Deuteronomy 2 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Next, we turned around and headed back toward the wilderness along the Reed Sea road, exactly as the LORD instructed me. We traveled all around Mount Seir for a long time. 1 Then we turned back and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea, as the LORD had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir.
2 Eventually the LORD said: 2 Then the LORD said to me,
3 You've been traveling around this mountain long enough. Head north. 3 "You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.
4 Command the people as follows: You are about to enter into the territory of your relatives who live in Seir: Esau's descendants. They will be afraid of you, so watch yourselves most carefully. 4 Give the people these orders: 'You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.
5 Don't fight with them because I will not give the tiniest parcel of their land to you. I have given Mount Seir to Esau's family as their property. 5 Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.
6 Of course you may buy food from them with money so you can eat, and also water with money so you can drink. 6 You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.' "
7 No doubt about it: the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done. He watched over your journey through that vast desert. Throughout these forty years the LORD your God has been with you. You haven't needed a thing. 7 The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
8 So we passed through the territory of our relatives who live in Seir, Esau's descendants, leaving the desert road from Elath and from Ezion-geber. Next we turned and went along the Moab wilderness route. 8 So we went on past our brothers the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from the Arabah road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber, and traveled along the desert road of Moab.
9 The LORD said to me: Don't aggravate Moab. Don't fight them in battle because I won't give any part of their land to you as your own. I have given Ar to Lot's descendants as their property. 9 Then the LORD said to me, "Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession."
10 (Now the Emim had lived there before. They were big and numerous and tall—just like the Anakim. 10 (The Emites used to live there--a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.
11 Most people thought the Emim were Rephaim, like the Anakim were. But the Moabites called them "Emim." 11 Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites.
12 Additionally, the Horim had lived in Seir previously, but Esau's descendants took possession of their area, eliminating them altogether and settling in their place. That is exactly what Israel did in the land it took possession of, which the LORD gave to them.) 12 Horites used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau drove them out. They destroyed the Horites from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel did in the land the LORD gave them as their possession.)
13 "So then, get going. Cross the Zered ravine." So we crossed the Zered ravine. 13 And the LORD said, "Now get up and cross the Zered Valley." So we crossed the valley.
14 It took us a total of thirty-eight years to go from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed the Zered ravine. It was at that point that the last of the previous generation, every one of fighting age in the camp, had died, just as the LORD had sworn about them. 14 Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them.
15 In fact, the LORD's power was against them, to rid the camp of them, until they were all gone. 15 The LORD's hand was against them until he had completely eliminated them from the camp.
16 Now as soon as all those of fighting age had died, 16 Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died,
17 the LORD said to me: 17 the LORD said to me,
18 Today you are crossing through the territory of Moab and Ar 18 "Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.
19 and you will come close to the Ammonites. Don't aggravate them. Don't fight with them because I won't give any part of the Ammonites' land to you as your own. I've given it to Lot's descendants as their property. 19 When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot."
20 Now people thought that land was Rephaim territory as well. The Rephaim had lived there previously. But the Ammonites called them "Zamzummim." 20 (That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.
21 They were large, numerous, and tall, just like the Anakim. But the LORD completely destroyed the Zamzummim before the Ammonites, and they took possession of that area, settling in their place. 21 They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. The LORD destroyed them from before the Ammonites, who drove them out and settled in their place.
22 That is exactly what God did for Esau's descendants, who live in Seir, when he completely destroyed the Horites in their presence, and they took possession of the Horites' area, settling in their place to this very day. 22 The LORD had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day.
23 The Avvim, who had lived in settlements around Gaza, were completely destroyed by the Caphtorim, who had come from Caphtor. They replaced the Avvim there. 23 And as for the Avvites who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorites coming out from Caphtor destroyed them and settled in their place.)
24 "So get going. Cross the Arnon ravine. I have handed Sihon the Amorite king of Heshbon and his land over to you. It's time to possess the area! It's time to fight him in battle! 24 "Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle.
25 Starting right now, I am making everyone everywhere afraid of you and scared of you. Once they hear news of you, they will be shaking and worrying because of you." 25 This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you."
26 I then sent messengers from the Kedemoth desert to Sihon, Heshbon's king, with words of peace: 26 From the desert of Kedemoth I sent messengers to Sihon king of Heshbon offering peace and saying,
27 "Please let us pass through your land. We promise to stay on the road. We won't step off it, right or left. 27 "Let us pass through your country. We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left.
28 Please sell us food for money so we can eat; sell us water for money so we can drink. Let us pass through on foot— 28 Sell us food to eat and water to drink for their price in silver. Only let us pass through on foot--
29 just as Esau's descendants who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me—until we cross the Jordan River into the land that the LORD our God is giving to us." 29 as the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir, and the Moabites, who live in Ar, did for us--until we cross the Jordan into the land the LORD our God is giving us."
30 But Sihon, Heshbon's king, wasn't willing to let us pass through his land because the LORD your God had made his spirit hard and his heart inflexible so that God could hand him over to you, which is exactly how it happened. 30 But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the LORD your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.
31 The LORD said to me: Look! Right now I'm laying Sihon and his land before you. It's time to take possession of his land! 31 The LORD said to me, "See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land."
32 Sihon and all his forces came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz. 32 When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz,
33 But the LORD our God gave him to us. We struck him down, along with his sons, and all his forces. 33 the LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army.
34 At that time, we captured all of Sihon's cities, and we placed every town—men, women, and children—under the ban. We left no survivors. 34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them--men, women and children. We left no survivors.
35 The only things we kept for ourselves were the animals and the plunder from the towns we had taken. 35 But the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves.
36 From Aroer, which is on the edge of the Arnon Ravine, to the town that is in the valley there, even as far as Gilead, there wasn't a city that could resist us. The LORD our God laid everything out before us. 36 From Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the gorge, even as far as Gilead, not one town was too strong for us. The LORD our God gave us all of them.
37 But you didn't go near the Ammonite lands or hillside cities alongside the Jabbok River, in compliance with all that the LORD our God had commanded. 37 But in accordance with the command of the LORD our God, you did not encroach on any of the land of the Ammonites, neither the land along the course of the Jabbok nor that around the towns in the hills.