Psalms 108:9
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9  Gilad and Menashe would be mine, Efraim my chief stronghold, Yehuda my scepter;

LEE gil-AD LEE m’-na-SHEH v’-ef-RA-yim ma-OZ ro-SHEE y’-hu-DAH m’-kho-k’-KEE

ט  לִי גִלְעָד לִי מְנַשֶּׁה וְאֶפְרַיִם מָעוֹז רֹאשִׁי יְהוּדָה מְחֹקְקִי׃

108:9   Gilad and Menashe would be mine

Gilad mountains

In a moment of confidence, David rejoices at the great promise Hashem made to His people, to give them each a share in the Promised Land. He remarks “Gilad and Menashe would be mine,” and speaks of controlling Ephraim, Yehuda, Moab and the land of the Philistines. He intends to fulfill the biblical command to conquer all the lands occupied by other kingdoms but bequeathed to Israel, or at one point conquered by Israel. Gilad is a mountainous strip of land on the eastern bank of the Jordan River which was conquered by Israel on their journey from Egypt to Canaan. After conquering the land of Sihon and Og, Moshe bequeathed it to the tribes of Reuven and Gad and to half the tribe of Menashe. Yiftach the judge came from this region, King Shaul defended the area from the kingdom of Ammon, and Shlomo also included this area in his kingdom. Once the Israelite kingdom split, however, this land was conquered by Aram.

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  • Carl Coglianese

    We are told that David in a moment of great confidence, high emotion, rejoices in the promise that God has made to his people to give them each a share in the promised land. David in this great emotional high as it were talks of controlling all these kingdoms such as, Gilead,Ephraim, Judah, Moav. Even the land of the Philistines. All these lands were given to Israel by God. he wants to conquer them, rule them, own them as they were promised Israel in Biblical times.

    At one time Moses gave the land to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh. Jephthah the judge. The region is rich with history of what was fought for and won in the name of Israel that was once theirs and now won back to there nation and bestowed upon them. After all was said and done the biggest problem was when the kingdom split . This caused a great weakness and the kingdom was open to conquest and it was lost, have of it was lost and the tribes were dispersed.
    This is what might happen in Israel today. The state of Israel must not divide into two separate states. otherwise it will be open to a great loss as history has shown us. pray for the nation of Israel that it stay as one nation under the guidance of God. One nation strong. Amen. Carl

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