1 The Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the South, heard
tell that Israel came by the way of Atharim; and he fought against Israel,
and took some of them captive. 2 Israel vowed a vow to Yahweh, and said,
If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly
destroy their cities. 3 Yahweh listened to the voice of Israel, and
delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their
cities: and the name of the place was called Hormah. 4 They traveled from
Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the
soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5 The people
spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you brought us up out of
Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, and there is no water;
and our soul loathes this light bread. 6 Yahweh sent fiery serpents among
the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7 The
people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, because we have spoken
against Yahweh, and against you; pray to Yahweh, that he take away the
serpents from us. Moses prayed for the people. 8 Yahweh said to Moses,
Make you a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard: and it shall happen, that
everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live. 9 Moses made a
serpent of brass, and set it on the standard: and it happened, that if a
serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the serpent of brass, he lived.
10 The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in Oboth. 11 They
traveled from Oboth, and encamped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is
before Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 From there they traveled, and
encamped in the valley of Zered. 13 From there they traveled, and
encamped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness, that
comes out of the border of the Amorites: for the Arnon is the border of Moab,
between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore it is said in the book of the
Wars of Yahweh,
Vaheb in Suphah,
The valleys of the Arnon,
15 The slope of the valleys
That inclines toward the dwelling of Ar,
Leans on the border of Moab.
16 From there they traveled to Beer: that is the well whereof
Yahweh said to Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them
17 Then sang Israel this song:
Spring up, well; sing you to it:
18 The well, which the princes dug,
Which the nobles of the people dug,
With the scepter, and with their poles.
From the wilderness they traveled to Mattanah; 19 and from
Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth; 20 and from Bamoth to
the valley that is in the field of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looks
down on the desert. 21 Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the
Amorites, saying, 22 Let me pass through your land: we will not turn aside
into field, or into vineyard; we will not drink of the water of the wells: we
will go by the kingís highway, until we have passed your border. 23 Sihon
would not allow Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his
people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness, and came to
Jahaz; and he fought against Israel. 24 Israel struck him with the edge of
the sword, and possessed his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, even to the
children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
25 Israel took all these cities: and Israel lived in all the cities of the
Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the towns of it. 26 For Heshbon was the
city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former
king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even to the Arnon.
27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say,
Come you to Heshbon;
Let the city of Sihon be built and established:
28 For a fire is gone out of Heshbon,
A flame from the city of Sihon:
It has devoured Ar of Moab,
The lords of the high places of the Arnon.
29 Woe to you, Moab!
You are undone, people of Chemosh:
He has given his sons as fugitives,
His daughters into captivity,
To Sihon king of the Amorites.
30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even to Dibon,
We have laid waste even to Nophah,
Which reaches to Medeba.
31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites. 32 Moses sent to spy
out Jazer; and they took the towns of it, and drove out the Amorites who were
there. 33 They turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of
Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34 Yahweh said to Moses, Donít fear him: for I have delivered 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. 35 So they struck
him, and his sons and all his people, until there was none left him
remaining: and they possessed his land.
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