Deuteronomy 2

Wanderings in the Wilderness

1 a  Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea, as the  Lord spoke to me, and circled c  Mount Seir for many days.
2“And the  Lord spoke to me, saying, 3You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north, 4 d  and command the people, saying, “You will pass through the e  territory of your brothers the sons of Esau who live in Seir; and f  they will be afraid of you. So be very careful; 5do not
Or engage in strife with
provoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a
Lit treading of a sole of a foot
footstep i  because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.
6You shall buy food from them with money so that you may eat, and you shall also purchase water from them with money so that you may drink. 7“For the  Lord your God has blessed you in all
Lit the work of your hand
that you have done; He has known your
Lit goings
wanderings through this l  great wilderness. These m  forty years the  Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”’

8So we passed beyond our brothers the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the n  Arabah road, away from Elath and o  from Ezion-geber. And we turned and passed through by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9“Then the  Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of
Lit his
their land as a possession, because I have given q  Ar to r  the sons of Lot as a possession.’
10(The s  Emim lived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim. 11Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as t  Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim. 12 u  The Horites formerly lived in Seir, but the sons of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place v  just as Israel did to the land of
Lit his
their possession which the  Lord gave to them.)
13Now arise and cross over the
Or wadi
brook Zered yourselves.’ So we crossed over the
Or wadi
brook Zered.
14“Now the
Lit days in which we went
time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the
Or wadi
brook Zered was ab  thirty-eight years, until ac  all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as ad  the  Lord had sworn to them.
15 ae  Moreover the hand of the  Lord was against them, to destroy them from within the camp until they all perished.

16So it came about when af  all the men of war had finally perished from among the people, 17that the  Lord spoke to me, saying, 18Today you shall cross over ag  Ar, the border of Moab. 19When you come opposite the ah  sons of Ammon, do not harass them nor provoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to ai  the sons of Lot as a possession.’ 20(It is also regarded as the land of the aj  Rephaim, for Rephaim formerly lived in it, but the Ammonites call them Zamzummin, 21a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim, but the  Lord destroyed them before them. And they dispossessed them and settled in their place, 22just as He did for the sons of Esau, who ak  live in Seir, when He destroyed al  the Horites from before them; they dispossessed them and settled in their place even to this day. 23And the am  Avvim, who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the
I.e. Philistines
,
ao  Caphtorim who came from
I.e. Crete
,
aq  Caphtor, destroyed them and lived in their place.)
24Arise, set out, and pass through the
Or wadi
,
as  valley of Arnon. Look! I have given Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land into your hand; begin to take possession and contend with him in battle.
25This day I will begin to put at  the dread and fear of you
Lit in front of
upon the peoples
Lit under all the heavens
everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, aw  will tremble and be in anguish because of you.’

26 ax  So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, 27Let me pass through your land, I will
Lit go by the way
travel only on the highway; I will not turn aside to the right or to the left.
28You will sell me food for money so that I may eat, and give me water for money so that I may drink, az  only let me pass through on
Lit my feet
foot,
29just as the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in bb  Ar did for me, until I cross over the Jordan into the land which the  Lord our God is giving to us.’ 30“But bc  Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass
Lit by him
through his land; for the be   Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.
31“The  Lord said to me, ‘See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his land
Lit before you
over to you. Begin to
Lit possess
occupy, that you may possess his land.’

32Then Sihon
Lit he and
with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz.
33 bi  “The  Lord our God delivered him
Lit before us
over to us, and we
Lit smote
,
bl  defeated him with his sons and all his people.
34So we captured all his cities at that time and
Or put under the ban
,
bn  utterly destroyed
Lit every city of man...
the men, women and children of every city. We left no survivor.
35We took bp  only the animals as our booty and the spoil of the cities which we had captured. 36“From bq  Aroer which is on the edge of the
Or wadi
valley of Arnon and from the city which is in the
Or wadi
valley, even to Gilead, there was no city that was too high for us; the  Lord our God delivered all
Lit before us
over to us.
37 bu  Only you did not go near to the land of the sons of Ammon, all along the
Or wadi
river bw  Jabbok and the cities of the hill country, and wherever the  Lord our God had commanded us.
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