Numbers 21

Arad Conquered

1When the Canaanite, the king of a  Arad, who lived in the
I.e. South country
Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the way of
Or the spies
Atharim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.
2So d  Israel made a vow to the  Lord and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will
Lit devote to destruction
utterly destroy their cities.”
3The  Lord heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites; then they
Lit devoted to destruction
utterly destroyed them and their cities. Thus the name of the place was called
I.e. a devoted thing; or Destruction
,
h  Hormah.

4Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea, to j  go around the land of Edom; and the
Lit soul of the people was short
people became impatient because of the journey.
5The people spoke against God and Moses l  Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no
Lit bread
food and no water, and
Lit our soul loathes
,
o  we loathe this miserable food.”

The Bronze Serpent

6 p  The  Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and q  they bit the people, so that r  many people of Israel died. 7 s  So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the  Lord and you; t  intercede with the  Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. 8Then the  Lord said to Moses,
Lit Make for yourself
Make a v  fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.”
9And Moses made a w  bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

10 x  Now the sons of Israel moved out and camped in Oboth. 11They journeyed from Oboth and camped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, to the
Lit sunrise
east.
12 z  From there they set out and camped in
I.e. a dry ravine except during rainy season
Wadi Zered.
13From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites ab  for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the  Lord, Waheb in Suphah,
And the wadis of the Arnon,
15And the slope of the wadis
That extends to the site of ac  Ar,
And leans to the border of Moab.”

16 ad  From there they continued to
I.e. a well
Beer, that is the well where the  Lord said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.”

17 af  Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well! Sing to it!
18The well, which the leaders sank,
Which the nobles of the people dug,
With the scepter and with their staffs.”
And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,

19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the
Or Jeshimon
wasteland.

Two Victories

21 ah  Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying, 22 ai  Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king’s highway until we have passed through your border.” 23 aj  But Sihon would not permit Israel to pass through his border. So Sihon gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to ak  Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24Then al  Israel
Lit smote, so with Gr and Lat
struck him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the sons of Ammon; for the an  border of the sons of Ammon was
M.T. reads strong
Jazer.
25Israel took all these cities and ap  Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her
Lit daughters
villages.
26For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon. 27Therefore those who use proverbs say, Come to Heshbon! Let it be built!
So let the city of Sihon be established.
28 ar  For a fire went forth from Heshbon,
A flame from the town of Sihon;
It devoured as  Ar of Moab,
The
Lit lords of the
,
au  dominant
Or Bamoth
heights of the Arnon.
29 aw  Woe to you, O Moab!
You are ruined, O people of ax  Chemosh!
ay  He has given his sons as fugitives,
az  And his daughters into captivity,
To an Amorite king, Sihon.
30But we have cast them down,
Heshbon is ruined as far as ba  Dibon,
Then we have laid waste even to Nophah,
Which reaches to Medeba.”

31Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites. 32Moses sent to spy out bb  Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

33 bc  Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out
Lit he and
with all his people, for battle at be  Edrei.
34But the  Lord said to Moses, bf  Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” 35So bg  they
Lit smote
killed him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him; and they possessed his land.
Copyright information for NASB_th