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Go to Commentary on Deut 3
Defeat of Og King of Bashan

1“Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
  2Yahweh said to me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand; and you will do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon.’
  3So Yahweh our God gave Og, the king of Bashan, into our hand also, and all his people; and we struck him down until no survivor was left to him.
  4And we captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city that we did not take from them, 60 cities, the whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
  5All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a great many unwalled villages.
  6We utterly destroyed them as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying every inhabited city; the men, the women and the children.
  7But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as plunder for ourselves.

8“We took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon.
  9(The Sidonians call Mount Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir.)
  10We took all the cities of the plain, and all Gilead and all Bashan to Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
  11(For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bed was a bed of iron; is it not still in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was its length and four cubits its width,a according to the cubit of a man.)

Division of the Land

12“So we took possession of this land at that time, and I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead and its cities.
  13And the rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (All the region of Argob, even all Bashan used to be called the land of Rephaim.
  14Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argo as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, that is Bashan, and named them after his own name, Havvoth-jair, to this day.)
  15I gave Gilead to Machir.
  16To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead to the Arnon Gorge, the middle of the gorge, and its border as far over as the Jabbok River, which is the border of the children of Ammon;
  17the Arabah also and the Jordan River as its border, from the Sea of Chinnerothb even to the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea,c below the slopes of Pisgah on the east.

18“I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘Yahweh your God has given you this land to possess it; but you are to cross over the Jordan armed before your brothers the children of Israel, all the men of valor.
  19But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) will live in your cities that I have given to you
  20until Yahweh gives rest to your brothers as to you, and they also possess the land that Yahweh your God gives them beyond the Jordan, then you may return every man to his possession that I have given to you.’

Moses Forbidden to Cross the Jordan

21“I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that Yahweh your God has done to these two kings. Yahweh will do the same to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross.
  22You are not to be afraid of them, for Yahweh your God, he it is who fights for you.’

23“I begged Yahweh at that time, saying,
  24‘Lord Yahweh, you have begun to show your servant your greatness and your strong hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth that can do according to your works and according to your mighty acts?
  25Please let me go over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country, and Lebanon.’

Joshua is Commissioned

26“But Yahweh was angry with me because of you, and would not listen to me. And Yahweh said to me, ‘Enough from you. Do not speak to me any more about this matter.
  27Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you will not cross over this Jordan.
  28But commission Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he will cross over before this people and he will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.’
  29So we stayed in the valley opposite Beth-peor.”

13 1/2 feet long and 6 feet wide
The Sea of Galilee
The Dead Sea

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