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13 land of their possession which the Lord hath given them.) 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 genera15 tion of the warriors had fallen, and died out of the camp. As

the Lord had, with an oath denounced against them, the hand

of the Lord was upon them to destroy them from among the 16 host until they had all fallen. And when all the warriors had 17 fallen, and died from among the people, the Lord spoke to me,

saying, Thou art now to pass by Aroer, along the borders of 18 Moab; when you come near to the children of Amman you 19 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 pos20 session to the children of Lot. (It may be accounted the land

of the Raphains, for the Raphains formerly dwelt there, but the 21 Ammanites call them Zochommins. They, as well as the Ena

kims, were a nation great and numerous, and much stronger than you; but the Lord destroyed them from before the Am

manites, and they took possession of the country, and have 22 dwelt therein in their stead, even to this day. 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 23 their stead, even to this day. 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 24 stead.) 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 pos25 session. Join battle with him this day. 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 Keda27 moth to Seon, king of Esebon, with words of peace, saying,

Let me pass through thy land. I will march along the high28 way, and not turn aside to the right, nor to the left. 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 29 through on foot; 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 30 God giveth us. 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. 32 Begin therefore to take possession of his land. So Seon, king

of Esebon, came out to meet us, he and all his people, to bat33 tle at Jassa. And the Lord our God delivered him up before 34 us. And we smote him and his sons, and all his people, and

took all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed every city 35 one after another; with their wives and children. We left none

to be taken alive. Besides making a prey of their cattle, we -36 took the spoils of their cities. 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 37 Lord our God delivered them all into our hands. 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, we

turned and went up the way to Basan. And when Оg, 2 king of Basan came out to meet us, he and all his people, to

battle at Edrain, the Lord said to me, Fear him not; for into thy hand I have delivered him, and all his people, and all his

land; and thou shalt do to him as thou hast done to Seon, the 3 king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Esebon. So the Lord our

God delivered also into our hands Og, king of Basan, and all

his people, and we smote him till there was none of his seed left. 4. And we took all his cities at that time. There was not a city

which we did not take from them—three score cities, the whole

region of Argob, belonging to Og, king of Basan; All the ci. 5 ties fortified with high walls, bars and gates, besides the towns

of the Pherezites, which were very many, we utterly destroyed. 6 As we had done to Seon, king of Esebon, we destroyed every


7 city, one after another, and the women and children. But all

the cattle, and the spoils of the cities, we took for ourselves. 8 So, at that time, we took this land out of the hands of the two

kings of the Amorites, who were on the banks of the Jordan, 9 from the brook Arnon even to Aermon (now the Phænicians

call Aermon Sanior and the Amorites call it Sanir) including 10 all the cities of Misor, and all Galaad, and all Basan, as far as

Elcha, and Adraim, the cities of the kingdom of Og in Basan. 11 (For besides Og, king of Basan, there was not one of the Ra

phains left. Behold his bed was a bed of iron. Behold it is in the citadel of the Ammanites. The length of it is nine cubits,

and the breadth of it four cubits, after the cubit of a man.) 12 And we took possession of this land, at that time, from Aroer,

which is on the bank of the brook Arnon, and the half of moun

Galaad; and I gave all the cities thereof to Reuben, and Gad. 13 And the rest of Galaad, and all Basan, the kingdom of Og, I

gave to the half of the tribe of Manasses, with all the region of

Argob, even all that part of Basan which is to be accounted the 14 land of the Raphains. (Now when Jair the Manassite took the

region of Argob, even to the borders of Gergesi, and Machathi, he called it after his own name Basan-Thavoth-Jair which

is now its name.) 15 Now when I gave Galaad to the Machirites and to Reu16 ben and Gad, all below Galaad, to the brook Arnon, the

middle of the brook being the boundary; and as far as Jabok, 17 this brook being the boundary of the Ammanites, and Araba,

and the Jordan the boundary of Machanareth, even to the sea 18 of Araba, the salt sea below Asedoth, the Phasga of the East,

I gave you a charge at that time, saying, The Lord your God

hath given you this land for a possession, you shall go armed 19 before your brethren, the children of Israel, all of you who are

fit for war, (but your wives, and your children, and your cattle, for I know that you have much cattle, are to dwell in

your 20 cities, which I have given you) until the Lord your God shall

have given your brethren rest, as well as you; and until they

shall have taken possession of the land which the Lord our 21 God giveth them, on the other side of the Jordan. Then you

shall return, every one to his possession which I have given you. And at the same time I gave a charge to Joshua, saying,

Your eyes have seen all that the Lord our God hath done to these two kings. In the same manner the Lord our God will

deal with all those kingdoms against which you are going to 22 cross over. You shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord 23 our God will fight for you. I also supplicated the Lord, at 24 that time, saying, O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy

servant thy majesty, and thy power, and thy mighty hand, and thy outstretched arm; for what god is there in heaven, or on

earth, who can do as thou hast done, or according to thy ma25 jesty. Let me cross over, and see that land, that good land

which is beyond the Jordan, and that goodly mountain Antili, 26 banus. But the Lord overlooked me, because of you, and

would not hearken to me. And the Lord said to me, Let this 27 suffice thee. Speak no more on this subject. Go up to the

top of the craggy mountain, and raise thine eyes westward,

and northward, and southward, and eastward, and take a view 28 of it with thine eyes; for thou shalt not cross this Jordan. And

give a charge to Joshua, and strengthen and encourage him; for he shall cross over before this people, and shall give them the possession of all this land which thou hast seen. So we

halted at the forest, near the house of Phogor. IV. Now therefore, hear, O Israel, the rules of rectitude, and

the judgments, which I this day teach you to practise, that you

may live, and multiply, and go in, and possess the land, which 2 the Lord the God of your fathers giveth you. You shall not

add any thing to what I command you; nor shall you dimi.

nish from it. You shall keep the commandments of the Lord 3 our God, which I, this day, give you in charge. Your eyes

have seen all that the Lord our God did because of Beelphe

gor—that as for every man who went after Beelphegor-him 4 the Lord our God destroyed from among you. But as for you

who adhered to the Lord your God, you are all alive this day. 5 Behold, I have taught you rules of rectitude, and judgments,

as the Lord commanded me; that you may act agreeably

thereto, in the land to which you are going, to take possession 6 of it. Therefore keep them, and practise them. For this will be

your wisdom, and your understanding, in the sight of all the nations. Whoever shall chance to hear all these rules of rectitude, will say, Behold this is a wise and understanding people

7 --a great nation. For how great must that nation be, which

hath God near them, as the Lord our God is on all occasions, 8 if we call upon him! And how great must the nation be,

which hath such rules of rectitude, and such righteous judgments, as are contained in the whole law, which I this day lay

before you.

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Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently. Forget not all the things which thine eyes have seen, and let them not depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; that thou

mayst impress upon thy children, and thy childrens' children, 10 that day when you stood in the presence of the Lord our God

at Choreb, on the day of the solemn assembly. For the Lord said to me, Assemble the people before me, and let them hear

my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days they 11 live on the earth. And let them teach their children. So you

came near and stood at the foot of the mountain. Though the

mountain was blazing with fire up to heaven, there was dark12 ness, thick darkness, a turbid tempest. And the Lord uttered

to you, from the midst of the fire, the sound of words which 13 you heard. You saw no similitude, but only heard a voice.

And when he had declared to you his covenant, which he

commanded you to perform, even the ten commandments, he 14 wrote them on two tables of stone. And the Lord command

ed me at that time to teach you rules of rectitude, and judg

ments, for you to practise in the land to which you are going, 15 to take possession of it. Therefore watch your souls with dili.

gence; for you saw no similitude on the day when the Lord

spoke to you at Choreb, in the mount, out of the midst of the 16 fire; that you may not transgress, and make for yourselves

a graven image—any kind of image, the likeness of man or 17 woman; the likeness of any of the beasts which are on the

earth; the likeness of any winged bird, which flieth in the air; 18 the likeness of any reptile, which creepeth on the ground; the

likeness of any fish which is in the waters below the earth ; 19 and that upon looking up to heaven, and seeing the sun, and

the moon, and the stars, and all the host of heaven, thou mayst not be led astray, and worship them, and perform religious ser

vice to those things which the Lord thy God hath arranged in 20 due order, for all the nations which are under heaven. God hath

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