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

 
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14 While Moses was at Kadesh, he sent ambassadors to the king of Edom with this message: "This message is from your relatives, the people of Israel: You know all the hardships we have been through, 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 and that our ancestors went down to Egypt. We lived there a long time and suffered as slaves to the Egyptians. 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 to the LORD, he heard us and sent an angel who brought us out of Egypt. Now we are camped at Kadesh, a town on 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 Please let us pass through your country. We will be careful not to go through your fields and vineyards. We won't even drink water from your wells. We will stay on the king's road and never leave it until we have crossed the opposite 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 But the king of Edom said, "Stay out of my land or I will meet you with an army!" 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 Israelites answered, "We will stay on the main road. If any of our livestock drinks your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through your country and nothing else." 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 But the king of Edom replied, "Stay out! You may not pass through our land." With that he mobilized his army and marched out to meet them with an imposing force. 20 Again they answered: "You may not pass through." Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army.
21 Because Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through their country, Israel was forced to turn around. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.