Numbers 21

1 And when king Arad the Canaanite, who dwelt in the south, heard that Yisrael came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Yisrael, and took some of them prisoners.

2 And Yisrael vowed a vow unto יהוה, and said, “If You wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.

3 And יהוה hearkened to the voice of Yisrael, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. And he called the name of the place Hormah.

4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom; and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

5 And the people spake against God (Elohim), and against Moses (Mosheh), Wherefore have you brought us up out of Egypt (Mitsrayim) to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.”

6 And יהוה sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Yisrael died.

7 Therefore the people came to Moses (Mosheh), and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against יהוה, and against you; pray unto יהוה, that He take away the serpents from us. And Moses (Mosheh) prayed for the people.

8 And יהוה said unto Moses (Mosheh), “Make you a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole; and it shall come to pass, that everyone who is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”

9 And Moses (Mosheh) made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

10 And the children of Yisrael set forward, and pitched in Oboth.

11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Iye-haAvarim, in the wilderness which is before Moav, toward the sunrising.

12 From thence they moved, and pitched in the valley of Zared.

13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites; for Arnon is the border of Moav, between Moav and the Amorites.

14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the Wars of יהוה: “Wahev in Sufah, and in the brooks of Arnon,

15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moav.”

16 And from thence they went to Beer, that is the well whereof יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh), “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”

17 Then Yisrael sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing you unto it.

18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves.” And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah,

19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,

20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moav, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Yeshimon.

21 And Yisrael sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,

22 “Let me pass through your land; we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well; but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past your borders.”

23 But Sihon would not allow Yisrael to pass through his border. So Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Yisrael into the wilderness; and he came to Yahats, and fought against Yisrael.

24 And Yisrael smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Yabok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

25 And Yisrael took all these cities, and Yisrael dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.

26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moav, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.

27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, “Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and be established.

28 For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moav, and 33bthe lords (baalei) of the high places of Arnon.

29 Woe to you, Moav! You are undone, O people of Chemosh! He hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites.

30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.”

31 Thus Yisrael dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

32 And Moses (Mosheh) sent to spy out Yaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

34 And יהוה said unto Moses (Mosheh), “Fear him not, for I have delivered him into your hand, and all his people, and his land; and you shalt do to him as you didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.”

35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive; and they possessed his land.