ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 289



2:27–3:9
D e u teronom y
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‘Let us travel through your land. We will stay on the main road and
won’t turn off into the fields on either side. Sell us food to eat and
water to drink, and we will pay for it. All we want is permission to pass
through your land. The descendants of Esau who live in Seir allowed
us to go through their country, and so did the Moabites, who live in
Ar. Let us pass through until we cross the Jordan into the land the
Lord our God is giving us.’
“But King Sihon of Heshbon refused to allow us to pass through, because the Lord your God made Sihon stubborn and defiant so he could
help you defeat him, as he has now done.
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Look, I have begun to hand King Sihon
and his land over to you. Begin now to conquer and occupy his land.’
“Then King Sihon declared war on us and mobilized his forces at Jahaz.
But the Lord our God handed him over to us, and we crushed him, his
sons, and all his people. We conquered all his towns and completely destroyed e­ veryone—­men, women, and children. Not a single person was
spared. We took all the livestock as plunder for ourselves, along with anything of value from the towns we ransacked.
“The Lord our God also helped us conquer Aroer on the edge of the
Arnon Gorge, and the town in the gorge, and the whole area as far as
­Gilead. No town had walls too strong for us. However, we avoided the
land of the Ammonites all along the Jabbok River and the towns in the
hill c­ ountry—­all the places the Lord our God had commanded us to
leave alone.
“Next we turned and headed for the land of Bashan, where King Og and
his entire army attacked us at Edrei. But the Lord told me, ‘Do not be
afraid of him, for I have given you victory over Og and his entire army, and
I will give you all his land. Treat him just as you treated King Sihon of the
Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon.’
“So the Lord our God handed King Og and all his people over to us,
and we killed them all. Not a single person survived. We conquered all
sixty of his ­towns—­the entire Argob region in his kingdom of Bashan.
Not a single town escaped our conquest. These towns were all fortified
with high walls and barred gates. We also took many unwalled villages at
the same time. We completely destroyed the kingdom of Bashan, just as
we had destroyed King Sihon of Heshbon. We destroyed all the people in
every town we ­conquered—­men, women, and children alike. But we kept
all the livestock for ourselves and took plunder from all the towns.
“So we took the land of the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan ­River—
­all the way from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon. (Mount Hermon





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