Numbers 21:1–35

Canaanites Defeated at Hormah

21 The aking of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim. Then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners. bSo Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then cI will utterly destroy their cities.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called 1Hormah.

The Bronze Serpent

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to dgo around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very 2discouraged on the way. And the people espoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul 3loathes this worthless bread.” So fthe Lord sent gfiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

hTherefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have isinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; jpray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, k“Make a lfiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So mMoses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

From Mount Hor to Moab

10 Now the children of Israel moved on and ncamped in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at 4Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 oFrom there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for pthe Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord:

5“Waheb in Suphah,

The brooks of the Arnon,

15 And the slope of the brooks

That reaches to the dwelling of qAr,

And lies on the border of Moab.”

16 From there they went rto Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” 17 sThen Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well!

All of you sing to it—

18 The well the leaders sank,

Dug by the nation’s nobles,

By the tlawgiver, with their staves.”

And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah, 19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the 6country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks udown on the 7wasteland.

King Sihon Defeated

21 Then vIsrael sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 w“Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.” 23 xBut Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and 8went out against Israel in the wilderness, yand he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 Then zIsrael defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. 25 So Israel took all these cities, and Israel adwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore those who speak in 9proverbs say:

“Come to Heshbon, let it be built;

Let the city of Sihon be repaired.

28 “For bfire went out from Heshbon,

A flame from the city of Sihon;

It consumed cAr of Moab,

The lords of the dheights of the Arnon.

29 Woe to you, eMoab!

You have perished, O people of fChemosh!

He has given his gsons as fugitives,

And his hdaughters into captivity,

To Sihon king of the Amorites.

30 “But we have shot at them;

Heshbon has perished ias far as Dibon.

Then we laid waste as far as Nophah,

Which reaches to jMedeba.”

31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 Then Moses sent to 1spy out kJazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.

King Og Defeated

33 lAnd they turned and went up by the way to mBashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle nat Edrei. 34 Then the Lord said to Moses, o“Do not fear him, for I have 2delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and pyou shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.” 35 qSo they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

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