The Years in the Wilderness
1 # Num 21.4. Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed mount Se´ir many days. 2And the Lord spake unto me, saying, 3Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. 4#Gen 36.8. And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Se´ir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: 5meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a footbreadth; because I have given mount Se´ir unto Esau for a possession. 6Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink. 7For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
8And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Se´ir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from E´zi-on–ge´ber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9#Gen 19.37. And the Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession. 10The Emim dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the An´akim; 11which also were accounted giants, as the An´akim; but the Moabites call them Emim. 12The Horim also dwelt in Se´ir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the Lord gave unto them. 13Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered. 14#Num 14.28-35. And the space in which we came from Ka´desh–barne´a, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the Lord sware unto them. 15For indeed the hand of the Lord was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.
16So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, 17that the Lord spake unto me, saying, 18Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: 19#Gen 19.38. and when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. 20(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzum´mim; 21a people great, and many, and tall, as the An´akim; but the Lord destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 22as he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Se´ir, when he destroyed the Horim from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: 23and the Avim which dwelt in Haz´erim, even unto Azzah, the Caph´torim, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.) 24Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. 25This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
Israel Conquers Sihon
26And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kede´moth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, 27Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left. 28Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet: 29(as the children of Esau which dwell in Se´ir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me:) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the Lord our God giveth us. 30But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. 31And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. 32Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. 33And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. 34And 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: 35only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took. 36From Aro´er, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gil´e-ad, there was not one city too strong for us: the Lord our God delivered all unto us: 37only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the Lord our God forbade us.