7 The Lord has helped us and taken care of
us during the past forty years that we have been in this huge
desert. Weve had everything we needed, and the Lord has
blessed us and made us successful in whatever we have done.
8 We went past the territory that belonged to our relatives, the descendants of Esau. We followed Arabah Road that starts in the south at Elath and Ezion-Geber, then we turned onto the desert road that leads to Moab.
9 The Lord told me, Dont try to start a war with Moab. Leave them alone, because I gave the land of Ar to them, and I will not let you have any of it.
Tribes That Lived near Canaan
10 Before the Lord gave the Moabites their
land, a large and powerful tribe lived there. They were the Emim,
and they were as tall as the Anakim. 11 The Moabites called them
Emim, though others sometimes used the name Rephaim for both the
Anakim and the Emim.
12 The Horites used to live in Seir, but the Edomites took over that region. They killed many of the Horites and forced the rest of them to leave, just as Israel did to the people in the land that the Lord gave them.
Israel Crossed the Zered Gorge
Moses said to Israel:
13 When we came to the Zered Gorge along the southern border of Moab, the Lord told us to cross the gorge into Moab, and we did. 14 This was thirty-eight years after we left Kadesh-Barnea, and by that time all the men who had been in the army at Kadesh-Barnea had died, just as the Lord had said they would. 15 The Lord kept getting rid of them until finally none of them were left.
17 Then the Lord told me, 18 Moses, now go past the town of Ar and cross Moabs northern border 19 into Ammon. But dont start a war with the Ammonites. I gave them their land, and I wont give any of it to Israel.
More Nations That Lived near Canaan
20 Before the Ammonites conquered the land
that the Lord had given them, some of the Rephaim used to live
there, although the Ammonites called them Zamzummim. 21 The Zamzummim
were a large and powerful tribe and were as tall as the Anakim.
But the Lord helped the Ammonites, and they killed many of the
Zamzummim and forced the rest to leave. Then the Ammonites settled
there. 22 The Lord helped them as he had helped the Edomites,
who killed many of the Horites in Seir and forced the rest to
leave before settling there themselves.
23 A group called the Avvim used to live in villages as far south as Gaza, but the Philistines killed them and settled on their land.
Israel Crossed the Arnon Gorge
The Defeat of King Sihon of Heshbon
30 But Sihon refused to let us go across
his country, because the Lord made him stubborn and eager to fight
us. The Lord told me, I am going to help you defeat Sihon
and take his land, so attack him!
32 We met Sihon and his army in battle at Jahaz, 33 and the Lord our God helped us defeat them. We killed Sihon, his sons, and everyone else in his army. 34 Then we captured and destroyed every town in Sihons kingdom, killing everyone, 35 but keeping the livestock and everything else of value. 36 The Lord helped us capture every town from the Arnon River gorge north to the boundary of Gilead, including the town of Aroer on the edge of the gorge and the town in the middle of the gorge.
37 However, we stayed away from all the Ammonite towns, both in the hill country and near the Jabbok River, just as the Lord had commanded.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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