Numbers 20:18

18 But Edom answered: “You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.”

Read Numbers 20:18 Using Other Translations

And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.
But Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through, lest I come out with the sword against you."
But the king of Edom said, “Stay out of my land, or I will meet you with an army!”

What does Numbers 20:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 20:18

And Edom said unto him
The king of Edom replied to Israel, represented by the messengers sent in their name:

thou shall not pass by me;
through my country:

lest I come out against thee with the sword;
or with those that use the sword, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan; that is, with an army of soldiers with their drawn swords in their hands, to slay them as enemies.

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