1The king of Arad, the Canaanite living in the Negeb, learned that Israel was coming by way ofAtharim. He attacked Israel and took some prisoners. 2Israel then made this vow to Yahweh, 'If you deliver this people into my power, I shal curse theirtowns with destruction.' 3Yahweh heard Israel's words and delivered the Canaanites into their power, and they destroyed themin accordance with their curse. Hence the place was given the name Hormah. 4They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt round Edom. On the way the people lostpatience. 5They spoke against God and against Moses, 'Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert?For there is neither food nor water here; we are sick of this meagre diet.' 6At this, God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. 7The people came and said to Moses, 'We have sinned by speaking against Yahweh and against you.Intercede for us with Yahweh to save us from these serpents.' Moses interceded for the people, 8and Yahweh replied, 'Make a fiery serpent and raise it as a standard. Anyone who is bitten and looksat it wil survive.' 9Moses then made a serpent out of bronze and raised it as a standard, and anyone who was bitten bya serpent and looked at the bronze serpent survived. 10The Israelites set out and camped at Oboth. 11Then they left Oboth and camped at Iye-Abarim, in the desert on the eastern border of Moab. 12They set out from there and camped in the gorge of the Zered. 13They set out from there and camped on the other side of the Arnon. This gorge in the desert beginsin the territory of the Amorites. For the Arnon is the frontier of Moab, between the Moabites and the Amorites. 14That is why it says in the Book of the Wars of Yahweh: '. . .Waheb near Suphah and the gorges ofthe Arnon 15and the slope of the ravine running down to the site of Ar and over against the frontier of Moab.' 16And from there they went to Beer, that being the well in connection with which Yahweh had said toMoses, 'Cal the people together and I wil give them water.' 17Then it was that Israel sang this song: Spring up, wel ! Sing out for the wel , 18sunk by the princes, dug by the people's leaders with the sceptre, with their staves! -and from thedesert to Mattanah, 19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20and from Bamoth to the val ey that opens into the country of Moab, towards the heights of Pisgahoverlooking the desert. 21Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites, 22'I wish to pass through your country. We shall not stray into the fields or vineyards; we shall not drinkthe water from the wells; we shal keep to the king's highway until we have passed through your territory.' 23But Sihon would not give Israel leave to pass through his country. He assembled al his people,marched into the desert to meet Israel, and reached Jahaz, where he gave battle to Israel. 24Israel defeated him by force of arms and conquered his country from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as faras the Ammonites, for Jazer marked the Ammonite frontier. 25Israel took all these towns. Israel occupied al the Amorite towns, Heshbon and al its dependencies, 26Heshbon being the capital of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had made war on the first king ofMoab and captured al his territory as far as the Arnon. 27Hence the poets say: Come to Heshbon! Let the city of Sihon be rebuilt on firm foundations! 28For fire has burst from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon, devouring Ar of Moab, engulfing theheights of the Arnon. 29Oh, unhappy Moab! People of Chemosh, you are lost! He has resigned his sons as fugitives, and hisdaughters as prisoners to Sihon king of the Amorites. 30Their posterity has been destroyed from Heshbon al the way to Dibon, and we have lit a fire all theway from Nophah to Medeba. 31Thus Israel occupied the Amorites' territory. 32Moses then sent men to reconnoitre Jazer, and Israel took it and its dependencies, evicting theAmorites who lived there. 33They then turned and marched on Bashan. Og king of Bashan and al his people marched to meetthem and give battle at Edrei. 34Yahweh said to Moses, 'Do not be afraid of him, for I have put him, al his people and his country atyour mercy. Treat him as you treated Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon.' 35So they pressed their attack against him, his sons and al his people until there was no one left alive.And they took possession of his country.
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