The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Book of Numbers
Here is a list of the stages through which the Israelites journeyed, when Moses and Aaron had led their armies out of Egypt.
It was Moses that kept a record of the places where they encamped, now here, now there, at the Lord’s bidding.
They set out from Ramesses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the second day of the paschal feast, in full sight of the Egyptians, who must perforce let them go.
And indeed these had enough to do burying their first-born, whom the Lord had smitten when he took vengeance on the powers of Egypt.
Their first encampment was at Socoth,
and from Socoth they marched to Etham, on the verge of the desert;
and from there they marched along past Phihahiroth, which is opposite Beelsephon, and encamped by Magdalus.
From Phihahiroth they went across through the heart of the sea into the wilderness, and after three days’ march in the desert of Etham, halted at Mara.
From Mara they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm-trees, and pitched their tents there.
When they left it, they encamped by the Red Sea, and from the Red Sea
they moved their camp to the desert of Sin,
from the desert of Sin to Daphca,
thence to Alus,
thence to Raphidim, where the people could not find enough water to drink.
Then from Raphidim to the desert of Sinai,
thence to the Graves of Greed,
thence to Haseroth,
thence to Rethma,
thence to Remmonphares,
thence to Lebna,
thence to Ressa,
thence to Ceelatha,
thence to mount Sepher.
Then from mount Sepher to Arada,
thence to Maceloth,
thence to Thahath,
thence to Thare,
thence to Methca,
thence to Hesmona,
thence to Moseroth,
thence to Benejaacan,
thence to mount Gadgad.
Then from mount Gadgad to Jetebatha,
thence to Hebrona,
thence to Asiongaber,
thence to the desert of Sin, that is, to Cades.
It was after they had left Cades that they encamped on mount Hor, at the verge of the Edomite territory;
and now, at the Lord’s command, the high priest Aaron went up to the top of mount Hor and died there. This was on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year since the Israelites left Egypt,
and Aaron had now reached the age of a hundred and twenty-three.
Now, too, the Chanaanite king who had his capital, Arad, in the south country, heard that Israel was marching against Chanaan.✻
From mount Hor they moved their camp to Salmona,
thence to Phunon,
thence to Oboth,
thence to Ijeabarim, within the frontiers of Moab,
thence to Dibongad,
thence to Helmondeblathaim,
thence to the hill country of Abarim, by mount Nabo.
When they left the hill country of Abarim, they removed to the plains of Moab, facing Jericho on the other side of Jordan,
their camp stretching across the whole Moabite plain from Bethsimoth to Abelsatim.
And here the Lord spoke to Moses
giving him a message for the Israelites: When you have crossed Jordan, and find yourselves in the land of Chanaan,
you must destroy all its inhabitants, break down their pillars, shatter their idols, devastate their mountain shrines.
The land must be swept clean before you settle in it. Here it is that I mean to give you your home,
which you will divide up by lot, wide lands for the many, a narrow strip for the few, each clan and each household receiving such portion as the lot has assigned to it.
If you refuse to root out the nations that now live there, those who are left will be eyesores to you, barbs in your side, to dispute with you the land that is yours;✻
and meanwhile, I will plague you with the plagues that should have been theirs.
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