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Numbers 21 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Arad Destroyed

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:1 - When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:2 - Then Israel made this vow to the LORD: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy[fn] their cities.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:3 - The LORD listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.[fn]

The Bronze Snake

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:4 - They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[fn] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:5 - they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:6 - Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:7 - The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:8 - The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:9 - So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

The Journey to Moab

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:10 - The Israelites moved on and camped at Oboth.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:11 - Then they set out from Oboth and camped in Iye Abarim, in the wilderness that faces Moab toward the sunrise.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:12 - From there they moved on and camped in the Zered Valley.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:13 - They set out from there and camped alongside the Arnon, which is in the wilderness extending into Amorite territory. The Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:14 - That is why the Book of the Wars of the LORD says: “. . . Zahab[fn] in Suphah and the ravines, the Arnon
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:15 - and[fn] the slopes of the ravines that lead to the settlement of Ar and lie along the border of Moab.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:16 - From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:17 - Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank— the nobles with scepters and staffs.” Then they went from the wilderness to Mattanah,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:19 - from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:20 - and from Bamoth to the valley in Moab where the top of Pisgah overlooks the wasteland.

Defeat of Sihon and Og

(Deu 2:26–37 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:21 - Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:22 - “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:23 - But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:24 - Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:25 - Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:26 - Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:27 - That is why the poets say: “Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt; let Sihon’s city be restored.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:28 - “Fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the citizens of Arnon’s heights.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:29 - Woe to you, Moab! You are destroyed, people of Chemosh! He has given up his sons as fugitives and his daughters as captives to Sihon king of the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:30 - “But we have overthrown them; Heshbon’s dominion has been destroyed all the way to Dibon. We have demolished them as far as Nophah, which extends to Medeba.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:31 - So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:32 - After Moses had sent spies to Jazer, the Israelites captured its surrounding settlements and drove out the Amorites who were there.
(Deu 3:1–22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:33 - Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:34 - The LORD said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:35 - So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land.
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 3.
Hormah means destruction.
Or the Sea of Reeds
Septuagint; Hebrew Waheb
Or “I have been given from Suphah and the ravines / of the Arnon 15 to
Or “I have been given from Suphah and the ravines / of the Arnon 15 to

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