Numbers 21

CHAPTER 21

The Canaanites War with Israel

And [5heard 3the 4Canaanite 1king 2Arad], the one dwelling by the wilderness, that Israel came by the way to Atharin; and he waged war against Israel, and they carried away captive some of them into captivity. And Israel vowed a vow to the  lord, and said, If you should deliver up to me this people under my hand, I will devote him to consumption and his cities. And the  lord listened to the voice of Israel, and he delivered up the Canaanite unto his hand, and he devoted him to consumption, and his cities. And they called the name of that place, Anathema. And departing from Hor the mountain, by way unto the [2sea 1red], they encircled the land of Edom, and [3became faint-hearted 1the 2people] in the way. And [3spoke ill 1the 2people] against God, and against Moses, saying, Why did you lead us out of Egypt to kill us in the wilderness? For there is no bread nor water; and our soul loathes in [2bread 1this empty].

The Serpent of Brass

And the  lord sent to the people the serpents, the ones causing death; and they bit the people, and [3died 2people 1many] of the sons of Israel. And [3came 1the 2people] to Moses, saying that, We sinned, for we spoke ill against the  lord, and against you; make a vow then to the  lord that he remove from us the serpent! And Moses made a vow for the people. And the  lord said to Moses, Make to yourself a serpent of brass, and put it upon a sign. And all having been bitten, beholding it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon a sign. And it came to pass whenever [2bit 1a serpent] a man, and he looked upon the serpent of brass, that he lived. 10 And [4departed 1the 2sons 3of Israel], and they camped in Oboth. 11 And lifting away from Oboth, they camped in Ije-abarim in the wilderness, which is against the face of Moab according to the east of the sun. 12 From there they departed and camped at the Ravine of Zared. 13 From there departing they camped in the other side of Arnon, in the wilderness protruding from the borders of the Amorites. [3is 1For 2Arnon] the boundary of Moab between Moab and the Amorite. 14 On account of this it says in the [2scroll 1war] of the  lord, Zoob set ablaze, and the rushing streams of Arnon. 15 And [2the 3rushing streams 1he established] to settle Ar, and it lies near to the boundaries of Moab. 16 And from there they came to The Well. This is the well which the  lord said to Moses, Gather together the people, and I will give to them water. 17 Then Israel sang this song at The Well, Take the lead to him, O Well; 18 [2dug 3it 1rulers]; [3quarried 1kings 2of nations] in their kingdoms, in their dominating. And from Well they went unto Mattanah. 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel. And from Nahaliel to Bamoth. And from Bamoth to Janen which is in the plain of Moab, seen from the top of the dressing of the stone -- the place looking down at the face of the wilderness. 20 And Israel sent ambassadors to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 21 We shall go through your land; we will not turn aside, neither into a field, nor into a vineyard; 22 nor shall we drink water from out of your well. [3way 2the royal 1We will go by], until whenever we pass by your borders. 23 And [2did not 3give permission 1Sihon] to Israel to go through his borders. And Sihon gathered together all his people, and came forth to deploy against Israel in the wilderness. And he came unto Jahaz, and deployed against Israel.

Israel Takes Heshbon

24 And [2struck 3him 1Israel] with a carnage of the sword; and they dominated his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, unto the sons of Ammon. For Jazer [2the boundaries 3of the sons 4of Ammon 1is]. 25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the ones falling in with it. 26 [3is 1For 2Heshbon] the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites. And this one waged war against the king of Moab formerly. And they took all his land from his hand unto Arnon. 27 On account of this [3say 1the 2ones speaking enigmas], Come into Heshbon, for [3should have been built 4and 5should have been carefully prepared 1the city 2of Sihon]; 28 for fire came forth from out of Heshbon, a flame from out of the city of Sihon, and it devoured unto Moab, and swallowed down the monuments of Arnon. 29 Woe to you Moab. You are destroyed people of Chemosh. [2were rendered over 1Their sons] to be preserved, and their daughters captives to the king of the Amorites -- Sihon. 30 And their seed shall perish -- Heshbon unto Dibon. And their women still burn a fire over Moab. 31 And Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to survey Jaazer, and they overtook it, and her towns, and they cast out the Amorite dwelling there. 33 And having turned they ascended the way unto Bashan. And came forth Og king of Bashan to meet with them, and all his people for war in Edrei. 34 And the  lord said to Moses, Do not fear him, for into your hands I have delivered him, and all his people, and all his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon. 35 And he struck him and his sons, and all his people, until there was not any of his being left behind for taking alive; and they inherited his land.
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