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Israel Takes Possession of the Land

(A)Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og king of Bashan, [a]with all his people, came out to meet us in battle at Edrei. But Yahweh said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land over into your hand; and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’ So Yahweh our God also gave Og, king of Bashan, with all his people over into our hand, and we struck [b]them until [c]there was no survivor remaining for him. And we captured all his cities at that time; there was not a town which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of (B)Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many [d]unwalled towns. And we [e]devoted them to destruction, as we did to (C)Sihon king of Heshbon, [f](D)devoting to destruction [g]the men, women, and little ones of every city. (E)But all the animals and the spoil of the cities we took as our plunder.

(F)Thus we took the land at that time from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the [h]valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon (Sidonians (G)call Hermon (H)Sirion, and the Amorites call it (I)Senir): 10 all the cities of the plateau and all Gilead and (J)all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 11 (For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the (K)Rephaim. Behold, his [i]bedstead was an iron [j]bedstead; it is in (L)Rabbah of the sons of Ammon. Its length was [k]nine cubits, and its width four cubits [l]by ordinary cubit.)

12 “So we took possession of this land at that time. From (M)Aroer, which is by the [m]valley of Arnon, and half the hill country of (N)Gilead and its cities I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites. 13 And the rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the region of Argob. (Concerning all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim. 14 (O)Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites and called [n]it—that is, Bashan—after his own name, [o]Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.) 15 (P)And to Machir I gave Gilead. 16 And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even as far as the [p]valley of Arnon, the middle of the [q]valley [r]as a border and as far as the [s]river (Q)Jabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon; 17 the Arabah also, with the Jordan [t]as a border, from [u](R)Chinnereth (S)even as far as the sea of the Arabah, (T)the Salt Sea, [v]at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the east.

18 “Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘(U)Yahweh your God has given you this land to possess it; (V)all you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel. 19 (W)But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have (X)much livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you, 20 (Y)until Yahweh gives rest to your brothers as to you, and they also possess the land which Yahweh your God will give them beyond the Jordan. (Z)Then you may return, every man to his possession which I have given you.’ 21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that Yahweh your God has done to these two kings; so Yahweh shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. 22 Do not fear them, for Yahweh your God (AA)is the one fighting for you.’

Moses Pleads to Cross the Jordan

23 “I also pleaded with Yahweh at that time, saying, 24 ‘O Lord Yahweh, You have begun to show Your slave (AB)Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what (AC)god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? 25 Let me, I pray, cross over and see the (AD)good land that is beyond the Jordan, [w]that good hill country and Lebanon.’ 26 But (AE)Yahweh was angry with me on your account and would not listen to me; and Yahweh said to me, ‘[x]Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. 27 Go up to the top of (AF)Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, (AG)for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 (AH)But command Joshua and strengthen him and encourage him, (AI)for he shall go across [y]at the head of this people, and he will cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’ 29 So we remained in the valley opposite (AJ)Beth-peor.


  1. Deuteronomy 3:1 Lit he and
  2. Deuteronomy 3:3 Lit him
  3. Deuteronomy 3:3 Lit he had no survivor
  4. Deuteronomy 3:5 Or rural
  5. Deuteronomy 3:6 Or put them under the ban
  6. Deuteronomy 3:6 Or putting under the ban
  7. Deuteronomy 3:6 Lit every city of men...
  8. Deuteronomy 3:8 Or wadi
  9. Deuteronomy 3:11 Or couch
  10. Deuteronomy 3:11 Or couch
  11. Deuteronomy 3:11 Approx. 14 ft. long and 6 ft. wide or 4 m and 1.8 m
  12. Deuteronomy 3:11 Lit by a man’s forearm
  13. Deuteronomy 3:12 Or wadi
  14. Deuteronomy 3:14 Lit them
  15. Deuteronomy 3:14 Lit the towns of Jair
  16. Deuteronomy 3:16 Or wadi
  17. Deuteronomy 3:16 Or wadi
  18. Deuteronomy 3:16 Lit and
  19. Deuteronomy 3:16 Or wadi
  20. Deuteronomy 3:17 Lit and
  21. Deuteronomy 3:17 The Sea of Galilee
  22. Deuteronomy 3:17 Lit under
  23. Deuteronomy 3:25 Lit this
  24. Deuteronomy 3:26 Lit Enough for you
  25. Deuteronomy 3:28 Lit before this people