Deuteronomy 2

Thomson(i) 1 Then we turned, and took up our march into the wilderness, by the way to the Red sea, as the Lord spoke to me. And when we had been many days circling round mount Seir, 2 the Lord said to me, 3 You have been long enough circling round this mountain, therefore turn northward, 4 and give thou a charge to this people, saying, You are about to march along by the borders of your brethren, the children of Esau who inhabit Seir. They will be afraid of you, and dread you exceedingly. 5 You must not come to battle with them; for I will not give you a foot of their land, because I have given mount Seir to the children of Esau for a possession. 6 Buy provisions of them for money, that you may eat, and receive of them water by measure, for money, that you may drink; 7 [for the Lord our God had blessed thee in all the works of thy hands.] Recollect how thou didst traverse that great and frightful wilderness. Behold! for forty years the Lord thy God was with thee. Thou wast not in want of any thing. 8 And when we had passed by our brethren the children of Esau, who inhabit Seir, by the way of Araba, from Ailon to Gesion-gaber, and wheeling about had crossed the wilderness of Moab, 9 the Lord said to me, Act not as enemies against the Moabites; nor come to a battle with them; for I will not give you for a possession any of their land; for I have given Aroer to the children of Lot, that they may inherit it. 10 [Now the Ommins had formerly dwelt there, a nation great and numerous, 11 and mighty as the Enakims; they as well as the Enakims may be accounted Raphains; but the Moabites call them Ommins. 12 And in Seir the Chorrites were formerly settled, but the children of Esau destroyed them, and rooted them out from before them, and dwelt in their stead, in the same manner as Israel hath done with the land of their possession which the Lord hath given them.] 13 Now therefore arise, and strike your tents, and cross the valley of Zaret. 14 Now the time we spent from Kades-barne till we came to the valley of Zaret, was thirty eight years; until all the generation of the warriors had fallen, and died out of the camp. As the Lord had, with an oath denounced against them, 15 the hand of the Lord was upon them to destroy them from among the host until they had all fallen. 16 And when all the warriors had fallen, and died from among the people, 17 the Lord spoke to me, saying, 18 Thou art now to pass by Aroer, along the borders of Moab; 19 when you come near to the children of Amman you must not act hostilely against them, nor come to battle with them; for I will not give thee any of the land of the children of Amman for a possession; because I have given it for a possession to the children of Lot. 20 [It may be accounted the land of the Raphains, for the Raphains formerly dwelt there, but the Ammanites call them Zochommins 21 . They, as well as the Enakims, were a nation great and numerous, and much stronger than you; but the Lord destroyed them from before the Ammanites, and they took possession of the country, and have dwelt therein in their stead, even to this day. 22 The same was the case with the children of Esau who inhabit Seir, they, in like manner, destroyed the Chorrites from before them, and took possession of their country, and have dwelt therein, in their stead, even to this day. 23 So it was with the Evites when they dwelt in Asedoth even to Gaza, the Cappadocians, who came out of Cappadocia, rooted them out, and dwelt in their stead.] 24 Now therefore arise, strike your tents, and cross the vale of Arnon; behold I have delivered into thy hand Seon, king of Esebon, the Amorite, with his land. Begin to take possession. Join battle with him this day. 25 Begin to impress the fear of thee, and the dread of thee, on the face of all the nations under heaven. They who hear of thy name shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee. 26 Now I had sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedamoth to Seon, king of Esebon, with words of peace, saying, 27 Let me pass through thy land. I will march along the highway, and not turn aside to the right, nor to the left. 28 Thou shalt sell me provisions for money, that I may eat; and thou shalt sell me water for money, that I may drink, just till I can march through on foot; 29 as the children of Esau, who dwell in Seir, and the children of Moab, who dwell in Aroer have done to me, until I cross the Jordan, to the land which the Lord our God giveth us. 30 But Seon, king of Esebon, would not consent that we should pass by him, for the Lord our God had emboldened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might be delivered into thy hands, as at this day. 31 Then the Lord said to me, Behold I have begun to deliver up before thee Seon, king of Esebon, the Amorite, and his land. Begin therefore to take possession of his land. 32 So Seon, king of Esebon, came out to meet us, he and all his people, to battle at Jassa. 33 And the Lord our God delivered him up before us. And we smote him and his sons, and all his people, 34 and took all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed every city one after another; with their wives and children. We left none to be taken alive. 35 Besides making a prey of their cattle, we took the spoils of their cities. 36 From Aroer, which is on the banks of the brook Arnon, including the city in the vale, even to mount Galaad, there was not a city which escaped us. The Lord our God delivered them all into our hands. 37 Moreover, when, without approaching the children of Amman, we had taken all his territories on the brook Jabok, and his cities in the hilly country, as the Lord our God commanded us,