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Deuteronomy 3:1–4:49

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King Og Defeated

3 “Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan; and aOg king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle bat Edrei. And the Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; you shall do to him as you did to cSihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.’

“So the Lord our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people, and we 1attacked him until he had no survivors remaining. And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, dall the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a great many rural towns. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king eof Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city. But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as booty for ourselves.

“And at that time we took the fland from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount gHermon (the Sidonians call hHermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir), 10 iall the cities of the plain, all Gilead, and jall Bashan, as far as Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

11 k“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of lthe 2giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in mRabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit.

The Land East of the Jordan Divided

12 “And this nland, which we possessed at that time, ofrom Aroer, which is by the River Arnon, and half the mountains of Gilead and pits cities, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites. 13 qThe rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh. (All the region of Argob, with all Bashan, was called the land of the 3giants. 14 rJair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, sas far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and tcalled Bashan after his own name, 4Havoth Jair, to this day.)

15 “Also I gave uGilead to Machir. 16 And to the Reubenites vand the Gadites I gave from Gilead as far as the River Arnon, the middle of the river as the border, as far as the River Jabbok, wthe border of the people of Ammon; 17 the plain also, with the Jordan as the border, from Chinnereth xas far as the east side of the Sea of the Arabah y(the Salt Sea), below the slopes of Pisgah.

18 “Then I commanded you at that time, saying: ‘The Lord your God has given you this land to possess. zAll you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel. 19 But your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall stay in your cities which I have given you, 20 until the Lord has given arest to your brethren as to you, and they also possess the land which the Lord your God is giving them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may breturn to his possession which I have given you.’

21 “And cI commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. 22 You must not fear them, for dthe Lord your God Himself fights for you.’

Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land

23 “Then eI pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying: 24 ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant fYour greatness and Your 5mighty hand, for gwhat god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? 25 I pray, let me cross over and see hthe good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.’

26 “But the Lord iwas angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the Lord said to me: ‘Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27 jGo up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 But kcommand 6Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’

29 “So we stayed in lthe valley opposite Beth Peor.

Moses Commands Obedience

4 “Now, O Israel, listen to athe statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and 1possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you. bYou shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at cBaal Peor; for the Lord your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is dyour wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’

“For ewhat great nation is there that has fGod 2so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? Only take heed to yourself, and diligently gkeep yourself, lest you hforget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And iteach them to your children and your grandchildren, 10 especially concerning jthe day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’

11 “Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12 kAnd the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no 3form; lyou only heard a voice. 13 mSo He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, nthe Ten Commandments; and oHe wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 And pthe Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might 4observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.

Beware of Idolatry

15 q“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no rform when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16 lest you sact corruptly and tmake for yourselves a carved image in the 5form of any figure: uthe likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. 19 And take heed, lest you vlift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, wall the host of heaven, you feel driven to xworship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has 6given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. 20 But the Lord has taken you and ybrought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be zHis people, an inheritance, as you are this day. 21 Furthermore athe Lord was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that bI would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 But cI must die in this land, dI must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and 7possess ethat good land. 23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, fand make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. 24 For gthe Lord your God is a consuming fire, ha jealous God.

25 “When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and ido evil in the sight of the Lord your God to provoke Him to anger, 26 jI call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not 8prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27 And the Lord kwill scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. 28 And lthere you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, mwhich neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 nBut from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in 9distress, and all these things come upon you in the olatter days, when you pturn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor qdestroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

32 “For rask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask sfrom one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard. 33 tDid any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34 Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, uby trials, vby signs, by wonders, by war, wby a mighty hand and xan outstretched arm, yand by great 1terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown, …

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