14 s Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of t Edom. u "Thus says your brother Israel: 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us, 15 v 'how our fathers went down to Egypt, w and we dwelt in Egypt a long time, x and the Egyptians 1 afflicted us and our fathers. 16 y 'When we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice and z sent the Angel and brought us up out of Egypt; now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border. 17 'Please a let us pass through your country. We will not pass through fields or vineyards, nor will we drink water from wells; we will go along the King's Highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.' " 18 Then b Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword." 19 So the children of Israel said to him, "We will go by the Highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, c then I will pay for it; let me only pass through on foot, nothing more." 20 Then he said, d "You shall not pass through." So Edom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand. 21 Thus Edom e refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel f turned away from him.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.