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And when they came unto the borders of Jordan, that are in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan, a great altar to see to.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

22:10 built there an altar. Very probably because of Joshua’s admonition, these eastern tribes thought it advisable to build a large altar on the west bank of Jordan, patterned after the altar in the tabernacle, as a perpetual reminder to the tribes on both sides of the Jordan of their ongoing unity. With all their good intentions, however, they were acting on their own volition, not on God’s orders, and the western tribes seriously misunderstood their purpose.

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