ A phrase from the past which meant ‘go home’, whether to tents or houses (compare Joshua 22:8; Deuteronomy 16:7; possibly Judges 7:8; 1 Kings 12:16). ‘The land of your possession.’ God had already given them their reward.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-22.html. 2013.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 22:4. Return ye to your tents — That is, to your settled habitations. Though their affections to their families could not but make them very desirous to return, yet, like good soldiers, they would not move till they had orders from their general. So, though we desire to be at home with Christ ever so much, yet we must stay here till our warfare is accomplished, wait for a due discharge, and not anticipate the time of our removal.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-22.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

And peace. This is a farther explication of rest, (Haydock) which alone occurs in Hebrew. It may denote a fixed and permanent abode, Deuteronomy iii. 20., and Ruth i. 9.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-22.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

as = according as.

them. A special various reading called Sevir (App-34), with many codices and two early printed editions, reads "to you

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-22.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.

Get you unto your tents - i:e., home; because their families had been left in fortified towns (Numbers 32:17).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-22.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.
given rest
21:43,44; Deuteronomy 12:9
get
13:8,15-33; 14:1-5; Numbers 32:33-42; Deuteronomy 3:1-17; 29:8
Reciprocal: Exodus 33:14 - rest;  Numbers 32:18 - GeneralNumbers 32:22 - ye shall;  Deuteronomy 1:1 - on this;  Deuteronomy 3:20 - return;  Deuteronomy 33:21 - a portion;  Joshua 1:15 - then ye shall;  Joshua 9:1 - on this;  Joshua 11:23 - And the land;  Joshua 12:1 - on the other;  Joshua 23:1 - the Lord;  1 Chronicles 22:18 - and hath;  Isaiah 63:14 - the Spirit;  Hebrews 4:8 - had

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 22:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-22.html.