||'Do not abandon us,' said [Moses]. 'After all, you are familiar with the places where we are going to camp in the desert, and you can be our guide.
Vayomer al-na ta'azov otanu ki al-ken yadata chanotenu bamidbar vehayita lanu le'eynayim.
||If you go with us, we will share with you whatever good God grants us.'
Vehayah ki-telech imanu vehayah hatov hahu asher yetiv Adonay imanu vehetavnu lach.
See Genesis 18:5, 19:8, 33:10.
|and you can be our guide|
(cf. Ibn Ezra). Literally, 'you shall be like eyes for us.' Or, 'you shall be an advisor' (Septuagint). Or, 'You have been our guide' (Rashi; Ibn Ezra).
Some sources indicate that Chovev eventually agreed to this (Sifri; Rashi). However, some say that he first went home (Sifri; see Exodus 18:27).