Deuteronomy 2 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 "[Then] we turned and set out [toward] the wildernessa in the direction of the {Red Sea},b as Yahweh told me, and we went around Mount Seir [for] many days. 2 Yahweh spoke to me, {saying},c 3 '[Long] enough you have been skirting this mountain; turn yourselves north, 4 and instructd the people, {saying},e "You [are] about to cross [through] the territory of your brothers, the descendantsf of Esau, who are living in Seir; they will be afraid of you, and [so] be very careful. 5 Do not get involved in battleg with them, for I will not give you any of their land, not even {a foot's breadth}h [of it]; since I have given Mount Seir [as] a possession for Esau. 6 You shall buy food from them so that you may eat; and also you shall purchase water from them with money so that you may drink. 7 The fact of the matter is, Yahweh your God has blessed you in {all the work you have done};i he knows {your travels}j [with respect to] this great wilderness; forty years Yahweh your God [has been] with you; you have not lacked a thing." ' 8 And so we passed by our brothers, the descendantsk of Esau, who live in Seir, past the road of the Arabah,l from Elath and Ezion Geber, and we turned and traveled along the route of the desertm of Moab. 9 And Yahweh said to me, 'You shall not attack Moab, and you shall not engage in warn with them, for I will not give you any of his land [as] a possession; I have given Ar to the descendantso of Lot [as] a possession.' 10 (The Emim previously lived in it, a people large,p numerous, and tall, like the Anakites. 11 They were reckoned also [as] Rephaim as the Anakites [were]; but the Moabites called them Emim. 12 The Horites previously lived in Seir, but the descendantsq of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them {from among themselves},r as Israel did with respect to the land of theirs possession that Yahweh gave to them.) 13 So [now] arise and cross over the wadit of Zered yourselves; and [so] we crossed the wadiu of Zered. 14 Now the {length of time}v that we had traveled from Kadesh Barnea until [the time when] we crossed the wadiw of Zered [was] thirty-eight years, until the perishing of all of that generation; [that is], the men of war from the midst of the camp as Yahweh had sworn to them. 15 The hand of Yahweh was against them to root them out from the midst of the camp until they perished completely. 16 "{And then}x when all the men of wary {had died}z from among the people, 17 Yahweh spoke to me, {saying},aa 18 'You [are] about to cross over the boundary of Moab {today}bb at Ar. 19 When you approach {the border of}cc the {Ammonites},dd you shall not harass them, and you shall not get involved in battle with them, for I have not given the land of {the Ammonites}ee to you as a possession; because I have given it to the descendantsff of Lot [as] a possession. 20 (It is also considered the land of Rephaim; Rephaim lived in it {previously},gg and the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, 21 a people great and numerous and as tall as the Anakites; Yahweh destroyed them from before them,hh and they dispossessed them and settled in place of them, 22 just as he did for the descendantsii of Esau, who live in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites from {before them}jj and dispossessed them, and [then] they settled in theirkk place up to this day. 23 And [also] the Avvites, who lived in villages as far as Gaza, [and the] Caphtorim, who came out from Caphtor, destroyed them and [then] settled in their place. 24 Arise,ll set out and cross [over] the wadimm of Arnon. Look! I have given Sihon the Amorite, the king of Heshbon, and his land into your hand; begin to take possession of [it], and engage with him in battle. 25 This day I will begin to place {the dread of you}nn and the fear of you {before}oo the peoples under all the heavens. [They] will hear {the report about you},pp and [so] they will shake and tremble {because of you}.' qq 26 "So I sent messengers from the wildernessrr of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon; [I sent] terms of peace, {saying},ss 27 'Let me cross through your land [and] {only along the road}tt I will go; I will not turn aside to the right or [to the] left. 28 Food for money you shall sell me, so that I may eat, and water for money you will give to me, so that I may drink; just let me cross on foot. 29 [Just as] the descendantsuu of Esau did for me, who live in Seir, and the Moabites, who live in Ar, until I cross the Jordan into the land that Yahweh our God is giving to us.' 30 But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing to let us cross through his [territory] because Yahweh your God hardened his spirit and {made him obstinate}vv {in order to give him}ww into your hand, {just as he has now done}.xx 31 Yahweh said to me, 'Look! I have begun to give {over to you}yy Sihon and his land; begin {to take possession of his land}.'zz 32 Then Sihon and all his people came out to meet us for battle at Jahaz. 33 And so Yahweh our God gave him over {to us},52 and we struck him down, and his sons53 and all of his people. 34 So we captured all of his cities at that time, and we destroyed each town [of] males and the women and the children; we did not leave behind a survivor. 35 We took only the livestock as spoil for ourselves,54 and [also] the booty of the cities that we had captured. 36 From Aroer, which [is] on the edge of the wadi55 of Arnon and the city that [was] in the wadi56 on up to Gilead, [there] was not a city that was inaccessible to us; Yahweh our God gave {everything}57 {to us}.58 37 Only the land of {the Ammonites}59 you did not approach, [all along] the whole upper region of the Jabbok {River}60 and the towns of the hill country, [according to all] that Yahweh our God had instructed.
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