Deuteronomy 3

1“We turned and went on the road to Bashan. Og, the king of Bashan, and all his men came out to fight against us at Edrei. 2The Lord said to me, 'Don’t be afraid of Og. I have decided to give him to you. I will give you all his men and his land. You will defeat him just like you defeated Sihon, the Amorite king who ruled in Heshbon.’ 3“So the Lord our God let us defeat Og, the king of Bashan. We destroyed him and all his men. None of them were left. 4Then we took all the cities that belonged to Og at that time. We took all the cities from Og’s people—60 cities in the area of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. 5All these cities were very strong. They had high walls, gates, and strong bars on the gates. There were also many towns that did not have walls. 6We destroyed them just like we destroyed the cities of Sihon king of Heshbon. We completely destroyed every city and all the people in them, even the women and the babies. 7But we kept all the cows and the valuable things from the cities for ourselves. 8“In that way, we took the land from the two Amorite kings. We took that land on the east side of the Jordan River, from Arnon Valley to Mount Hermon. 9(The people from Sidon call Mount Hermon, Sirion. But the Amorites called it Senir.) 10We took all the cities in the high plain and all of Gilead. We took all of Bashan, all the way to Salecah and Edrei. Salecah and Edrei were cities of Og’s kingdom of Bashan.” ( 11Og was the king of Bashan. Og was one of the few Rephaite people still alive. Og’s bed was made from iron. It was over 13 feet long and 6 feet wide. The bed is still in the city of Rabbah, where the Ammonite people live.) 12“So we took that land to be ours. I gave part of this land to the families groups of Reuben and Gad. I gave them the land from Aroer in the Arnon Valley to the hill country of Gilead with the cities in it. They got half of the hill country of Gilead. 13I gave the other half of Gilead and the whole area of Bashan to half of the family group of Manasseh.” (Bashan was Og’s kingdom. Part of Bashan was called Argob. It was also called the Land of Rephaim. 14Jair, from the family group of Manasseh, took the whole area of Argob ˻(Bashan)˼. That area went all the way to the border of the Geshurite people and the Maacathite people. That area was named for Jair. So even today, people call Bashan the Towns of Jair.)˼ 15“I gave Gilead to Makir. 16And to the Reuben family group and the Gad family group, I gave the land that begins at Gilead. This land goes from the Arnon Valley to the Jabbok River. The middle of the valley is one border. The Jabbok River is the border for the Ammonite people. 17The Jordan River near the desert is their western border. Lake Galilee is north of this area and the Dead Sea (the Salt Sea) is to the south. It is at the bottom of the cliffs of Pisgah. They are to the east. 18“At that time, I gave those family groups this command: 'The Lord your God has given you the land on this side of the Jordan River to live in. But now your fighting men must take their weapons and lead the other Israelite family groups across the river. 19Your wives, your little children, and your cows (I know you have many cows) will stay here in the cities I have given you. 20But you must help your Israelite relatives until they take the land that the Lord is giving them on the other side of the Jordan River. Help them until the Lord gives them peace there, just as he did for you here. Then you may come back to this land that I have given you.’ 21“Then I told Joshua, 'You have seen all the things the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same thing to all the kingdoms you will enter. 22Don’t fear the kings of these lands, because the Lord your God will fight for you.’ 23“Then I begged the Lord to do something special for me. I said, 24'Lord my Master, I am your servant. I know that you have shown me only a small part of the wonderful and powerful things you will do. There is no god in heaven or earth that can do the great and powerful things you have done! 25Please let me go across the Jordan River and see the good land on the other side. Let me see the beautiful hill country and Lebanon.’ 26“But the Lord was angry at me because of you. He refused to listen to me. The Lord said to me, 'That’s enough! Don’t say another word about this. 27Go up to the top of Mount Pisgah. Look to the west, to the north, to the south, and to the east. You may see these things with your eyes, but you can never go across the Jordan River. 28You must give instructions to Joshua. Encourage him. Make him strong! Why? Because Joshua must lead the people across the Jordan River. You can see the land, but Joshua will lead them into that land. He will help them take the land and live in it.’ 29“So we stayed in the valley across from Beth Peor.”

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