and when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice, and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt; and here we are in Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory.
Now let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from any well; we will go along the King's Highway, not turning aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory."
But Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through, or we will come out with the sword against you."
The Israelites said to him, "We will stay on the highway; and if we drink of your water, we and our livestock, then we will pay for it. It is only a small matter; just let us pass through on foot."
But he said, "You shall not pass through." And Edom came out against them with a large force, heavily armed.
Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through their territory; so Israel turned away from them.
They set out from Kadesh, and the Israelites, the whole congregation, came to Mount Hor.
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom,
"Let Aaron be gathered to his people. For he shall not enter the land that I have given to the Israelites, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah.
Take Aaron and his son Eleazar, and bring them up Mount Hor;
strip Aaron of his vestments, and put them on his son Eleazar. But Aaron shall be gathered to his people, a and shall die there."
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