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Deuteronomy 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then we turned around and went back into the wilderness following the route to the Red Sea, as God had instructed me. We worked our way in and around the hills of Seir for a long, 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 Then God said, 2 Then the LORD said to me,
3 "You've been going around in circles in these hills long enough; go north. 3 "You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.
4 Command the people, You're about to cut through the land belonging to your relatives, the People of Esau who settled in Seir. They are terrified of you, but restrain yourselves. 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 try and start a fight. I am not giving you so much as a square inch of their land. I've already given all the hill country of Seir to Esau - he owns it all. 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 Pay them up front for any food or water you get from them." 6 You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.' "
7 God, your God, has blessed you in everything you have done. He has guarded you in your travels through this immense wilderness. For forty years now, God, your God, has been right here with you. You haven't lacked one 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 detoured around our brothers, the People of Esau who live in Seir, avoiding the Arabah Road that comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber; instead we used the road through the Wilderness of Moab. 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 God told me, "And don't try to pick a fight with the Moabites. I am not giving you any of their land. I've given ownership of Ar to the People of Lot." 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 The Emites (Monsters) used to live there - mobs of hulking giants, like Anakites. 10 (The Emites used to live there--a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.
11 Along with the Anakites they were lumped in with the Rephaites (Ghosts) but in Moab they were called Emites. 11 Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites.
12 Horites also used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau took over and destroyed them, the same as Israel did in the land God gave them to possess. 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 God said, "It's time now to cross the Brook Zered." So we crossed the Brook Zered. 13 And the LORD said, "Now get up and cross the Zered Valley." So we crossed the valley.
14 It took us thirty-eight years to get from Kadesh Barnea to the Brook Zered. That's how long it took for the entire generation of soldiers from the camp to die off, as God had sworn they would. 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 God was relentless against them until the last one was gone from the camp. 15 The LORD's hand was against them until he had completely eliminated them from the camp.
16 When the last of these soldiers had died, 16 Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died,
17 God said to me, 17 the LORD said to me,
18 "This is the day you cut across the territory of Moab, at Ar. 18 "Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.
19 When you approach the People of Ammon, don't try and pick a fight with them because I'm not giving you any of the land of the People of Ammon for yourselves - I've already given it to the People of Lot." 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 It is also considered to have once been the land of the Rephaites. Rephaites lived there long ago - the Ammonites called them Zamzummites (Barbarians) 20 (That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.
21 - huge mobs of them, giants like the Anakites. God destroyed them and the Ammonites moved in and took over. 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 It was the same with the People of Esau who live in Seir - God got rid of the Horites who lived there earlier and they moved in and took over, as you can see. 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 Regarding the Avvites who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorites who came from Caphtor (Crete) wiped them out and moved in. 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 "On your feet now. Get started. Cross the Brook Arnon. Look: Here's Sihon the Amorite king of Heshbon and his land. I'm handing it over to you - it's all yours. Go ahead take it. Go to war with him. 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 Before the day is out, I'll make sure that all the people around here are thoroughly terrified. Rumors of you are going to spread like wildfire; they'll totally panic." 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 From the Wilderness of Kedemoth, I sent messengers to Sihon, king of Heshbon. They carried a friendly message: 26 From the desert of Kedemoth I sent messengers to Sihon king of Heshbon offering peace and saying,
27 "Let me cross through your land on the highway. I'll stay right on the highway; I won't trespass 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 I'll pay you for any food or water we might need. Let me walk through. 28 Sell us food to eat and water to drink for their price in silver. Only let us pass through on foot--
29 "The People of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did this, helping me on my way until I can cross the Jordan and enter the land that God, our God, is giving 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 king of Heshbon wouldn't let us cross his land. God, your God, turned his spirit mean and his heart hard so he could hand him over to you, as you can see that he has done. 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 Then God said to me, "Look, I've got the ball rolling - Sihon and his land are soon yours. Go ahead. Take it. It's practically yours!" 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 So Sihon and his entire army confronted us in battle at Jahaz. 32 When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz,
33 God handed him, his sons, and his entire army over to us and we utterly crushed them. 33 the LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army.
34 While we were at it we captured all his towns and totally destroyed them, a holy destruction - men, women, and children. No survivors. 34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them--men, women and children. We left no survivors.
35 We took the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured and carried them off for ourselves. 35 But the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves.
36 From Aroer on the edge of the Brook Arnon and the town in the gorge, as far as Gilead, not a single town proved too much for us; God, our God, gave every last one of them to 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 The only land you didn't take, obeying God's command, was the land of the People of Ammon, the land along the Jabbok and around the cities in the hills. 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.