13:8 beyond Jordan eastward. Moses had promised the lands taken from Sihon and Og to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh. Joshua 13 deals with this division.
13:22 the soothsayer. Balaam was a soothsayer, or diviner, not just a true prophet who had allowed greed to subvert his judgment and compromise his ministry. (For the account of Balaam’s actions, see Numbers 22:4–24:25; 31:8.)