- And Arad the Chananitish king who dwelt by the wilderness, heard that Israel came by the way of Atharin; and he made war on Israel, and carried off some of them captives.
Num 21:2 And Israel vowed a vow to the Lord, and said, If thou wilt deliver this people into my power, I will devote it and its cities to thee.
Num 21:3 And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered the Chananite into his power; and Israel devoted him and his cities, and they called the name of that place Anathema.
Num 21:4 And having departed from mount Or by the way leading to the Red Sea, they compassed the land of Edom, and the people lost courage by the way.
Num 21:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, saying, Why is this? Hast thou brought us ought of Egypt to slay us in the wilderness? for there is not bread nor water; and our soul loathes this light bread.
Num 21:6 And the Lord sent among the people deadly serpents, and they bit the people, and much people of the children of Israel died.
Num 21:7 And the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee: pray therefore to the Lord, and let him take away the serpent from us.
Num 21:8 And Moses prayed to the Lord for the people; and the Lord said to Moses, Make thee a serpent, and put it on a signal-staff; and it shall come to pass that whenever a serpent shall bite a man, every one so bitten that looks upon it shall live.
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a signal-staff: and it came to pass that whenever a serpent bit a man, and he looked on the brazen serpent, he lived.
Num 21:10 And the children of Israel departed, and encamped in Oboth.
Num 21:11 And having departed from Oboth, they encamped in Achalgai, on the farther side in the wilderness, which is opposite Moab, toward the east.
Num 21:12 And thence they departed, and encamped in the valley of Zared.
Num 21:13 And they departed thence and encamped on the other side of Arnon in the wilderness, the country which extends from the coasts of the Amorites; for Arnon is the borders of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in a book, A war of the Lord has set on fire Zoob, and the brooks of Arnon.
Num 21:15 And he has appointed brooks to cause Er to dwell there; and it lies near to the coasts of Moab.
Num 21:16 And thence they came to the well; this is the well of which the Lord said to Moses, Gather the people, and I will give them water to drink.
Num 21:17 Then Israel sang this song at the well, Begin to sing of the well;
Num 21:18 the princes digged it, the kings of the nations in their kingdom, in their lordship sank it in the rock: and they went from the well to Manthanain,
Num 21:19 and from Manthanain to Naaliel, and from Naaliel to Bamoth, and from Bamoth to Janen, which is in the plain of Moab as seen from the top of the quarried rock that looks toward the wilderness.
Num 21:20 And Moses sent ambassadors to Seon king of the Amorites, with peaceable words, saying,
Num 21:21 We will pass through thy land, we will go by the road; we will not turn aside to the field or to the vineyard.
Num 21:22 We will not drink water out of thy well; we will go by the king's highway, until we have past thy boundaries.
Num 21:23 And Seon did not allow Israel to pass through his borders, and Seon gathered all his people, and went out to set the battle in array against Israel into the wilderness; and he came to Jassa, and set the battle in array against Israel.
Num 21:24 And Israel smote him with the slaughter of the sword, and they became possessors of his land, from Arnon to Jaboc, as far as the children of Amman, for Jazer is the borders of the children of Amman.
Num 21:25 And Israel took all their cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Esebon, and in all cities belonging to it.
Num 21:26 For Esebon is the city of Seon king of the Amorites; and he before fought against the king of Moab, and they took all his land, from Aroer to Arnon.
Num 21:27 Therefore say they who deal in dark speeches, Come to Esebon, that the city of Seon may be built and prepared.
Num 21:28 For a fire has gone forth from Esebon, a flame from the city of Seon, and has consumed as far as Moab, and devoured the pillars of Arnon.
Num 21:29 Woe to thee, Moab; thou art lost, thou people of Chamos: their sons are sold for preservation, and their daughters are captives to Seon king of the Amorites.
Num 21:30 And their seed shall perish from Esebon to Dæbon; and their women have yet farther kindled a fire against Moab.
Num 21:31 And Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites.
Num 21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took it, and its villages, and cast out the Amorite that dwelt there.
Num 21:33 And having returned, they went up the road that leads to Basan; and Og the king of Basan went forth to meet them, and all his people to war to Edrain.
Num 21:34 And the Lord said to Moses, Fear him not; for I have delivered him and all his people, and all his land, into thy hands; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst to Seon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Esebon.
Num 21:35 And he smote him and his sons, and all his people, until he left none of his to be taken alive; and they inherited the land.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]