4 ‘And the people command thou, saying, Ye are passing over into the border of your brethren, sons of Esau, who are dwelling in Seir, and they are afraid of you; and ye have been very watchful, 5ye do not strive with them, for I do not give to you of their land even the treading of the sole of a foot; for a possession to Esau I have given mount Seir.
6 ‘Food ye buy from them with money, and have eaten; and also water ye buy from them with money, and have drunk, 7for Jehovah thy God hath blessed thee in all the work of thy hands; He hath known thy walking in this great wilderness these forty years; Jehovah thy God is with thee; thou hast not lacked anything.
8 ‘And we pass by from our brethren, sons of Esau, who are dwelling in Seir, by the way of the plain, by Elath, and by Ezion-Gaber; and we turn, and pass over the way of the wilderness of Moab; 9and Jehovah saith unto me, Do not distress Moab, nor stir thyself up against them in battle, for I do not give to thee of their land for a possession; for to the sons of Lot I have given Ar for a possession.’ 10‘The Emim formerly have dwelt in it, a people great, and numerous, and tall, as the Anakim; 11Rephaim they are reckoned, they also, as the Anakim; and the Moabites call them Emim. 12And in Seir have the Horim dwelt formerly; and the sons of Esau dispossess them, and destroy them from before them, and dwell in their stead, as Israel hath done to the land of his possession, which Jehovah hath given to them; 13now, rise ye, and pass over for yourselves the brook Zered; and we pass over the brook Zered.
14 ‘And the days which we have walked from Kadesh-Barnea until that we have passed over the brook Zered, are thirty and eight years, till the consumption of all the generation of the men of battle from the midst of the camp, as Jehovah hath sworn to them; 15and also the hand of Jehovah hath been against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp, till they are consumed.
16 ‘And it cometh to pass, when all the men of battle have finished dying from the midst of the people, 17that Jehovah speaketh unto me, saying, 18Thou art passing over to-day the border of Moab, even Ar, 19and thou hast come near over-against the sons of Ammon, thou dost not distress them, nor stir up thyself against them, for I do not give any of the land of the sons of Ammon to thee for a possession; for to the sons of Lot I have given it for a possession.
20 ‘A land of Rephaim it is reckoned, even it; Rephaim dwelt in it formerly, and the Ammonites call them Zamzummim; 21a people great, and numerous, and tall, as the Anakim, and Jehovah destroyeth them before them, and they dispossess them, and dwell in their stead, 22as He hath done for the sons of Esau, who are dwelling in Seir, when He destroyed the Horim from before them, and they dispossess them, and dwell in their stead, unto this day.
24 ‘Rise ye, journey and pass over the brook Arnon; see, I have given into thy hand Sihon king of Heshbon, the Amorite, and his land; begin to possess, and stir up thyself against him in battle. 25This day I begin to put thy dread and thy fear on the face of the peoples under the whole heavens, who hear thy fame, and have trembled and been pained because of thee.
26 ‘And I send messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth, unto Sihon king of Heshbon,—words of peace—saying, 27Let me pass over through thy land; in the several ways I go; I turn not aside—right or left— 28food for money thou dost sell me, and I have eaten; and water for money thou dost give to me, and I have drunk; only, let me pass over on my feet,— 29as the sons of Esau who are dwelling in Seir, and the Moabites who are dwelling in Ar, have done to me—till that I pass over the Jordan, unto the land which Jehovah our God is giving to us.
30 ‘And Sihon king of Heshbon hath not been willing to let us pass over by him, for Jehovah thy God hath hardened his spirit, and strengthened his heart, so as to give him into thy hand as at this day.
32 ‘And Sihon cometh out to meet us, he and all his people, to battle to Jahaz; 33and Jehovah our God giveth him before us, and we smite him, and his sons, and all his people; 34and we capture all his cities at that time, and devote the whole city, men, and the women, and the infants—we have not left a remnant; 35only, the cattle we have spoiled for ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we have captured.
36 ‘From Aroer, which is by the edge of the brook Arnon, and the city which is by the brook, even unto Gilead there hath not been a city which is too high for us; the whole hath Jehovah our God given before us.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.