1 And when King Arad, the Canaanite who dwelt in the south, heard that Israel was
coming on the way to Atharim, he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.
2 And Israel vowed a vow unto Jehovah, and said, If You will grant to deliver this people
into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.
3 And Jehovah heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly
destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.
4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the
land of Edom; and the soul of the people became impatient on the way.
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: Why have you brought us up out
of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes
this worthless bread.
6 And Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of
the people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken
against Jehovah and against you; intercede before Jehovah that He take away the serpents
from us. So Moses interceded for the people.
8 And Jehovah said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be
that anyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had
bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
10 And the children of Israel set out and encamped in Oboth.
11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is
before Moab, toward the sunrise.
12 From there they set out and encamped in the valley of Zered.
13 From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the
wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of
Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of Jehovah: Waheb in Suphah, the brooks
of the Arnon,
15 and the slope of the brooks that extends down to the dwelling of Ar, and leans on the
border of Moab.
16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where Jehovah said to Moses, Gather
the people together, and I will give them water.
17 Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it;
18 the well the rulers dug, dug by the nobles of the people, by the Lawgiver, with their
staffs. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah,
19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the land of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which
looks down and faces the wilderness.
21 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
22 Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will
not drink water from wells. We will go by the King's Highway until we have passed
through your territory.
23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. And Sihon gathered all
his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and
fought against Israel.
24 And Israel struck him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in
Heshbon and in all its villages.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the
former king of Moab, and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon.
27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say: Come to Heshbon, let it be built; let the
city of Sihon be repaired.
28 For fire went out from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it consumed Ar of
Moab, the lords of the heights of the Arnon.
29 Woe to you, Moab! You have perished, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons
as fugitives, and his daughters into captivity, to Sihon king of the Amorites.
30 But we have shot at them; Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon; and we laid waste as
far as Nophah, which reaches to Medeba.
31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites
who were there.
33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out
against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34 And Jehovah said to Moses, Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand,
with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the
Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.
35 So they struck him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left; and
they took possession of his land.