Numbers Trivia Question:

Numbers 21

The Israelites make a deal with God
(Deliver the Aradites to us and we will kill them all)

21:1 And 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.

When the Canaanite king heard that Israel had sent spies, he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners.

21:2 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.

Israel vowed a vow to God [1], and said,
If you deliver the Canaanites into my hand, I will destroy their cities.

21:3 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.

God listened to the voice of Israel, delivered the Canaanites, and the Israel destroyed them and their cities. [2]

21:4 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.

After destroying the Canaanites, the Israelites journeyed from mount Hor around the land of Edom by way of the Red Sea.

And the Israelites were discouraged.

God sends snakes to bite the Israelites (for complaining)

21:5 And the people spake 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.

The people spoke against God and Moses, saying,
Why did you make us leave Egypt to die in the wilderness?

There is no bread or water, and we hate this light bread. [3]

21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

God sent fiery serpents to bite the people. And many died. [4]

21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

The people came to Moses, and said,
We have sinned by criticizing you and God.

Ask God to take away the serpents.

And Moses prayed for the people.
God tells Moses to make a fiery serpent

21:8 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 that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

21:9 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.

God said to Moses,
Make a fiery serpent and put it on a pole. [5]

Whoever looks at it will live after being bit by a fiery serpent.

So Moses made a brass serpent and put it on a pole.

Whoever was bitten by a fiery serpent didn't die if they looked at it.

The journey from Obath

21:10 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth.

21:11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ijeabarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrising.

21:12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared.

21:13 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.

The Israelites journeyed to Oboth, Ijeabarim, Zared, and the other side of Arnon.

21:14 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,

21:15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab.

You can read about their travels in The Book of the wars of the Lord. [6]

This book will describe in detail what he [God?] did in the Red Sea, the brooks of Arnon, at the stream of brooks, and the dwelling of Ar.

21:16 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.

21:17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

21:18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:

From there they went to Beer, and sang this song:
Spring up, O well. Sing to it.

The princes and people dug it with their staves.

21:19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to Bamoth:

21:20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon.

Then they went to Mattanah, Nahaliel, Bamoth, and to the top of Pisgah.
The Israelites take many cities with the edge of the sword

20:21-3, Cf. Dt 1:3-4, 2:24-36

21:21 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,

21:22 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 king's high way, until we be past thy borders.

Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,
Let me pass through your land. We won't trespass on your fields or vineyards, or drink water from your wells. We'll stay on the king's highway until we leave your land.

21:23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

But Sihon wouldn't let them pass through his land. He gathered all his people to fight against Israel.

21:24 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.

21:25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.

21:26 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, even unto Arnon.

The Israelites smote Sihon with edge of the sword, possessed his land, and took all of his cities. [7]

21:27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

21:28 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.

21:29 Woe 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 Amorites.

21:30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

That's why the proverbs say,
Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built.

Fire came out of Heshbon and burned Ar, etc.

Woe to you, Moab! We have shot at them.

Heshbon has died. We have killed it.

God delivers Og into Moses's hands

20:31-35, Cf. Dt 1:3-4, 3:3-6

21:31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

The Israelites lived in the land of the Amorites.

21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

Moses sent spies to Jaazer, and the Israelites drove out the Amorites who lived there.

21:33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

They went by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan fought against them.

21:34 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.

God said to Moses,

Don't be afraid of Og; I have delivered him, and all of his people, into your hand.

You shall do to him as you did to Sihon.

21:35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

So the Israelites killed him, his sons, and all his peopled, and possessed their land. [8]