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 32:41
32:40 Moses gave the Gilead to Makhir son of Manasseh, and he lived there.
Vayiten Moshe et-haGil'ad le-Machir ben-Menasheh vayeshev bah.
32:41 Ya'ir, a grandson of Manasseh, went and conquered the villages [in this district], and he named them Ya'irs Villages (Chavvoth Ya'ir).
VeYa'ir ben-Menashe halach vayilkod et-chavoteyhem vayikra ethen Chavot Ya'ir.



Commentary:

Ya'ir, a grandson of Manasseh
  Actually a great-grandson. Chetzron (son of Peretz and grandson of Judah), married a daughter of Makhir and had a son Seguv, who was Ya'ir's father (1 Chronicles 2:22; Ibn Ezra; Ramban).

villages
  Chavoth in Hebrew. Consisting of small clusters of houses (Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim, s.v. Chayah). These were in the Argov region, to the south of the Yarmok (Deuteronomy 3:14). There were a total of 23 villages (1 Chronicles 2:23).

in this district
  Literally, 'their villages.' Or, 'villages of Ham,' see Genesis 14:5.

Chavvoth Ya'ir
  See Deuteronomy 3:14, Joshua 13:30, 1 Kings 4:13. Some say that he named the area after himself because he had no sons, only daughters (Midrash Aggadah).





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