Chapter 3: King Og Defeated
1 “Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan and Og king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people to battle at Edrei. 2 And Yah said to me, Do not fear him for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand. You shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites who dwelt at Heshbon. 3 So Yah our Almighty also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan with all his people and we attacked him until he had no survivors remaining. 4 And we took all his cities at that time. There was not a city which we did not take from them. Sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5 All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates and bars besides a great many rural towns. 6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children of every city. 7 But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as booty for ourselves. 8 And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Yordan from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon. 9 (The Sidonites call Hermon Sirion and the Amorites call it Senir). 10 All the cities of the plain, all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants (Hebrew rephaim). Indeed, his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width (thirteen and half feet long and six feet wide) according to the standard cubit”.
The Land East of the Yordan Divided
12 “And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the River Arnon and half the mountains of Gilead and its cities, I gave to Reubenites and the Gadites. 13 The rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh. (All the region of Argob, with all Bashan was called the land of the giants. 14 Yair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites and called Bashan after his own name, Havoth Yair, to this day). 15 Also I gave Gilead to Machir. 16 And to the Reubenites and the Gadites, I gave from Gilead as far as the River Arnon, the middle of the river as the border, as far as the River Yabbok, the border of the people of Ammon. 17 The plain also with the Yordan as the border, from Chinnereth as far as the east side of the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea), below the slopes of Pisgah. 18 Then I commanded you at that time saying: Yah your Almighty has given you this land to posses. All you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the children of Ysrayl. 19 But your wives, your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall stay in your cities which I have given you. 20 Until Yah has given rest to your brothers as to you and they also possess the land which Yah your Almighty is giving them beyond the Yordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you. 21 And I commanded Yahoshua at that time saying, Your eyes have seen all that Yah your Almighty has done to these two kings. So will Yah do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. 22 You must not fear them, for Yah your Almighty Himself fights for you”.
Moshe Forbidden to Enter the Land
23 Then I pleaded with Yah at that time saying: 24 “O Yah Father, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what Power is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? 25 I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Yordan, those pleasant mountains and Lebanon 26 But Yah was angry with me on your account and would not listen to me. So Yah said to me: Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south and the east: Behold it with your eyes for you shall not cross over this Yordan. 28 But command Yahoshua and encourage him and strengthen him. For he shall go over before this people and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see. 29 So we stayed in the valley opposite Beth Peor”.
Chapter 4: Moshe Commands Obedience
1 “Now O Ysrayl, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live and go in and possess the land which Yah, Power of your fathers is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word which I command you nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yah your Almighty which I command you. 3 Your eyes have seen what Yah did at Baal Peor. For Yah your Almighty has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. 4 But you who held fast to Yah your Almighty are alive today, every one of you. 5 Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as Yah my Power commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. 6 Therefore, be careful to observe them. For this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7 For what great nation is there that has Yah so near to it as the Almighty our Father is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? 9 Only take heed to yourself and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren. 10 Especially concerning the day you stood before Yah your Almighty in Horeb, when Yah said to me, Gather the people to Me and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth and that they may teach their children. 11 Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud and thick darkness. 12 And Yah spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words but saw no form. You only heard a voice. 13 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the ten commandments and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 And Yah commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might observe them in the land which you cross over to possess”.
Beware of Idolatry: Don’t Worship Idols
15 “Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when Yah spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire. 16 Lest you corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure the likeness of male or female–17 The likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air. 18 The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. 19 And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven and when you see the sun, the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them (or bow down to them), which Yah your Almighty has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. 20 But Yah has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. 21 Furthermore, Yah was angry with me for your sakes and swore that I would not cross over the Yordan and that I would not enter the good land which Yah your Almighty is giving you as an inheritance. 22 But I must die in this land. I must not cross over the Yordan but you shall cross over and possess that good land. 23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Yah your Almighty which He made with you and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which Yah your Almighty had forbidden you. 24 For Yah your Almighty is a consuming fire, a jealous Power. (Compare to Hebrews 12:29 and Exodus 20:4-5).
25 When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything and do evil in the sight of Yah your Almighty to provoke Him to anger. 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Yordan to possess. You will not prolong your days in it but will be utterly destroyed. 27 And Yah will scatter you among the peoples and you will be left few in number among the nations where Yah will drive you. 28 And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 But from there you will seek Yah your Almighty and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Compare to Mattithyah 6:33, Psalm 27:8, Psalm 119:2,Yeremiyah 29:11-14, Yesiyah 58:2, Luke 11:9-13 and Hosea 5:15, seek Yahoshua Revelation 3:20).
30 When you are in distress and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to Yah your Power and obey His voice. 31 (For Yah your Almighty is a merciful Father), He will not forsake you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
32 For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that Yah created man on the earth and ask from one end of heaven to the other whether any great thing like this has happened or anything like it has been heard. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of Yah speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard and live? 34 Or did Yah ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and by great terrors according to all that Yah your Almighty did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown that you might know that Yah Himself is Power. There is none other besides Him. (Compare to Yesiyah 43:10-12, Yesiyah 44:6, Yesiyah 45:5,18,21,Yesiyah 46:9, Yesiyah 49:6, Hosea 13:4, Exodus 20:3, 1 Kings 8:60, Deuteronomy 4:39, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy 32:39, Psalm 106:21, 2 Shemuyah 7:22).
36 Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you. On earth He showed you His great fire and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. (Compare to John 10:4). 37 And because He loved your fathers, therefore, He choose their descendants after them and He brought you out of Egypt with His presence, with His mighty power. 38 Driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. 39 Therefore, know this day and consider it in your heart that Yah Himself is Most High in heaven above and on the earth beneath. There is no other. 40 You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you and that you may prolong your days in the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you for all time”.
Cities of Refuge East of the Yordan: Safe Towns
41 Then Moshe set apart three cities on this side of the Yordan, toward the rising of the sun–42 That the man-slayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 43 Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites (Compare to Numbers 35:6).
The Second Speech: Introduction to Yah’s Law: Moshe Tells What Yah Demands
44 Now this is the law which Moshe set before the children of Ysrayl. 45 These are the testimonies, the statutes and the judgments which Moshe spoke to the children of Ysrayl after they came out of Egypt. 46 On this side of the Yordan, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moshe and the children of Ysrayl defeated after they came out of Egypt. 47 And they took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Yordan, toward the rising of the sun. 48 From Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, even to Mount Sion (Reads Sirion compare to Deuteronomy 3:9, that is Hermon). 49 And all the plain on the east side of the Yordan as far as the Sea of the Arabah, below the slopes of Pisgah.