Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Numbers 21

Israel with some loss destroy the Canaanites at Hormah.

Numbers 21:1 And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel had entered by the way of Atharim,—so he made war with Israel, and took some of them captive. Numbers 21:2 Then Israel vowed vow unto Yahweh, and said,—If thou wilt, surely deliver up, this people into my hand, then will I utterly destroy their cities. Numbers 21:3 And Yahweh hearkened unto the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanite into his hand, so he utterly destroyed them, and their cities,—and called the name of the place Hormah [that is, "Utter Destruction"].

The people murmuring are plagued with fiery serpents.

Numbers 21:4 Then brake they up from Mount Hor, by way of the Red Sea, to go round the land of Edom,—and the soul of the people became impatient because of the way. Numbers 21:5 So then the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore, have ye brought us up out of Egypt, to die in the desert? for there is neither bread, nor water, and, our soul, doth loathe this contemptible bread! Numbers 21:6 And Yahweh sent among the people the poisonous serpents, and they bit the people,—and much people out of Israel died.

They repenting are healed by a brasen serpent.

Numbers 21:7 Then came the people of Israel unto Moses, and said—We have sinned, in that we spake against Yahweh and against thee, Pray thou unto Yahweh, that he may take from us the serpent. So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers 21:8 Then said Yahweh unto Moses—Make thee a like serpent, and put it upon standard,—and it shall come to pass, that, any one who is bitten, as soon as he seeth it, shall live. Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon the standard,—and it came to pass—that, if the serpent had bitten any man, as soon as he directed his look unto the serpent of bronze, he lived.

Sundry journeys of the Israelites.

Numbers 21:10 And the sons of Israel brake up,—and encamped in Oboth. Numbers 21:11 And they brake up from Oboth,—and encamped in Ije-Abarim, in the desert which is over against Moab, towards the rising of the sun.

Numbers 21:12 From thence, brake they up,—and encamped in the ravine of Zered. Numbers 21:13 From thence, brake they up, and encamped on the other side of Arnon which is in the desert, that cometh forth out of the boundary of the Amorites,—for, Arnon, is the boundary of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. Numbers 21:14 For this cause is it said, in the Book of the Wars of Yahweh,— . . . Waheb with a hurricane, And the ravines of Arnon; Numbers 21:15 And the bottom of the ravines, that extendeth toward the dwelling of Ar,—And adjoineth to the boundary of Moab, Numbers 21:16 And, from thence, towards Beer,—the same, is the well, whereof Yahweh said unto Moses, Gather together the people, that I may give them water.

Numbers 21:17 Then, sang Israel this song,—Spring thou up, O well! Respond ye thereunto; Numbers 21:18 A well!—princes digged, it, Nobles of the people, delved it, With a sceptre, With their staves. And, from the desert, to Mattanah; Numbers 21:19 and, from Mattanah, to Nahaliel; and, from Nahaliel, to Bamoth; Numbers 21:20 and, from Bamoth of the valley, which is in the field-country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah,—which overlooketh Jeshimon.

Sihon is overcome,

Numbers 21:21 Then sent Israel, messengers, unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying: Numbers 21:22 Let me pass through thy land—we will not turn aside into field or into vineyard, nor will we drink the water of a well,—by the king's road, will we go, until we get through thy boundary. Numbers 21:23 And Sihon suffered not Israel to pass through his boundary, but Sihon gathered together all his people, and came forth to meet Israel, towards the desert, and entered Jahaz,—and fought with Israel. Numbers 21:24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword,—and took possession of his land, from Arnon unto Jabbok, unto the sons of Ammon, for, strong, was the boundary of the sons of Ammon. Numbers 21:25 So Israel took all these cities,—and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her villages; Numbers 21:26 for, as for Heshbon, the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, it was, he, having fought with the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, unto Arnon. Numbers 21:27 For this cause, say the poets—Enter ye Heshbon,—Built and prepared be the city of Sihon; Numbers 21:28 For, a fire, hath come forth out of Heshbon, A flame, out of the stronghold of Sihon; It hath consumed Ar of Moab, The lords of the high places of Arnon. Numbers 21:29 Woe to thee, Moab, Thou art lost, O people of Chemosh,—He hath given up his sons as fugitives, And his daughters into captivity, Unto the king of the Amorites, Sihon. Numbers 21:30 Then we shot them—Heshbon is destroyed, as far as Dibon,—Then laid we waste as far as Nophah, A fire reacheth unto Medeba.

Numbers 21:31 So then Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. Numbers 21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured the villages thereof,—and dispossessed the Amorites that were there.

and Og.

Numbers 21:33 Then turned they, and went up by the way of Bashan,—and Og, king of Bashan, came forth to meet them—he and all his people, to give battle at Edrei. Numbers 21:34 Then said Yahweh unto Moses—Do not fear him, for, into thy hand, have I delivered him, and all his people, and his land,—Therefore shalt thou do unto him, as thou didst unto Sihon, king of the Amorites, who was dwelling in Heshbon. Numbers 21:35 So then they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was not left him, a remnant,—and took possession of his land.

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