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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Deuteronomy 2:1–3:22

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Wanderings in the Wilderness

1aThen we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the 1Red Sea, as the Lord spoke to me, and circled bMount Seir for many days.

2 “And the Lord spoke to me, saying,

3 ‘You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north,

4 aand command the people, saying, “You will pass through the bterritory of your brothers the sons of Esau who live in Seir; and cthey will be afraid of you. So be very careful;

5 do not 1provoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a 2footstep abecause I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.

6 “You shall buy food from them with money so that you may eat, and you shall also purchase water from them with money so that you may drink.

7 “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all 1that you have done; He has known your 2wanderings through this agreat wilderness. These bforty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.” ’

8 “So we passed beyond our brothers the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the aArabah road, away from Elath and bfrom Ezion-geber. And we turned and passed through by the way of the wilderness of Moab.

9 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of 1their land as a possession, because I have given aAr to bthe sons of Lot as a possession.

10 (The aEmim lived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim.

11 Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as aRephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim.

12 aThe Horites formerly lived in Seir, but the sons of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, bjust as Israel did to the land of 1their possession which the Lord gave to them.)

13 ‘Now arise and cross over the 1brook Zered yourselves.’ So we crossed over the 1brook Zered.

14 “Now the 1time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the 2brook Zered was athirty-eight years, until ball the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as cthe Lord had sworn to them.

15 “aMoreover the hand of the Lord was against them, to destroy them from within the camp until they all perished.

16 “So it came about when aall the men of war had finally perished from among the people,

17 that the Lord spoke to me, saying,

18 ‘Today you shall cross over aAr, the border of Moab.

19 ‘When you come opposite the asons of Ammon, do not harass them nor provoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to bthe sons of Lot as a possession.’

20 (It is also regarded as the land of the aRephaim, for Rephaim formerly lived in it, but the Ammonites call them Zamzummin,

21 a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim, but the Lord destroyed them before them. And they dispossessed them and settled in their place,

22 just as He did for the sons of Esau, who alive in Seir, when He destroyed bthe Horites from before them; they dispossessed them and settled in their place even to this day.

23 And the aAvvim, who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the 1bCaphtorim who came from 2cCaphtor, destroyed them and lived in their place.)

24 ‘Arise, set out, and pass through the 1avalley of Arnon. Look! I have given Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land into your hand; begin to take possession and contend with him in battle.

25 ‘This day I will begin to put athe dread and fear of you 1upon the peoples 2everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, bwill tremble and be in anguish because of you.’

26aSo I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,

27 ‘Let me pass through your land, I will 1travel only on the highway; I will not turn aside to the right or to the left.

28 ‘You will sell me food for money so that I may eat, and give me water for money so that I may drink, aonly let me pass through on 1foot,

29 just as the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in aAr did for me, until I cross over the Jordan into the land which the Lord our God is giving to us.’

30 “But aSihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass 1through his land; for the bLord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.

31 “The Lord said to me, ‘See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his land 1over to you. Begin to 2occupy, that you may possess his land.’

32 “Then Sihon 1with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz.

33 “aThe Lord our God delivered him 1over to us, and we 2bdefeated him with his sons and all his people.

34 “So we captured all his cities at that time and 1autterly destroyed 2the men, women and children of every city. We left no survivor.

35 “We took aonly the animals as our booty and the spoil of the cities which we had captured.

36 “From aAroer which is on the edge of the 1valley of Arnon and from the city which is in the 1valley, even to Gilead, there was no city that was too high for us; the Lord our God delivered all 2over to us.

37 “aOnly you did not go near to the land of the sons of Ammon, all along the 1river bJabbok and the cities of the hill country, and wherever the Lord our God had commanded us.

Chapter 3

Conquests Recounted

1aThen we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan, 1with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Edrei.

2 “But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’

3 “So the Lord our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan, with all his people into our hand, and we smote 1them until no survivor was 2left.

4 “We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of aArgob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

5 “All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many 1unwalled towns.

6 “We 1utterly destroyed them, as we did to aSihon king of Heshbon, 2butterly destroying 3the men, women and children of every city.

7 “aBut all the animals and the spoil of the cities we took as our booty.

8aThus we took the land at that time from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the 1valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon

9 (Sidonians acall Hermon bSirion, and the Amorites call it cSenir):

10 all the cities of the plateau and all Gilead and aall Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

11 (For only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the aRephaim. Behold, his 1bedstead was an iron 1bedstead; it is in bRabbah of the sons of Ammon. Its length was nine cubits and its width four cubits 2by ordinary cubit.)

12 “So we took possession of this land at that time. From aAroer, which is by the 1valley of Arnon, and half the hill country of bGilead and its cities I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

13 “The rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the region of Argob (concerning all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim.

14 aJair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called 1it, that is, Bashan, after his own name, 2Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.)

15 “aTo Machir I gave Gilead.

16 “To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even as far as the 1valley of Arnon, the middle of the 1valley 2as a border and as far as the 1river aJabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon;

17 the Arabah also, with the Jordan 1as a border, from 2aChinnereth beven as far as the sea of the Arabah, cthe Salt Sea, 3at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the east.

18 “Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘aThe Lord your God has given you this land to possess it; ball you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel.

19 ‘aBut your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have bmuch livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you,

20 auntil the Lord gives rest to your fellow countrymen as to you, and they also possess the land which the Lord your God will give them beyond the Jordan. bThen you may return every man to his possession which I have given you.’

21 “I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so the Lord shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross.

22 ‘Do not fear them, for the Lord your God ais the one fighting for you.’

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