"1Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the aRedSea, as the LORDspoke to me, and circled2MountSeir for manydays.
"And the LORDspoke to me, saying,
'You have circledthismountainlongenough. Now turnnorth,
43and command the people, saying, "You will pass through the 4territory of your brothers the sons of Esau who live in Seir; and 5they will be afraid of you. So be verycareful;
do not bprovoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a cfootstep6because I have givenMountSeir to Esau as a possession.
"You shall buyfood from them with money so that you may eat, and you shall alsopurchasewater from them with money so that you may drink.
"For the LORD your God has blessed you in alldthat you have done; He has known your ewanderings through this7greatwilderness. These8fortyyears the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing."'
"So we passedbeyond our brothers the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the 9Arabahroad, away from Elath and 10from Ezion-geber. And we turned and passedthrough by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
"Then the LORDsaid to me, 'Do not harassMoab, norprovoke them to war, for I will not give you any of ftheir land as a possession, because I have given11Ar to 12the sons of Lot as a possession.
(The 13Emimlived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim.
Like the Anakim, they are alsoregarded as 14Rephaim, but the Moabitescall them Emim.
1215The Horitesformerlylived in Seir, but the sons of Esaudispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, 16just as Israeldid to the land of gtheir possessionwhich the LORDgave to them.)
13'Nowarise and crossover the hbrookZered yourselves.' So we crossedover the ibrookZered.
"Now the jtime that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barneauntil we crossedover the kbrookZered was 17thirty-eightyears, until18all the generation of the men of warperished from within the camp, as 19the LORD had sworn to them.
"20Moreover the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from within the campuntil they all perished.
"So it came about when21all the men of war had finallyperished from among the people,
that the LORDspoke to me, saying,
18'Today you shall crossover22Ar, the border of Moab.
'When you comeopposite the 23sons of Ammon, do not harass them norprovoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to 24the sons of Lot as a possession.'
(It is alsoregarded as the land of the 25Rephaim, for Rephaimformerlylived in it, but the Ammonitescall them Zamzummin,
a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim, but the LORDdestroyed them before them. And they dispossessed them and settled in their place,
22just as He did for the sons of Esau, who 26live in Seir, when He destroyed27the Horites from before them; they dispossessed them and settled in their placeeven to thisday.
And the 28Avvim, who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the l29Caphtorim who came from m30Caphtor, destroyed them and lived in their place.)
24'Arise, set out, and passthrough the n31valley of Arnon. Look! I have givenSihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land into your hand; begin to takepossession and contend with him in battle.
25'Thisday I will begin to put32the dread and fear of you oupon the peoplespeverywhereunder the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, 33will tremble and be in anguishbecause of you.'
"34So I sentmessengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihonking of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
'Let me pass through your land, I will qtravel only on the highway; I will not turnaside to the right or to the left.
'You will sell me food for money so that I may eat, and give me water for money so that I may drink, 35only let me passthrough on rfoot,
29just as the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in 36Ardid for me, until I crossover the Jordan into the landwhich the LORD our God is giving to us.'
"But 37Sihonking of Heshbon was not willing for us to passsthrough his land; for the 38LORD your Godhardened his spirit and made his heartobstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.
"The LORDsaid to me, 'See, I have begun to deliverSihon and his landtover to you. Begin to uoccupy, that you may possess his land.'
"Then Sihonvwith all his peoplecame out to meet us in battle at Jahaz.
"39The LORD our Goddelivered him wover to us, and we x40defeated him with his sons and all his people.
"So we capturedall his cities at that time and y41utterlydestroyedzthe men, women and children of everycity. We leftnosurvivor.
"We took42only the animals as our booty and the spoil of the citieswhich we had captured.
"From 43Aroerwhich is on the edge of the aavalley of Arnon and from the citywhich is in the bbvalley, even to Gilead, there was nocity that was toohigh for us; the LORD our Goddeliveredallccover to us.
"44Only you did not gonear to the land of the sons of Ammon, allalong the ddriver45Jabbok and the cities of the hillcountry, and wherever the LORD our God had commanded us.