|Deuteronomy 2 |
1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD had spoken to me, and we camped around mount Seir many days.
2 And the LORD spoke to me, saying,
3 "You have camped around this mountain long enough; turn northward.
4 And command the people, saying, 'You are to pass through the coast of your brothers the children of Esau, who dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you. Therefore listen closely and heed yourselves to my instructions.
5 Do not meddle with them for I will not give you any of their land; no, not so much as a foot in size because I have given mount Seir to Esau for a possession.
6 You shall buy food from them for money so that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them for money so that you may drink.
7 For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the works of your hands. He knows of your walking through this great wilderness, and in these forty years that the LORD your God has been with you, you have lacked nothing.'"
8 And when we passed by from our brothers, the children of Esau who dwelled in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber; we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
9 And the LORD said to me, "Do not distress the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle for I will not give you of their land for a possession because I have given Ar to the children of Lot for a possession."
10 The Emims dwelled in it in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as were the Anakims;
11 Who also were considered giants, as were the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
12 The Horims also dwelled in Seir in times past, but the children of Esau succeeded them after they had destroyed them from before them and dwelled in their place; as Israel did to the land of his possession, which the LORD gave to them.
13 "Now rise up," I said, "and go over the brook Zered." And we went over the brook Zered.
14 And the time in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we had come over the brook Zered, was thirty eight years; which was until all the generation of the men of war had been wasted out from among the host, as the LORD swore to them [for their disobeying the Lord's command to cross the Jordan and slay all the peoples of the promise land].
15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.
16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,
17 That the LORD spoke to me, saying,
18 "You are to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day:
19 And when you come near over against the children of Ammon, do not distress them not nor meddle with them for I will not give you of the land of the children of Ammon any possession because I have given it to the children of Lot for a possession.
20 (That also was accounted a land of giants for giants dwelled in it in old time, and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
21 They were a great people, of many number, and they were as tall as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them, and they succeeded them, and dwelled in their place;
22 As he did to the children of Esau, who dwelled in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelled in their place even to this day.
23 And the Avims who dwelled in Hazerim, even to Azzah, the Caphtorims, who came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelled in their place.)
24 Rise up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon. Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land; begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle."
25 This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.
26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
27 "Let me pass through your land. I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn to the right hand nor to the left.
28 You shall sell me food for money so that I may eat; and give me water for money so that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;
29 (As the children of Esau who dwell in Seir, and the Moabites who dwell in Ar, did to me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the LORD our God gives us."
30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him for the LORD your God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into your hand, as appears this day.
31 And the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before you; begin to possess it so that you may inherit his land."
32 Then Sihon came out against us; he and all his people came to fight at Jahaz.
33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, his sons, and all his people.
34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city; we left none to remain.
35 But we took the cattle as a plunder for ourselves, and we took the goods of the cities.
36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even to Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us; the LORD our God delivered them all to us;
37 Except we did not go to the land of the children of Ammon, nor to any place of the river Jabbok, nor to the cities in the mountains, nor to wherever the LORD our God forbade us.
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