The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 21:21–35

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21  And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying

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.

21  And the LORD said to Moses: Arise and jorney and pass the stream of Arnon. And see that I give in your hand Sihon king of Heshbon of Amorites. And begin to possess his land and anger him in war. As today I begin to give awe and fears before the faces of the people under all heavens. And when they will hear you, they will quiver and writhe from your face. And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites with sayings of peace, saying

22  'Let me pass through thy 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 thy border.'

22  We will not drink water out of thy well; we will go by the king’s highway, until we have past thy boundaries.

22  Let me pass through thy land: in way of the king I shall go and not stray right or left. We will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; food with silver we shall buy to eat, and water with silver we shall purchase from you to drink. Only allow me to cross over as they allowed us sons of Esau, the ones dwelling in Seir, and Moabites that dwell in Ar, until we cross your boundary.

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23  And Sihon would not suffer 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.

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24  And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from the Arnon unto the Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

24  And he was struck down by them with the edge of the sword, and they possessed his land from Arnon, even to Jabbok and the sons of Ammon. For the borders of the Ammonites were held by a strong fortress.

25  And Israel took all these cities; and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the towns thereof.

25  Therefore, Israel took all his cities and lived in the cities of the Amorite, namely, in Heshbon and its villages.

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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 unto the Arnon.

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.

26  Heshbon was the city of Sihon, the king of the Amorites, who fought against the king of Moab. And he took all the land, which had been under his sovereignty, as far as Arnon.

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27  Wherefore they that speak in parables say: Come ye to Heshbon! let the city of Sihon be built and established!

27  Therefore say they who deal in dark speeches, Come to Esebon, that the city of Seon may be built and prepared.

27  About this, it is said in the proverb: “Enter into Heshbon. Let the city of Sihon be established and built.

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28  For a fire is gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it hath devoured Ar of Moab, the lords of the high places of Arnon.

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.

28  A fire has gone forth from Heshbon, a flame from the town of Sihon, and it has devoured Ar of the Moabites, and the inhabitants of the heights of Arnon.

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29  Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh; he hath given his sons as fugitives, and his daughters into captivity, unto Sihon king of the Amorites.

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.

29  Woe to you, O Arnon! Woe to you, O Moab! You are destroyed, O people of Chemosh; he has given his sons hostages, and his daughters into captivity to Sihon king of the Amorites.

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30  We have shot at them--Heshbon is perished--even unto Dibon, and we have laid waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

30  And their seed shall perish from Esebon to Daebon; and their women have yet farther kindled a fire against Moab.

30  The fields of Heshbon have perished as far as Ribon, and have been laid waste as far as Lanhakh, which is in the wilderness.

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31  Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

31  And Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites.

31  And so Israel lived in the land of the Amorite.

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32  And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they took the towns thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

32  And Moses sent some to explore Jazer. These captured its villages and possessed its inhabitants.

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33  And 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.

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.

33  And they turned themselves and ascended, along the way of Bashan. And Og, the king of Bashan, met them with all his people, to fight at Edrei.

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34  And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Fear him not; for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.'

34  And the Lord said to Moses: “Do not be afraid of him. For I have delivered him, and all his people, as well as his land, into your hand. And you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon, the king of the Amorites, the inhabitant of Heshbon.”

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35  So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him remaining; and they possessed his land.

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 his land.

35  Therefore, they struck him down also, with his sons, and all his people, even to utter destruction, and they possessed his land.