And the Canaanite -- king Arad -- dwelling in the south,
heareth that Israel hath come the way of the Atharim, and he fighteth against
Israel, and taketh some of them captive.
And Israel voweth a vow to Jehovah, and saith, 'If Thou dost
certainly give this people into my hand, then I have devoted their cities;'
and Jehovah hearkeneth to the voice of Israel, and giveth up
the Canaanite, and he devoteth them and their cities, and calleth the name of
the place Hormah.
And they journey from mount Hor, the way of the Red Sea, to
compass the land of Edom, and the soul of the people is short in the way,
and the people speak against God, and against Moses, 'Why
hast thou brought us up out of Egypt to die in a wilderness? for there is no
bread, and there is no water, and our soul hath been weary of this light
And Jehovah sendeth among the people the burning serpents,
and they bite the people, and much people of Israel die;
and the people come in unto Moses and say, 'We have sinned,
for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray unto Jehovah, and He
doth turn aside from us the serpent;' and Moses prayeth in behalf of the
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Make for thee a burning serpent,
and set it on an ensign; and it hath been, every one who is bitten and hath
seen it -- he hath lived.
And Moses maketh a serpent of brass, and setteth it on the
ensign, and it hath been, if the serpent hath bitten any man, and he hath
looked expectingly unto the serpent of brass -- he hath lived.
And the sons of Israel journey, and encamp in Oboth.
And they journey from Oboth, and encamp in Ije-Abarim, in
the wilderness that is on the front of Moab, at the rising of the sun.
From thence they have journeyed, and encamp in the valley of
From thence they have journeyed, and encamp beyond Arnon,
which is in the wilderness which is coming out of the border of the
Amorite, for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorite;
therefore it is said in a book, 'The wars of Jehovah,' --
'Waheb in Suphah, And the brooks of Arnon;
And the spring of the brooks, Which turned aside to the
dwelling of Ar, And hath leaned to the border of Moab.'
And from thence they journeyed to Beer; it is
the well concerning which Jehovah said to Moses, 'Gather the people, and
I give to them -- water.'
Then singeth Israel this song, concerning the well -- they
have answered to it:
'A well -- digged it have princes, Prepared it have nobles
of the people, With the lawgiver, with their staves.' And from the wilderness they
journeyed to Mattanah,
and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
and from Bamoth in the valley which is in the field
of Moab to the top of Pisgah, which hath looked on the front of the
And Israel sendeth messengers unto Sihon king of the
'Let me pass through thy land, we do not turn aside into a
field, or into a vineyard, we do not drink waters of a well; in the king's way
we go, till that we pass over thy border.'
And Sihon hath not suffered Israel to pass through his
border, and Sihon gathereth all his people, and cometh out to meet Israel into
the wilderness, and cometh in to Jahaz, and fighteth against Israel.
And Israel smiteth him by the mouth of the sword, and
possesseth his land from Arnon unto Jabbok -- unto the sons of Ammon; for the
border of the sons of Ammon is strong.
And Israel taketh all these cities, and Israel dwelleth in
all the cities of the Amorite, in Heshbon, and in all its villages;
for Heshbon is a city of Sihon king of the Amorite, and he
hath fought against the former king of Moab, and taketh all his land out of his
hand, unto Arnon;
therefore those using similes say -- 'Enter ye Heshbon, Let
the city of Sihon be built and ready,
For fire hath gone out from Heshbon, A flame from the city
of Sihon, It hath consumed Ar of Moab, Owners of the high places of Arnon.
Wo to thee, O Moab, Thou hast perished, O people of Chemosh,
He hath given his sons who escape -- Also his daughters -- Into captivity, to a
king of the Amorite -- Sihon!
And we shoot them, Perished hath Heshbon unto Dibon, And we
make desolate unto Nophah, Which is unto Medeba.'
And Israel dwelleth in the land of the Amorite,
and Moses sendeth to spy out Jaazer, and they capture its
villages, and dispossess the Amorite who is there,
and turn and go up the way of Bashan, and Og king of Bashan
cometh out to meet them, he and all his people, to battle, at Edrei.
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Fear him not, for into thy
hand I have given him, and all his people, and his land, and thou hast done to
him as thou hast done to Sihon king of the Amorite, who is dwelling in Heshbon.'
And they smite him, and his sons, and all his people, until
he hath not left to him a remnant, and they possess his land.