The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 21:10–20

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10  And the children of Israel journeyed, and pitched in Oboth.

10  And the sons of Israel, setting out, made camp at Oboth.

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11  And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is in front of Moab, toward the sun-rising.

11  And having departed from Oboth, they encamped in Achalgai, on the farther side in the wilderness, which is opposite Moab, toward the east.

11  Having departed from there, they pitched their tents at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness, which looks out toward Moab, opposite the eastern region.

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12  From thence they journeyed, and pitched in the valley of Zered.

12  And moving from there, they arrived at the Torrent of Zared.

12  And the LORD said to Moses: Don't besiege Moab and don't anger them, as I will not give you his land for a possession. Because I gave Ar to the sons of Lot for a possession. From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared.

13  From thence they journeyed, and pitched on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness, that cometh out of the border of the Amorites.--For Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites;

13  Having left that place behind, they then made camp opposite Arnon, which is in the desert, and which juts out at the borders of the Amorite. For certainly Arnon is at the limit of Moab, dividing the Moabites and the Amorites.

13  And the LORD said to Moses to say: You are today before the boundary of Moab. Be watchful when you come near the sons of Ammon. And not besiege and anger them as I will not give you from the land of sons of Ammon for a possession, because to the sons of Lot I gave it for a possession. From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is over in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

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14  wherefore it is said in the book of the Wars of YHWH: Vaheb in Suphah, and the valleys of Arnon,

14  Therefore it is said in a book, A war of the Lord has set on fire Zoob, and the brooks of Arnon.

14  About this place, it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord: “As he did at the Red Sea, so will he do at the Torrents of Arnon.”

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15  And the slope of the valleys that inclineth toward the seat of Ar, and leaneth upon the border of Moab.--

15  The stones of the torrents were bent, so that they might rest in Ar and lie back within the borders of the Moabites.

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16  And from thence to Beer; that is the well whereof YHWH said unto Moses: 'Gather the people together, and I will give them water.'

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.

16  Beyond that place appeared a well, about which the Lord said to Moses: “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”

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17  Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well--sing ye unto it--

17  Then Israel sang this song at the well, Begin to sing of the well;

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18  The well, which the princes digged, which the nobles of the people delved, with the sceptre, and with their staves. And from the wilderness to Mattanah;

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,

18  “The well, the leaders dug it, and the commanders of the multitude prepared it, at the direction of the lawgiver, and with their staffs.”

19  and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth;

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.

19  They went from the wilderness to Mattanah, from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,

20  and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the field of Moab, by the top of Pisgah, which looketh down upon the desert.

20  And Moses sent ambassadors to Seon king of the Amorites, with peaceable words, saying,

20  from Bamoth, a valley in the region of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looks out opposite the desert.