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Numbers 21:28-29

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21:28 For fire went out from Heshbon,

a flame from the city of Sihon.

It has consumed Ar of Moab

and the lords 1  of the high places of Arnon.

21:29 Woe to you, Moab.

You are ruined, O people of Chemosh! 2 

He has made his sons fugitives,

and his daughters the prisoners of King Sihon of the Amorites.

1 tc Some scholars emend to בָּלְעָה (balah), reading “and devoured,” instead of בַּעֲלֵי (baaley, “its lords”); cf. NAB, NRSV, TEV. This emendation is closer to the Greek and makes a better parallelism, but the MT makes good sense as it stands.

2 sn The note of holy war emerges here as the victory is a victory over the local gods as well as over the people.



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