Deuteronomy 2

Then we turned back
and set out toward the wilderness
along the route to the Red Sea,
as the Lord had directed me.
For a long time
we made our way around the hill country of Seir.

Then the Lord said to me,
“You have made your way around this hill country long enough;
now turn north.
Give the people these orders:
‘You are about to pass through
the territory of your relatives
the descendants of Esau,
who live in Seir.
They will be afraid of you,
but be very careful.
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.
You are to pay them
in silver for the food you eat
and the water you drink.’ ”

The Lord your God has blessed you
in all the work of your hands.
He has watched over your journey
through this vast wilderness.
These forty years
the Lord your God has been with you,
and you have not lacked anything.

So we went on past our relatives
the descendants of Esau,
who live in Seir.
We turned from the Arabah road,
which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber,
and traveled along the desert road of Moab.

Then the Lord said to me,
“Do not harass the Moabites
or provoke them to war,
for I will not give you any part of their land.
I have given Ar
to the descendants of Lot as a possession.”

(The Emites used to live there
—a people strong and numerous,
and as tall as the Anakites.
Like the Anakites,
they too were considered Rephaites,
but the Moabites called them Emites.
Horites 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
in the land the Lord gave them as their possession.)

And the Lord said,
“Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.”
So we crossed the valley.

Thirty-eight years passed
from the time we left Kadesh Barnea
until we crossed the Zered Valley.
By then,
that entire generation of fighting men
had perished from the camp,
as the Lord had sworn to them.
The Lord ’s hand was against them
until he had completely eliminated them from the camp.

Now when the last of these fighting men
among the people had died,
the Lord said to me,
“Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.
When you come to the Ammonites,
do not harass them
or provoke them to war,
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.”

(That too was considered
a land of the Rephaites,
who used to live there;
but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.
They were a people strong and numerous,
and as tall as the Anakites.
The Lord destroyed them from before the Ammonites,
who drove them out and settled in their place.
The Lord had done the same for the descendants of Esau,
who lived in Seir,
when he destroyed the Horites from before them.
They drove them out
and have lived in their place to this day.
And as for the Avvites
who lived in villages as far as Gaza,
the Caphtorites coming out from Caphtor
destroyed them and settled in their place.)

“Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge.
See, I have given into your hand
Sihon the Amorite,
king of Heshbon, and his country.
Begin to take possession of it
and engage him in battle.

This very day I will begin
to put the terror and fear of you
on all the nations under heaven.
They will hear reports of you
and will tremble
and be in anguish because of you.”

From the Desert of Kedemoth
I sent messengers to Sihon king of Heshbon
offering peace and saying,
“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.
Sell us food to eat and water to drink
for their price in silver.
Only let us pass through on foot—
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.”
But Sihon king of Heshbon
refused to let us pass through.
For the Lord your God
had made his spirit stubborn
and his heart obstinate
in order to give him into your hands,
as he has now done.

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.”

When Sihon and all his army came out
to meet us in battle at Jahaz, the
Lord our God delivered him over to us
and we struck him down,
together with his sons and his whole army.
At that time we took all his towns
and completely destroyed them
—men women and children.
We left no survivors.
But the livestock and the plunder
from the towns we had captured
we carried off for ourselves.
From Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge,
and from the town in the gorge,
even as far as Gilead,
not one town was too strong for us.
The Lord our God gave us all of them.
But in accordance with the command of the Lord our God,
you did not encroach
on any of the land of the Ammonites,
neither the land along the course
of the Jabbok
nor that around the towns in the hills.

Deuteronomy 2:1‭-‬37 NIV

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