Then they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to live as temporary residents 1 in the land. There 2 is no pasture for your servants’ flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. So now, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”
“The elders 1 will listen 2 to you, and then you and the elders of Israel must go to the king of Egypt and tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met 3 with us. So now, let us go 4 three days’ journey into the wilderness, so that we may sacrifice 5 to the Lord our God.’
1 So Moses went back 2 to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, “Let me go, so that I may return 3 to my relatives 4 in Egypt and see 5 if they are still alive.” Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”
And they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us go a three-day journey 1 into the desert so that we may sacrifice 2 to the Lord our God, so that he does not strike us with plague or the sword.” 3
Please let us pass through 1 your country. We will not pass through the fields or through the vineyards, nor will we drink water from any well. We will go by the King’s Highway; 2 we will not turn to the right or the left until we have passed through your region.’” 3
So 1 now, please come and curse this nation 2 for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them 3 and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, 4 and whoever you curse is cursed.”
Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you can observe them. You will see only a part of them, but you will not see all of them. Curse them for me from there.”
Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind 1 on the earth, and ask 2 from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.
“Tell 1 all the leaders of Shechem this: ‘Why would you want 2 to have seventy men, all Jerub-Baal’s sons, ruling over you, when you can have just one ruler? Recall that I am your own flesh and blood.’” 3
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.
then they said to him, “Say ‘Shibboleth!’” 1 If he said, “Sibboleth” (and could not pronounce the word 2 correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.