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23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected(C) twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol(D) and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported,(E) “It is a good land(F) that the Lord our God is giving us.”(G)
Rebellion Against the Lord
26 But you were unwilling to go up;(H) you rebelled(I) against the command of the Lord your God. 27 You grumbled(J) in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller(K) than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites(L) there.’”
29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid(M) of them.(N) 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight(O) for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried(P) you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”(Q)
32 In spite of this,(R) you did not trust(S) in the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day,(T) to search(U) out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.
34 When the Lord heard(V) what you said, he was angry(W) and solemnly swore:(X) 35 “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land(Y) I swore to give your ancestors, 36 except Caleb(Z) son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.(AA)”
37 Because of you the Lord became angry(AB) with me also and said, “You shall not enter(AC) it, either. 38 But your assistant, Joshua(AD) son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage(AE) him, because he will lead(AF) Israel to inherit(AG) it. 39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive,(AH) your children who do not yet know(AI) good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. 40 But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.[a](AJ)”
41 Then you replied, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and fight, as the Lord our God commanded us.” So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.
42 But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’”(AK)
43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the Lord’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees(AL) and beat you down from Seir(AM) all the way to Hormah.(AN) 45 You came back and wept before the Lord,(AO) but he paid no attention(AP) to your weeping and turned a deaf ear(AQ) to you. 46 And so you stayed in Kadesh(AR) many days—all the time you spent there.
Wanderings in the Wilderness
2 Then the Lord said to me, 3 “You have made your way around this hill country long enough;(AU) now turn north. 4 Give the people these orders:(AV) ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau,(AW) who live in Seir.(AX) They will be afraid(AY) of you, but be very careful. 5 Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.(AZ) 6 You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’”
7 The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched(BA) over your journey through this vast wilderness.(BB) These forty years(BC) the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.(BD)
8 So we went on past our relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from(BE) the Arabah(BF) road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber,(BG) and traveled along the desert road of Moab.(BH)
10 (The Emites(BK) used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.(BL) 11 Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites,(BM) but the Moabites called them Emites. 12 Horites(BN) used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau drove them out. They destroyed the Horites from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel did(BO) in the land the Lord gave them as their possession.)
13 And the Lord said, “Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.(BP)” So we crossed the valley.
14 Thirty-eight years(BQ) passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea(BR) until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation(BS) of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.(BT) 15 The Lord’s hand was against them until he had completely eliminated(BU) them from the camp.
16 Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died, 17 the Lord said to me, 18 “Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.(BV) 19 When you come to the Ammonites,(BW) do not harass them or provoke them to war,(BX) for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.(BY)”
20 (That too was considered a land of the Rephaites,(BZ) who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites. 21 They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.(CA) The Lord destroyed them from before the Ammonites, who drove them out and settled in their place. 22 The Lord had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir,(CB) when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day. 23 And as for the Avvites(CC) who lived in villages as far as Gaza,(CD) the Caphtorites(CE) coming out from Caphtor[c](CF) destroyed them and settled in their place.)
Defeat of Sihon King of Heshbon
24 “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge.(CG) See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite,(CH) king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage(CI) him in battle. 25 This very day I will begin to put the terror(CJ) and fear(CK) of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble(CL) and be in anguish because of you.”
26 From the Desert of Kedemoth(CM) I sent messengers to Sihon(CN) king of Heshbon offering peace(CO) and saying, 27 “Let us pass through your country. We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left.(CP) 28 Sell us food to eat(CQ) and water to drink for their price in silver. Only let us pass through on foot(CR)— 29 as the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir, and the Moabites, who live in Ar, did for us—until we cross the Jordan into the land the Lord our God is giving us.” 30 But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the Lord(CS) your God had made his spirit stubborn(CT) and his heart obstinate(CU) in order to give him into your hands,(CV) as he has now done.
31 The Lord said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.”(CW)
32 When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battle(CX) at Jahaz, 33 the Lord our God delivered(CY) him over to us and we struck him down,(CZ) together with his sons and his whole army. 34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed[d](DA) them—men, women and children. We left no survivors. 35 But the livestock(DB) and the plunder(DC) from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves. 36 From Aroer(DD) on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the gorge, even as far as Gilead,(DE) not one town was too strong for us. The Lord our God gave(DF) us all of them. 37 But in accordance with the command of the Lord our God,(DG) you did not encroach on any of the land of the Ammonites,(DH) neither the land along the course of the Jabbok(DI) nor that around the towns in the hills.