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Wanderings in the Desert...
`Then we turned and set out into the wilderness, the way of the Sea of Reeds, as YHWH spoke to me, and we went round Mount Se`ir, many days.
'And YHWH spoke to me, saying,
'You have gone around this mountain long enough, turn northward.
'And command the people, saying, 'You are about to pass over into the border of your brothers, the descendants of Esaw, who live in Se'ir, and they are afraid of you. So be on your guard.
'Do not strive with them, for I do not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Se'ir to Esaw as a possession.
'What food you buy from them with silver you shall eat. And also, what water you buy from them with silver you shall drink.
'For YHWH your Elohim has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He has known your wandering through this great wilderness. These forty years YHWH your Elohim has been with you, you have not lacked any matter.''
'And when we passed beyond our brothers, the descendants of Esaw who dwell in Se'ir, away from the way of the desert plain, away from Eylath and Etsyon Geber, we turned and passed over by way of the Wilderness of Mo'ab.
'And YHWH said to me, 'Do not distress Mo'ab, nor stir yourself up against them in battle, for I do not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.''
(The Emites had dwelt there formerly, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anaqim.
They were also reckoned as Repha'ites, like the Anaqim, but the Mo'abites call them Emites.
And the Horites formerly dwelt in Se'ir, but the descendants of Esaw dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their place, as Yisra'el did to the land of their possession which YHWH gave them).
''Now rise up, and pass over the wadi Zered.' So we passed over the wadi Zered.
'And the time we took to come from Qadesh Barnea until we passed over the wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of battle was consumed from the midst of the camp, as YHWH had sworn to them.
'And also, the hand of YHWH was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp until they were consumed.
'And it came to be, when all the men of battle had finally perished from among the people,
that YHWH spoke to me, saying,
'This day you are to pass over at Ar, the boundary of Mo'ab.
'And when you come near the children of Ammon, do not distress them nor stir yourself up against them, for I do not give you any of the land of the children of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.'
(That was also reckoned as a land of Repha'ites. Repha'ites formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,
a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anaqim. But YHWH destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,
as He had done for the descendants of Esaw, who dwelt in Se'ir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them. They dispossessed them and dwelt in their place, even to this day.
And the Awwim who dwelt in villages as far as Azzah, the Kaphtorim who came from Kaphtor, destroyed them and dwelt in their place).
Defeat of Sihon King of Heshbon...
`Arise, set out and pass over the wadi Arnon. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, sovereign of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and stir up yourself against him in battle.
'This day I begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples under all the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, shall tremble and shake because of you.'
'Then I sent messengers from the Wilderness of Qedemoth to Sihon sovereign of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying,
'Let me pass over through your land on the highway. I shall go on the highway and turn neither to the right nor to the left.
'What food you sell me for silver I shall eat, and what water you give me for silver I shall drink. Only let me pass over on foot,
as the descendants of Esaw who dwell in Se'ir and the Mo'abites who dwell in Ar did for me - until I pass over the Yarden to the land YHWH our Elohim is giving us.'
'But Sihon sovereign of Heshbon would not let us pass over, for YHWH your Elohim hardened his spirit and strengthened his heart, to give him into your hand, as it is this day.
'And YHWH said to me, 'See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess - in order to possess his land.'
'And Sihon and all his people came out against us to fight at Yahats,
and YHWH our Elohim gave him over to us, so we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
'And we took all his cities at that time, and we put the men, women, and little ones of every city under the ban, we left none remaining.
'Only the livestock we took as plunder for ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we captured.
'From Aro'er, which is on the edge of the wadi Arnon, and the city that is by the wadi, as far as Gil'ad, there was not one city too high for us. YHWH our Elohim gave all to us.
'Only you did not go near the land of the children of Ammon - anywhere along the wadi Yabboq, or to the cities of the mountains, or wherever YHWH our Elohim had forbidden us.