Numbers Chapter 21 and Chapter 22

Chapter 21: The Israylites Defeat the Canaanites at Hormah

1 The king of Arad, the Canaanite who dwelt in the south heard that Ysrayl was coming on the road to Atharim. Then he fought against Ysrayl and took some of them prisoners. 2 So Ysrayl made a vow to Yah and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities”. 3 And Yah listened to the voice of Ysrayl and delivered up the Canaanites and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah (literally utter destruction).

The Bronze Serpent

4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 5 And the people spoke against Yah and against Moshe: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water and our soul loathes this worthless bread”. 6 So Yah sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people and many of the people of Ysrayl died. 7 Therefore, the people came to Moshe and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against Yah and against you. Pray to Yah that He take away the serpents from us”. So Moshe prayed for the people. 8 Then Yah said to Moshe, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at  shall live”. 9 So Moshe made a bronze serpent and put it on a pole and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. (compare to John 3:14-15 lift Yahoshua Messiyah up, believe and live; 1 Corinthians 10:9).

From Mount Hor to Moab

10 Now the children of Ysrayl moved on and camped in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Iye Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites. For the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore, it is said in the Book of the Wars of Yah: “Waheb in Suphah (ancient unknown places or What He did in the Red Sea), the brooks of the Arnon–15 And the slope of the brooks that reaches to the dwelling of Ar and lies on the border of Moab”. 16 From there they went to Beer which is the well where Yah said to Moshe, “Gather the people together and I will give them water”. 17 Then Ysrayl sang this song: “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it–18 The well the leaders sank, dug by the nation’s nobles, by the lawgiver, with their staves”. (stave or wood stick or rod). And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah. 19 From Mattanah to Nahaliyl, from Nahliyl to Bamoth. 20 And from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks down on the wasteland (Hebrew Yeshimon for desert of wilderness).

King Sihon Defeated

21 Then Ysrayl sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites saying: 22 “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards. We will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king’s highway until we have passed through your territory”. 23 But Sihon would not allow Ysrayl to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Ysrayl in the wilderness and he came to Yahaz and fought against Ysray. 24 Then Ysrayl defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Yabbok, as far as the people of Ammon. For the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. 25 So Ysrayl took all these cities and Ysrayl dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore, those who speak in proverbs say: “Come to Heshbon, let it be built. Let the city of Sihon be repaired”. 28 “For Fire went out from Heshbon. A flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the masters of the heights of the Arnon. 29 Woe to you, Moab! You have perished, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives and his daughters into captivity, to Sihon king of the Amorites.” 30 “But we have shot at them. Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon. Then we laid waste as far as Nophah which reaches to Medeba.” 31 Thus Ysrayl dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 Then Moshe sent to spy out Yazer and took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.

King Of Defeated

33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 34 Then Yah said to Moshe, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon”. 35 So they defeated him, his sons and all his people until there was no survivor left him and they took possession of his land.

Chapter 22: Balak king of Moab Sends for Balaam

1 Then the children of Ysrayl moved and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Yordan across from Yericho. 2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Ysrayl had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Ysrayl. 4 So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field”. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5 Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor which is near the River (that is the Euphrates) in the land of the sons of his people (Or the people of Amau) to call him saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt, see they cover the face of the earth and are settling next to me!” 6 Therefore, please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed and he whom you curse is cursed”. 7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak. 8 And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight and I will bring back word to you, as Yah speaks to me”. So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.

9 Then Yah came to Balaam and said, Who are these men with you?” 10 So Balaam said to Yah, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab has sent to me saying: 11 “Look, a people has come out of Egypt and they cover the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to overpower them and drive them out”. 12 And Yah said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed”. (Compare to Genesis 12:2-3). 13 So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go back to your land for Yah has refused to give me permission to go with you”. 14 And the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us”. 15 Then Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more honorable than they. 16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me. 17 For I will certainly honor you greatly and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me”. 18 Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of Yah my Almighty, to do less or more”. 19 “Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more Yah will say to me”. 20 And Yah came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them but only the word which I speak to you–that you shall do”. 21 So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

Balaam, the Donkey and the Warrior Angel

22 Then Yah’s anger was aroused because he went and the angel (or Hebrew malakim) of Yah took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 23 Now the donkey saw the angel of Yah standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. 24 Then the angel of Yah stood in a narrow path between the vineyards with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. 25 And when the donkey saw the angel of Yah, she pushed herself against the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again. 26 Then the angel of Yah went further and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the donkey saw the angel of Yah, she lay down under Balaam. So Balaam’s anger was aroused and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28 Then Yah opened the mouth of the donkey and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have struck me these three times”? 29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!” 30 So the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?” And he said, “No”. 31 Then Yah opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel of Yah standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of Yah said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you because your way is perverse (or contrary) before Me. (Compare to Revelation 2:14 and Pseudepigrapha volume 2, page 326 chapter 18:13-14 the plan was to get the men of Ysrayl to commit sexual sins with Midianite women and get them to eat things sacrificed to their gods since he could not curse them).

33 “The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now and let her live”. 34 And Balaam said to the angel of Yah, “I have sinned for I did not know You stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases You, I will turn back”. 35 Then the angel of Yah said to Balaam, “Go with the men but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak”. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. 36 Now when Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab which is on the border at the Arnon, the boundary of the territory. 37 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not earnestly send to you, calling for you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?” 38 And Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you! Now, have I any power at all to say anything? The word that Yah puts in my mouth, that I must speak”. 39 So Balaam went with Balak and they came to Kiryath Huzoth. 40 Then Balak offered oxen and sheep and he sent some to Balaam and to the princes who were with him. 41 So it was, the next day that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people.

Update 10-05-2015: Compare to the wolf looking for its son and was falsely accused by 10 of the sons. The wolf talks to Yahqob saying that it is innocent of the charges. Read Jasher 43:40-46.

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