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Of the fiery serpents. CHAP. *with much people, and with a strong taria. 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him. 22 " And the children of 1srael, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor. 23 And the LoRD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 24 Aaron shalfbe gathered unto his ple: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Is- rael, because ye rebel'ed against my word at the water of Meribah. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put thern upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. 27 And Moses did as the Lord commanded : and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. 29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Is
rael CHAP. XXI. ND when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners. 2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities. 3. And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, 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 #. against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7 * Therefore the people came to Moses, and said. We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LoRD, and against thee; pray unto the lo that he take away the 7
XXI. Journeys of the Israelites. serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one #. is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall ive. 9 And Moses 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 Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at lje-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sun-risIng. 12 From thence they removed, 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 Moab, between Moab and the Amorites, 14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, 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 Moab. 16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water. 17. Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: 18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direct tion 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 Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon. 21 || And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 Let me pass through thy 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 o highway, until we be past thy borets.
23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against so into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel:
24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon : for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in * villages thereof.
Balaam is sent for by Balak.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had sought against the former king of Moab, 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 prepared: 28 For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon : it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon. 29 Wo to thee, Moab | Thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amo11tes. 30 We have shot at them ; Heshbon is erished even unto Dibon, and we have aid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba. 31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, 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, an his people, to the battle at Edrei. 34 And the Lord said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou 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 the assed his land. &H'. XXII.
ND the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. 2 : And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: 6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, Curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prerail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot
His ass speaks to him. that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. 7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. 8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the Lord shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. 9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? 10 And Balaam suid unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 11 Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. 12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. 13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the Lond refuseth
all to give me leave to go with you.
14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Ba'ak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us. 15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. 16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zipor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee om coming unto me: 17 For I will promote thee unto very great honour, o I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. 18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now, therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more. 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them: but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. 21 And Balaam rose up in the 1:orning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 22 " And God's anger was kindled because he went : and the angel of the Lorr, stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the ass saw the angel of the Lond standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, o went into the 1
Balak entertains Balaam.
field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 But the angel of the LoRD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25 Aud when the ass saw the angel of the Lond, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 25 And the angel of the Lord went further, and stoodin a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitto nine timese three times? 29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thce. 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am rot I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day ! was I ever wont to do so unto thee! And he said, Nay. 31 Then the Lond opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lond standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the Lond said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times ' behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against the : now therefore, if it displease thce, I will get me back again. 35 And the angel of the Lond said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak: so Balaam went with the princes of Balak. 36 ‘' And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. 37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me ! am I o, able indeed to promote thee to hodout I 38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing 1 the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.
Balak's sacrifices, 39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjath-huzoth. 40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people. CHAP. §§
ND Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go: peradventure the Lord will come to meet me and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. . And he went to an high place. 4 And God met Balaam; and he said unto him, 1 have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon cuery altar a bullock and a ram. 5 And the Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. 6 And he returned unto him, and lo, he stood by his burnt-sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, sayin Čome, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or low shalli defy, whom the Lord hath not defied ? o 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the Hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel ! Let Ine did the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his' 11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast blessed them altogether. 12 And he answered and said, Must 1 not take heed to speak that which the LoRD hath put in my mouth ! 13. And Balak said unto him, Come, I ray thee, with me unto another place, rom whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. 14 " And lie brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. 15. And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt-offering, while I meet the Żoło yonder,
Israel's happiness, and the
16 And the Lond met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. 17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab, with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken? 18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man. that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it T 20. Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. 23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought ! 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a youn lion: he shall not lie down until he eat y the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. 25 || And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. 26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do 1 27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon. 29 And Balaam said unto Balak. Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. 30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every
Star of Jacob foretold. mighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open :
5 How j. are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as ; by the river's side, as the trees of ign-aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar-trees beside the waters. 7. He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 God brought him forth out of Egypt: he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up 1 Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee. 10 " And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. 11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto #. honour; but lo, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour. 12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, 13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the Lond, to do either ood or bad of mine own mind; but what the Lord saith, that will I speak 1 14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days. 15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the Most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open : 17 s shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall coine a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. 19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. 20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek tras
the first of the nations but his latter end
2imri and Cozbi slain. 21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, ..", is thy dwelling-place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 22 Nevertheless, the Kenite shall be wasted, until Ashur shall carry thee away captive. 23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this 24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Ashur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish ever. 25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: an Balak also went
his way. CHAP. XXV.
A ND Israel abode in Shittim, and the -- eople began to commit whoredom with t aughters of Moab.
2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their s: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their o:
3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalj and the anger of the Lord was kin
4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.
5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were
6 * And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly: So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
10 * And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
11 #hinelas. the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, (while he was zealous for my sake among them,) that I consumed not the children of Israel in my
ousy. 12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: 13 And he shall have it, and his seed af. ter him, even the covenant of an everlasting iesthood; because he was zealous for his , and made an atonement for the children of Israel. '
CHAP. XXV, XXVI.
The Israelites numbered.
14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.
15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.
16 || And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
ii Vex the Midianites and smite them:
18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.
CHAP. XXVI. Ao it came to pass after the plague, that the Lord spake unto Moses, and
unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest,
2 'file the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, throughout their fathers' house, all that are able to go to war in Israel. 3. And Moses and Eleazar the priest spake with them in the plains of Moab by 3. near Jericho, saying, 4 Take the sum of the people, from twenty years old and upward; as the Lond commanded Moses and the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of
Po o 5 * Reuben the eldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, of whom cometh the family of the Hanochites: of Pallu, the family of the Palluites: 6 Öf Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Carmi, the family of the Carmites. 7 These are the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty. 8 And the sons of Pallu; Eliab. 9 And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the Lord : 10 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men; and they became a sign. 11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not. 12 || The sons of Simeon aster their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the Ho, of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites: 13 Of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites: