21:1 And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt
in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the
spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them
21:2 And Israel vowed a vow unto 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.
The Bronze Snake
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 spake against God, and against Moses,
Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the
wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any
water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and
they bit the people; and much 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 unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents
from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
21:8 And the LORD said unto 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,
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.
The Journey to Moab
21:10 And the children of Israel set forward, and
pitched in Oboth.
21:11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at
Ijeabarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward
21:12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley
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
whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people
together, and I will give them water.
21:17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing
ye unto it:
21:18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people
digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their
staves. 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 toward Jeshimon.
Defeat of Sihon and Og
21:21 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of
the Amorites, saying,
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 be past thy borders.
21:23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his
border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, 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 unto Jabbok, even unto the
children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon
21:25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in
all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the
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 unto 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 is 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 unto Sihon king of the Amorites.
21:30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto
Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which
reacheth unto Medeba.
21:31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the
villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were
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 unto 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 unto Sihon
king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
21:35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people,
until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his