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Numbers 21 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Destruction of Canaanite Cities

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Then the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the [fn]Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the way of [fn]Atharim, and he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:2 - So Israel made a vow to Yahweh and said, “If You will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:3 - Then Yahweh heard the voice of Israel and gave the Canaanites over; so they devoted them and their cities to destruction. Thus the name of the place was called [fn]Hormah.
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Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way to the [fn]Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the [fn]people became impatient on the way.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:5 - And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no [fn]food and no water, and [fn]we loathe this miserable food.”

The Bronze Serpent

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:6 - So Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people so that many people of Israel died.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:7 - Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned because we have spoken against Yahweh and against you; pray to Yahweh, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses prayed for the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:8 - Then Yahweh said to Moses, “[fn]Make a fiery serpent and set it on a standard; and it will be that everyone who is bitten and looks at it, will live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:9 - And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it happened, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
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Then the sons of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:11 - They then set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, east toward the sunrise.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:12 - From there they set out and camped in [fn]Wadi Zered.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:13 - From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:14 - Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of Yahweh,

“Waheb in Suphah,

And the wadis of the Arnon,

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And the slope of the wadis

That extends to the site of Ar,

And leans to the border of Moab.”

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And from there they continued to [fn]Beer, that is the well where Yahweh said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.”

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Then Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well! Sing to it!

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“The well, which the leaders dug,

Which the nobles of the people carved out,

With the scepter and with their staffs.”

And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:19 - and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:20 - and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the [fn]wasteland.

Sihon and Og Struck Down

(Deu 2:26–37 )
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Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:22 - “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king’s highway until we have passed through your border.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:23 - But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his border. So Sihon gathered all his people and went out to meet Israel in the wilderness and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:24 - Then Israel [fn]struck him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the sons of Ammon; for the border of the sons of Ammon was [fn]Jazer.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:25 - And Israel took all these cities, and Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her [fn]towns.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:26 - For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites. Now it was he who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:27 - Therefore those who use proverbs say,

“Come to Heshbon! Let it be built!

So let the city of Sihon be established.

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“For a fire went forth from Heshbon,

A flame from the town of Sihon;

It devoured Ar of Moab,

The [fn]dominant [fn]heights of the Arnon.

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“Woe to you, O Moab!

You perish, O people of Chemosh!

He has given his sons as fugitives,

And his daughters into captivity,

To an Amorite king, Sihon.

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“But we have cast them down,

Heshbon perishes as far as Dibon,

And we have made desolate even to Nophah,

Which reaches to Medeba.”

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Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:32 - And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its towns and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.
(Deu 3:1–22 )
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Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out to meet them, he and all his people for battle at Edrei.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:34 - But Yahweh said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:35 - So they struck down him and his sons and all his people, until [fn]there was no survivor remaining for him; and they possessed his land.
LSB Footnotes
South country
Or the spies
Lit a devoted thing, destruction
Lit Sea of Reeds
Lit soul of the people was short
Lit bread
Lit our soul loathes
Lit Make for yourself
A dry ravine except during rainy season
Lit a well
Or Jeshimon
Lit smote, as in Gr and Lat
M.T. strong
Lit daughters
Lit lords of the
Or Bamoth
Lit he had no survivor

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