11:17 Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, “Please allow us 1 to pass through your land.” But the king of Edom rejected the request. 2 Israel sent the same request to the king of Moab, but he was unwilling to cooperate. 3 So Israel stayed at Kadesh. 11:18 Then Israel 4 went through the desert and bypassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab. They traveled east of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon River; 5 they did not go through Moabite territory (the Arnon was Moab’s border).
1 tn Heb “me.” (Collective Israel is the speaker.)
2 tn Heb “did not listen.”
3 tn Heb “Also to the king of Moab he sent, but he was unwilling.”
4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Israel; the pronoun in the Hebrew text represents a collective singular) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied in the translation for clarity.