Wanderings in the Wilderness1 a “Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the ▼
▼ Lit Sea of ReedsRed Sea, as the Lord spoke to me, and circled c Mount Seir for many days. 2 “And the Lord spoke to me, saying, 3 ‘You 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; 5 do not ▼
▼ Or engage in strife withprovoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a ▼
▼ Lit treading of a sole of a footfootstep i because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. 6 “You 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 handthat you have done; He has known your ▼
▼ Lit goingswanderings through this l great wilderness. These m forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”’ 8 “So 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 histheir 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. 11 Like 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 histheir possession which the Lord gave to them.) 13 ‘Now arise and cross over the ▼ brook Zered yourselves.’ So we crossed over the ▼ brook Zered. 14 “Now the ▼
▼ Lit days in which we wenttime that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the ▼ 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. 16 “So it came about when af all the men of war had finally perished from among the people, 17 that the Lord spoke to me, saying, 18 ‘Today you shall cross over ag Ar, the border of Moab. 19 ‘When 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, 21 a 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, 22 just 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. 23 And 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.) 24 ‘Arise, set out, and pass through the ▼ , 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. 25 ‘This day I will begin to put at the dread and fear of you ▼
▼ Lit in front ofupon the peoples ▼
▼ Lit under all the heavenseverywhere 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, 27 ‘Let me pass through your land, I will ▼
▼ Lit go by the waytravel only on the highway; I will not turn aside to the right or to the left. 28 ‘You 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 feetfoot, 29 just 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 himthrough 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 youover to you. Begin to ▼
▼ Lit possessoccupy, that you may possess his land.’ 32 “Then Sihon ▼
▼ Lit he andwith all his people came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz. 33 bi “The Lord our God delivered him ▼
▼ Lit before usover to us, and we ▼
▼ Lit smote, bl defeated him with his sons and all his people. 34 “So 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. 35 “We 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 ▼ valley of Arnon and from the city which is in the ▼ valley, even to Gilead, there was no city that was too high for us; the Lord our God delivered all ▼
▼ Lit before usover to us. 37 bu “Only you did not go near to the land of the sons of Ammon, all along the ▼ river bw Jabbok and the cities of the hill country, and wherever the Lord our God had commanded us.
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