Their king will be greater than Agag;
their kingdom will be exalted.
God brought them out of Egypt;
they have the strength of a wild ox.
They devour hostile nations
and break their bones in pieces;
with their arrows they pierce them.
Like a lion they
The Bronze Snake
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[d] to go around
Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and
against Moses, and said, Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in
The whole Israelite community set out from Kadesh and came to Mount
Hor. 23 At Mount Hor, near the border of Edom, the LORD said to Moses and
Aaron, 24 Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give
the Israelites, because both
many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, 16 but when we
cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of
Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. 17 Please let
us pass through
who has died a natural death. 19 The man who is clean is to sprinkle those who
are unclean on the third and seventh days, and on the seventh day he is to purify
them. Those who are being cleansed must wash their clothes and bathe with
water, and that even
Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of
meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to
them. 7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 Take the staff,and you and your brother
Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to
Israelites must not go near the tent of meeting, or they will bear the
consequences of their sin and will die. 23 It is the Levites who are to do the work
at the tent of meeting and bear the responsibility for any offenses they commit
against it. This is
clothes, and he too will be unclean till evening. This will be a lasting
ordinance both for the Israelites and for the foreigners residing among them.
Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. 12 They
must purify themselves with th
this matter; then you will not defile the holy offerings of the Israelites, and you
will not die.
The Water of Cleansing
19 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: 2 This is a requirement of the law that
the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you
they bring to the LORD will be yours.Everyone in your household who is
ceremonially clean may eat it.
Everything in Israel that is devoted[o] to the LORD is yours. 15 The first
offspring of every womb, both human and animal, that is offered to the LORD
extending into Amorite territory. The Arnon is the border of Moab, between
Moab and the Amorites. 14 That is why the Book of the Wars of the LORD says:
. . . Zahab[e] in Suphah and the ravines,
the Arnon 15 and[f] the slopes of the ravines
that lead to th
He has given up his sons as fugitives
and his daughters as captives
to Sihon king of the Amorites.
But we have overthrown them;
Heshbons dominion has been destroyed all the way to Dibon.
We have demolished them as far as Nophah,
which extends to Medeba
Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or
vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the Kings
Highway until we have passed through your territory.
But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his te
Balaam said, Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven
rams for me.30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on
24 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not
resort to di
Balak brought me from Aram,
the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.
Come, he said, curse Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel.
How can I curse
those whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce
those whom the LORD has not denounced?
From the rocky
No misfortune is seen in Jacob,
no misery observed[h] in Israel.
The LORD their God is with them;
the shout of the King is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt;
they have the strength of a wild ox.
There is no divination against[i] Jacob,
Then Balak said to him, Come with me to another place where you can see
them; you will not see them all but only the outskirts of their camp. And from
there, curse them for me. 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of
Pisgah, and there he
Well, I have come to you now, Balaam replied. But I cant say whatever I
please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.
Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and
sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officia
The donkey said to Balaam, Am I not your own donkey, which you have
always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?
No, he said.
Then the LORD opened Balaams eyes, and he saw the angel of
the LORD standing in the road with
Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite
officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of
the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey,
and his two servant
Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight
them and drive them away.
But God said to Balaam, Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on
those people, because they are blessed.
The next morning Balaam got up a
Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, 3 and
Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled
with dread because of the Israelites.
The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, This horde is go
fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to
the LORD to do the work at the tent of meeting. 7 But only you and your sons
may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the
curtain. I am giving you th
The LORD said to Moses, Put back Aarons staff in front of the ark of the
covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their
grumbling against me, so that they will not die. 11 Moses did just as
the LORD commanded him.
the plague stopped.49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to
those who had died because of Korah.50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the
entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.[l]
The Budding of Aarons Staff
17 [m]The L
So at the LORDs command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All
of them were leaders of the Israelites. 4 These are their names:
from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zakkur;
from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;
from the tribe
Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite
assembly gathered there.6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who
were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the
entire Israelite assembly, Th
From Kibroth Hattaavah the people traveled to Hazeroth and stayed there.
Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses
12 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite
wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 Has the LORD spoken only through
people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 What kind of land do
they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they
unwalled or fortified? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in
it or not? Do
he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?
The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.
When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriams skin was leprous[l]it
became as white as sno