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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Deuteronomy 3:1-29


  • Victory over King Og of Bashan (1-7)

  • Division of the land east of the Jordan (8-20)

  • Joshua told not to be afraid (21, 22)

  • Moses not to enter the land (23-29)

3  “Then we turned and went up by way of Ba′shan. And Og, the king of Ba′shan, came out with all his people to meet us in battle at Ed′re·i.+  So Jehovah said to me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I will give him and all his people and his land into your hand, and you will do to him just as you did to Si′hon the king of the Am′or·ites, who lived in Hesh′bon.’  So Jehovah our God also gave King Og of Ba′shan and all his people into our hand, and we kept striking him down until none of his people survived.  We then captured all his cities. There was no town that we did not take from them—60 cities, all the region of Ar′gob, the kingdom of Og in Ba′shan.+  All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, along with a great number of rural towns.  However, we devoted them to destruction,+ just as we had done to King Si′hon of Hesh′bon, in devoting every city to destruction, including men, women, and children.+  And we took all the livestock and the spoil of the cities for ourselves.  “At that time we seized the land of the two Am′or·ite kings+ who were in the region of the Jordan, from the Ar′non Valley* as far as Mount Her′mon+  (the mountain that the Si·do′ni·ans used to call Sir′i·on and the Am′or·ites used to call Se′nir), 10  all the cities of the tableland,* all Gil′e·ad, and all Ba′shan as far as Sal′e·cah and Ed′re·i,+ the cities of the kingdom that belonged to Og in Ba′shan. 11  For King Og of Ba′shan was the last remaining one of the Reph′a·im. His bier* was made of iron,* and it is still in Rab′bah of the Am′mon·ites. It is nine cubits* long and four cubits wide, by the standard cubit. 12  At that time we took possession of this land: from A·ro′er,+ which is by the Ar′non Valley,* and half of the mountainous region of Gil′e·ad, and I have given its cities to the Reu′ben·ites and the Gad′ites.+ 13  And the rest of Gil′e·ad and all Ba′shan of the kingdom of Og I have given to the half tribe of Ma·nas′seh.+ All the region of Ar′gob, which belongs to Ba′shan, was known as the land of the Reph′a·im. 14  “Ja′ir+ the son of Ma·nas′seh took all the region of Ar′gob+ as far as the boundary of the Gesh′ur·ites and the Ma·ac′a·thites+ and named those villages of Bashan after himself, Hav′voth-ja′ir,*+ to this day. 15  And I have given Gil′e·ad to Ma′chir.+ 16  And to the Reu′ben·ites and the Gad′ites,+ I have given from Gil′e·ad to the Ar′non Valley,* with the middle of the valley as a boundary, and as far as Jab′bok, the valley that is the boundary of the Am′mon·ites, 17  and the Ar′a·bah and the Jordan and the border, from Chin′ne·reth to the Sea of the Ar′a·bah, the Salt Sea,* at the base of the slopes of Pis′gah toward the east.+ 18  “I then gave you this command: ‘Jehovah your God has given you this land to take possession of it. All your valiant men will take up arms and cross over before your brothers, the Israelites.+ 19  Only your wives, your children, and your livestock (I well know that you have a great deal of livestock) will continue dwelling in the cities that I have given you, 20  until Jehovah gives your brothers rest, as he does for you, and they also have taken possession of the land that Jehovah your God will give them across the Jordan. Then you will come back, each one to his possession that I have given you.’+ 21  “At that time I gave this command to Joshua:+ ‘You have seen with your own eyes what Jehovah your God has done to these two kings. Jehovah will do the same thing to all the kingdoms into which you will cross over.+ 22  You must not be afraid of them, for Jehovah your God is the one fighting for you.’+ 23  “At that time I pleaded with Jehovah, saying, 24  ‘O Sovereign Lord Jehovah, you have begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty arm,+ for what god in the heavens or on the earth performs such mighty deeds as you?+ 25  Please let me pass over and see the good land that is across the Jordan, this good mountainous region and Leb′a·non.’+ 26  But Jehovah was still furious with me because of you,+ and he would not listen to me. Rather, Jehovah said to me, ‘Enough from you! Never speak to me again about this matter. 27  Go up to the top of Pis′gah,+ and look to the west and north and south and east and view the land with your eyes, for you will not cross over this Jordan.+ 28  Commission Joshua+ and encourage him and strengthen him, because he is the one who will cross over+ before this people and he is the one who will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.’ 29  All this happened while we were dwelling in the valley in front of Beth-pe′or.+


Or “Wadi Arnon.”
Or “plateau.”
Or “sarcophagus; coffin.”
Or possibly, “black basalt.”
A cubit equaled 44.5 cm (17.5 in.). See App. B14.
Or “Wadi Arnon.”
Meaning “Tent Villages of Jair.”
Or “Wadi Arnon.”
That is, the Dead Sea.

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