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Arad Destroyed 21:1 When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive.
2 And Israel vowed a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction.”
3 And the Lord heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called Hormah.
The Bronze Serpent4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way.
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”
6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”
9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
The Song of the Well10 And the people of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.
11 And they set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness that is opposite Moab, toward the sunrise.
12 From there they set out and camped in the Valley of Zered.
13 From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord,“Waheb in Suphah, and the valleys of the Arnon,
15 and the slope of the valleysthat extends to the seat of Ar,and leans to the border of Moab.”
16 And from there they continued to Beer; that is the well of which the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, so that I may give them water.”
17 Then Israel sang this song:“Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!—
18 the well that the princes made,that the nobles of the people dug,with the scepter and with their staffs.”
And from the wilderness they went on to Mattanah,
19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20 and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah that looks down on the desert.
King Sihon Defeated21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
22 “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water of a well. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
24 And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong.
25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
27 Therefore the ballad singers say,“Come to Heshbon, let it be built;let the city of Sihon be established.
28 For fire came out from Heshbon,flame from the city of Sihon.It devoured Ar of Moab,and swallowed the heights of the Arnon.
29 Woe to you, O Moab!You are undone, O people of Chemosh!He has made his sons fugitives,and his daughters captives,to an Amorite king, Sihon.
30 So we overthrew them;Heshbon, as far as Dibon, perished;and we laid waste as far as Nophah;fire spread as far as Medeba.”
King Og Defeated31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.
32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.
33 Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34 But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
35 So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no survivor left. And they possessed his land.
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Balak Summons Balaam 22:1 Then the people of Israel set out and camped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.
2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3 And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel.
4 And Moab said to the elders of Midian, “This horde will now lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” So Balak the son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
5 sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the people of Amaw, to call him, saying, “Behold, a people has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me.
6 Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”
7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand. And they came to Balaam and gave him Balak’s message.
8 And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the Lord speaks to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
9 And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?”
10 And Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
11 ‘Behold, a people has come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth. Now come, curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to fight against them and drive them out.’”
12 God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”
13 So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go to your own land, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.”
14 So the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.”
15 Once again Balak sent princes, more in number and more honorable than these.
16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: ‘Let nothing hinder you from coming to me,
17 for I will surely do you great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Come, curse this people for me.’”
18 But Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the Lord my God to do less or more.
19 So you, too, please stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.”
20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only do what I tell you.”
21 So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
Balaam’s Donkey and the Angel22 But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side.
25 And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.”
30 And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face.
32 And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.
33 The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.”
34 Then Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.”
35 And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.
36 When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, on the border formed by the Arnon, at the extremity of the border.
37 And Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?”
38 Balaam said to Balak, “Behold, I have come to you! Have I now any power of my own to speak anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak.”
39 Then Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.
40 And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent for Balaam and for the princes who were with him.
41 And in the morning Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal, and from there he saw a fraction of the people.
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The Blessings of Wisdom8:1 Does not wisdom call?Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.Pride and arrogance and the way of eviland perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,so that the waters might not transgress his command,when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,and I was daily his delight,rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited worldand delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,watching daily at my gates,waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds lifeand obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;all who hate me love death.”
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Ascribe to the Lord GloryA Psalm of David.29:1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;the God of glory thunders,the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birthand strips the forests bare,and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!May the Lord bless his people with peace!
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Joy Comes with the MorningA Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.30:1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me upand have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,and his favor is for a lifetime.Weeping may tarry for the night,but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,you made my mountain stand strong;you hid your face;I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,if I go down to the pit?Will the dust praise you?Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;you have loosed my sackclothand clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
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