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Numbers 20:14-21 (English Standard Version)

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Edom Refuses Passage

14 1Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to 2the king of Edom: "Thus says 3your brother Israel: You know all the hardship that we have met: 15 4how our fathers went down to Egypt, 5and we lived in Egypt a long time. 6And the Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers. 16 And 7when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice and 8sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. And here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory. 17 9Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, 10or drink water from a well. We will go along the King's Highway. We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory." 18 But Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through, lest I come out with the sword against you." 19 And the people of Israel said to him, "We will go up by the highway, 11and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, 12then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more." 20 But he said, 13"You shall not pass through." And Edom came out against them with a large army and with a strong force. 21 Thus Edom 14refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel 15turned away from him.
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