Numbers 21-22 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Canaanites Attack Israel

21 1  And the Canaanite—king Arad—dwelling in the south, heareth that Israel hath come the way of the Atharim, and he fighteth against Israel, and taketh 'some' of them captive. 2  And Israel voweth a vow to Jehovah, and saith, 'If Thou dost certainly give this people into my hand, then I have devoted their cities;' 3  and Jehovah hearkeneth to the voice of Israel, and giveth up the Canaanite, and he devoteth them and their cities, and calleth the name of the place Hormah.

The Fiery Serpents

4  And they journey from mount Hor, the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom, and the soul of the people is short in the way, 5  and the people speak against God, and against Moses, 'Why hast thou brought us up out of Egypt to die in a wilderness? for there is no bread, and there is no water, and our soul hath been weary of this light bread.' 6  And Jehovah sendeth among the people the burning serpents, and they bite the people, and much people of Israel die; 7  and the people come in unto Moses and say, 'We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray unto Jehovah, and He doth turn aside from us the serpent;' and Moses prayeth in behalf of the people. 8  And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Make for thee a burning 'serpent', and set it on an ensign; and it hath been, every one who is bitten and hath seen it—he hath lived. 9  And Moses maketh a serpent of brass, and setteth it on the ensign, and it hath been, if the serpent hath bitten any man, and he hath looked expectingly unto the serpent of brass—he hath lived.

The Israelites Journey around Moab

10  And the sons of Israel journey, and encamp in Oboth. 11  And they journey from Oboth, and encamp in Ije-Abarim, in the wilderness that 'is' on the front of Moab, at the rising of the sun. 12  From thence they have journeyed, and encamp in the valley of Zared. 13  From thence they have journeyed, and encamp beyond Arnon, which 'is' in the wilderness which is coming out of the border of the Amorite, for Arnon 'is' the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorite; 14  therefore it is said in a book, 'The wars of Jehovah,'—'Waheb in Suphah, And the brooks of Arnon; 15  And the spring of the brooks, Which turned aside to the dwelling of Ar, And hath leaned to the border of Moab.' 16  And from thence 'they journeyed' to Beer; it 'is' the well 'concerning' which Jehovah said to Moses, 'Gather the people, and I give to them—water.' 17  Then singeth Israel this song, concerning the well—they have answered to it: 18  'A well—digged it have princes, Prepared it have nobles of the people, With the lawgiver, with their staves.' And from the wilderness 'they journeyed' to Mattanah, 19  and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20  and from Bamoth in the valley which 'is' in the field of Moab 'to' the top of Pisgah, which hath looked on the front of the wilderness.

Israel Conquers Sihon

21  And Israel sendeth messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorite, saying, 22  'Let me pass through thy land, we do not turn aside into a field, or into a vineyard, we do not drink waters of a well; in the king's way we go, till that we pass over thy border.' 23  And Sihon hath not suffered Israel to pass through his border, and Sihon gathereth all his people, and cometh out to meet Israel into the wilderness, and cometh in to Jahaz, and fighteth against Israel. 24  And Israel smiteth him by the mouth of the sword, and possesseth his land from Arnon unto Jabbok—unto the sons of Ammon; for the border of the sons of Ammon 'is' strong. 25  And Israel taketh all these cities, and Israel dwelleth in all the cities of the Amorite, in Heshbon, and in all its villages; 26  for Heshbon is a city of Sihon king of the Amorite, and he hath fought against the former king of Moab, and taketh all his land out of his hand, unto Arnon; 27  therefore those using similes say—'Enter ye Heshbon, Let the city of Sihon be built and ready, 28  For fire hath gone out from Heshbon, A flame from the city of Sihon, It hath consumed Ar of Moab, Owners of the high places of Arnon. 29  Wo to thee, O Moab, Thou hast perished, O people of Chemosh, He hath given his sons who escape—Also his daughters—Into captivity, to a king of the Amorite—Sihon! 30  And we shoot them, Perished hath Heshbon unto Dibon, And we make desolate unto Nophah, Which 'is' unto Medeba.'

Israel Conquers Og of Bashan

31  And Israel dwelleth in the land of the Amorite, 32  and Moses sendeth to spy out Jaazer, and they capture its villages, and dispossess the Amorite who 'is' there, 33  and turn and go up the way of Bashan, and Og king of Bashan cometh out to meet them, he and all his people, to battle, 'at' Edrei. 34  And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Fear him not, for into thy hand I have given him, and all his people, and his land, and thou hast done to him as thou hast done to Sihon king of the Amorite, who is dwelling in Heshbon.' 35  And they smite him, and his sons, and all his people, until he hath not left to him a remnant, and they possess his land.

Balak Sends for Balaam

22 1  And the sons of Israel journey and encamp in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan, 'by' Jericho. 2  And Balak son of Zippor seeth all that Israel hath done to the Amorite, 3  and Moab is exceedingly afraid of the presence of the people, for it 'is' numerous; and Moab is vexed by the presence of the sons of Israel, 4  and Moab saith unto the elders of Midian, 'Now doth the assembly lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licketh up the green thing of the field.' And Balak son of Zippor 'is' king of Moab at that time, 5  and he sendeth messengers unto Balaam son of Beor, to Pethor, which 'is' by the River of the land of the sons of his people, to call for him, saying, 'Lo, a people hath come out of Egypt; lo, it hath covered the eye of the land, and it is abiding over-against me; 6  and now, come, I pray thee, curse for me this people, for it 'is' mightier than I; it may be I prevail—we smite it—and I cast it out from the land; for I have known—that which thou blessest is blessed, and that which thou cursest is cursed.' 7  And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian go, and divinations in their hand, and they come in unto Balaam, and speak unto him the words of Balak, 8  and he saith unto them, 'Lodge here to-night, and I have brought you back word, as Jehovah speaketh unto me;' and the princes of Moab abide with Balaam. 9  And God cometh in unto Balaam, and saith, 'Who 'are' these men with thee?' 10  And Balaam saith unto God, 'Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me: 11  Lo, the people that is coming out from Egypt and covereth the eye of the land,—now come, pierce it for me; it may be I am able to fight against it, and have cast it out;' 12  and God saith unto Balaam, 'Thou dost not go with them; thou dost not curse the people; for it 'is' blessed.' 13  And Balaam riseth in the morning, and saith unto the princes of Balak, 'Go unto your land, for Jehovah is refusing to suffer me to go with you;' 14  and the princes of Moab rise, and come in unto Balak, and say, 'Balaam is refusing to come with us.'

15  And Balak addeth yet to send princes, more numerous and honoured than these, 16  and they come in unto Balaam, and say to him, 'Thus said Balak son of Zippor, Be not, I pray thee, withheld from coming unto me, 17  for very greatly I honour thee, and all that thou sayest unto me I do; and come, I pray thee, pierce for me this people.' 18  And Balaam answereth and saith unto the servants of Balak, 'If Balak doth give to me the fulness of his house of silver and gold, I am not able to pass over the command of Jehovah my God, to do a little or a great thing; 19  and, now, abide, I pray you, in this 'place', you also, to-night; and I know what Jehovah is adding to speak with me.' 20  And God cometh in unto Balaam, by night, and saith to him, 'If to call for thee the men have come, rise, go with them, and only the thing which I speak unto thee—it thou dost do.'

The Angel and Balaam's Ass

21  And Balaam riseth in the morning, and saddleth his ass, and goeth with the princes of Moab,

22  and the anger of God burneth because he is going, and a messenger of Jehovah stationeth himself in the way for an adversary to him, and he is riding on his ass, and two of his servants 'are' with him, 23  and the ass seeth the messenger of Jehovah standing in the way, and his drawn sword in his hand, and the ass turneth aside out of the way, and goeth into a field, and Balaam smiteth the ass to turn it aside into the way. 24  And the messenger of Jehovah standeth in a narrow path of the vineyards—a wall on this 'side' and a wall on that— 25  and the ass seeth the messenger of Jehovah, and is pressed unto the wall, and presseth Balaam's foot unto the wall, and he addeth to smite her; 26  and the messenger of Jehovah addeth to pass over, and standeth in a strait place where there is no way to turn aside—right or left— 27  and the ass seeth the messenger of Jehovah, and croucheth under Balaam, and the anger of Balaam burneth, and he smiteth the ass with a staff. 28  And Jehovah openeth the mouth of the ass, and she saith to Balaam, 'What have I done to thee that thou hast smitten me these three times?' 29  and Balaam saith to the ass, 'Because thou hast rolled thyself against me; oh that there were a sword in my hand, for now I had slain thee;' 30  and the ass saith unto Balaam, 'Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden since 'I was' thine unto this day? have I at all been accustomed to do to thee thus?' and he saith, 'No.' 31  And Jehovah uncovereth the eyes of Balaam, and he seeeth the messenger of Jehovah standing in the way, and his drawn sword in his hand, and he boweth and doth obeisance, to his face; 32  and the messenger of Jehovah saith unto him, 'Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? lo, I—I have come out for an adversary, for 'thy' way hath been perverse before me, 33  and the ass seeth me, and turneth aside at my presence these three times; unless she had turned aside from my presence, surely now also, thee I had slain, and her kept alive.' 34  And Balaam saith unto the messenger of Jehovah, 'I have sinned, for I did not know that thou 'art' standing to meet me in the way; and now, if evil in thine eyes—I turn back by myself.' 35  And the messenger of Jehovah saith unto Balaam, 'Go with the men; and only the word which I speak unto thee—it thou dost speak;' and Balaam goeth with the princes of Balak.

36  And Balak heareth that Balaam hath come, and goeth out to meet him, unto a city of Moab, which 'is' on the border of Arnon, which 'is' in the extremity of the border; 37  and Balak saith unto Balaam, 'Did I not diligently sent unto thee to call for thee? why didst thou not come unto me? am I not truly able to honour thee?' 38  And Balaam saith unto Balak, 'Lo, I have come unto thee; now—am I at all able to speak anything? the word which God setteth in my mouth—it I do speak.' 39  And Balaam goeth with Balak, and they come to Kirjath-Huzoth, 40  and Balak sacrificeth oxen and sheep, and sendeth to Balaam, and to the princes who 'are' with him;

Balaam Blesses Israel

41  and it cometh to pass in the morning, that Balak taketh Balaam, and causeth him to go up the high places of Baal, and he seeth from thence the extremity of the people.

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