21:1 And [when] king Arad the Canaanite, who dwelt in the south,
heard that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought
against Israel, and took [some] of them prisoners.
21:2 And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If thou wilt
indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly
destroy their cities.
21:3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and
delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them
and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.
21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red
sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people
was much discouraged because of the way.
21:5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why
have ye brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for
[there is] no bread, neither [is there any] water; and our soul
lotheth this light bread.
21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they
bit the people; and many people of Israel died.
21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have
sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee;
pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And
Moses prayed for the people.
21:8 And the LORD said to Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and
set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one
that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole,
and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when
he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
21:10 And the children of Israel moved forward, and pitched in
21:11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim,
in the wilderness which [is] before Moab, towards the
21:12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of
21:13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of
Arnon, which [is] in the wilderness that cometh out of the
coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon [is] the border of Moab,
between Moab and the Amorites.
21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD,
What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
21:15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the
dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab.
21:16 And from thence [they went] to Beer: that [is] the well of
which the LORD spoke to Moses, Assemble the people, and I will
give them water.
21:17 Then Israel sung this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye to
21:18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people
digged it, by [the direction of] the lawgiver, with their
staffs. And from the wilderness [they went] to Mattanah:
21:19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to
21:20 And from Bamoth [in] the valley, that [is] in the country
of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh towards Jeshimon.
21:21 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites,
21:22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the
fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink [of] the
waters of the well: [but] we will go along by the king's
[high]-way, until we have past thy borders.
21:23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his
border: but Sihon collected all his people, and went out
against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and
fought against Israel:
21:24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and
possessed his land from Arnon to Jabbok, even to the children
of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon [was] strong.
21:25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all
the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its
21:26 For Heshbon [was] the city of Sihon the king of the
Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and
taken all his land out of his hand, even to Arnon.
21:27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into
Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared.
21:28 For there has a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the
city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, [and] the lords of
the high places of Arnon.
21:29 Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh:
he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into
captivity to Sihon king of the Amorites.
21:30 We have shot at them; Heshbon has perished even to Dibon,
and we have laid them waste even to Nophah, which [reacheth] to
21:31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
21:32 And Moses sent to explore Jaazer, and they took its
villages, and drove out the Amorites that [were] there.
21:33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og
the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his
people, to the battle at Edrei.
21:34 And the LORD said to Moses, Fear him not: for I have
delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land;
and thou shalt do to him as thou didst to Sihon king of the
Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.
21:35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until
there was none left to him alive: and they possessed his land.