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Rejection by the Edomites

20:14 22 Moses23 sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom:24 “Thus says your brother Israel: ‘You know all the hardships we have experienced,25 20:15 how our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time,26 and the Egyptians treated us and our ancestors badly.27 20:16 So when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent a messenger,28 and has brought us up out of Egypt. Now29 we are here in Kadesh, a town on the edge of your country.30 20:17 Please let us pass through31 your country. We will not pass through the fields or through the vineyards, nor will we drink water from any well. We will go by the King’s Highway;32 we will not turn to the right or the left until we have passed through your region.’ ”33

20:18 But Edom said to him, “You will not pass through me,34 or I will come out against35 you with the sword.” 20:19 Then the Israelites said to him, “We will go along the highway, and if we36 or our cattle drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We will only pass through on our feet, without doing anything else.”

20:20 But he said, “You may not pass through.” Then Edom came out against them37 with a large and powerful force.38 20:21 So Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border; therefore Israel turned away from him.


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