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Numbers 20:14-21 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 Moses sent emissaries from Kadesh to the king of Edom with this message: "A message from your brother Israel: You are familiar with all the trouble we've run into. 14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying: "This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come upon us.
15 Our ancestors went down to Egypt and lived there a long time. The Egyptians viciously abused both us and our ancestors. 15 Our forefathers went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers,
16 But when we cried out for help to God, he heard our cry. He sent an angel and got us out of Egypt. And now here we are at Kadesh, a town at the border of your land. 16 but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. "Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory.
17 "Will you give us permission to cut across your land? We won't trespass through your fields or orchards and we won't drink out of your wells; we'll keep to the main road, the King's Road, straying neither right nor left until we've crossed your border." 17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the king's highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory."
18 The king of Edom answered, "Not on your life. If you so much as set a foot on my land, I'll kill you." 18 But Edom answered: "You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword."
19 The People of Israel said, "Look, we'll stay on the main road. If we or our animals drink any water, we'll pay you for it. We're harmless - just a company of footsore travelers." 19 The Israelites replied: "We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot--nothing else."
20 He answered again: "No. You may not come through." And Edom came out and blocked the way with a crowd of people brandishing weapons. 20 Again they answered: "You may not pass through." Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army.
21 Edom refused to let them cross through his land. So Israel had to detour around him. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.