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Chapter 21

1The 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. 2Israel vowed a vow to Yahweh, and said, If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities. 3Yahweh 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. 4They 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. 5The 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. 6Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7The 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. 8Yahweh 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. 9Moses 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. 10The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in Oboth. 11They traveled from Oboth, and encamped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrise. 12From there they traveled, and encamped in the valley of Zered. 13From 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. 14Therefore it is said in the book of the Wars of Yahweh,

Vaheb in Suphah,

The valleys of the Arnon,

15The slope of the valleys

That inclines toward the dwelling of Ar,

Leans on the border of Moab.

16From there they traveled to Beer: that is the well of which Yahweh said to Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

17Then sang Israel this song:

Spring up, well; sing you to it:

18The 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; 19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth; 20and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the field of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looks down on the desert. 21Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22Let 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 king’s highway, until we have passed your border. 23Sihon 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. 24Israel 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. 25Israel took all these cities: and Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the towns of it. 26For 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. 27Therefore those who speak in proverbs say,

Come you to Heshbon;

Let the city of Sihon be built and established:

28For 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.

29Woe 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.

30We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even to Dibon,

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 Jazer; and they took the towns of it, and drove out the Amorites who were there. 33They 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. 34Yahweh said to Moses, Don’t 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. 35So 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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