1 The Canaanite king of Arad lived in the Southern Desert of
Canaan, and when he heard that the Israelites were on their way
to the village of Atharim, he attacked and took some of them hostage.
2 The Israelites prayed, Our Lord, if you will help us defeat these Canaanites, we will completely destroy their towns and everything in them, to show that they belong to you.
3 The Lord answered their prayer and helped them wipe out the Canaanite army and completely destroy their towns. Thats why one of the towns is named Hormah, which means Destroyed Place.
4 The Israelites had to go around the
territory of Edom, so when they left Mount Hor, they headed south
toward the Red Sea. But along the way, the people became so impatient
5 that they complained against God and said to Moses, Did
you bring us out of Egypt, just to let us die in the desert? Theres
no water out here, and we cant stand this awful food!
6 Then the Lord sent poisonous snakes that bit and killed many of them.
7 Some of the people went to Moses and admitted, It was wrong of us to insult you and the Lord. Now please ask him to make these snakes go away.
Moses prayed, 8 and the Lord answered, Make a snake out of bronze and place it on top of a pole. Anyone who gets bitten can look at the snake and wont die.
9 Moses obeyed the Lord. And all of those who looked at the bronze snake lived, even though they had been bitten by the poisonous snakes.
10 As the Israelites continued their
journey to Canaan, they camped at Oboth, 11 then at Iye-Abarim
in the desert east of Moab, 12 and then in the Zered Gorge. 13
After that, they crossed the Arnon River gorge and camped in the
Moabite desert bordering Amorite territory. The Arnon was the
border between the Moabites and the Amorites. 14 A song in The
Book of the Lords Battles mentions the town of Waheb with
its creeks in the territory of Suphah. It also mentions the Arnon
River, 15 with its valleys that lie alongside the Moabite border
and extend to the town of Ar.
16 From the Arnon, the Israelites went to the well near the town of Beer, where the Lord had said to Moses, Call the people together, and I will give them water to drink.
17 Thats also the same well the Israelites sang about in this song:
The well has given us water.
18 With their royal scepters,
our leaders pointed out
where to dig the well.
The Israelites left the desert and camped near the town of Mattanah, 19 then at Nahaliel, and then at Bamoth. 20 Finally, they reached Moabite territory, where they camped near Mount Pisgah in a valley overlooking the desert north of the Dead Sea.
31 After the Israelites had settled in the Amorite territory, 32 Moses sent some men to explore the town of Jazer. Later, the Israelites captured the villages surrounding it and forced out the Amorites who lived there.
33 The Israelites headed toward the
region of Bashan, where King Og ruled, and he led his entire army
to Edrei to meet Israel in battle.
34 The Lord said to Moses, Dont be afraid of Og. I will help you defeat him and his army, just as you did King Sihon who ruled in Heshbon. Ogs territory will be yours.
35 So the Israelites wiped out Og, his family, and his entire armythere were no survivors. Then Israel took over the land of Bashan.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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