The Song of the Well

Numbers 21

10 And the people of Israel set out and k camped in Oboth. 11 k And they set out from Oboth and k camped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness that is opposite Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 From there they set out and camped in l the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites, for the m Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord,
"Waheb in Suphah, and the valleys of the Arnon,
15 and the slope of the valleys
that extends to the seat of n Ar,
and leans to the border of Moab."

16 And from there they continued o to Beer; 1 that is the well of which the Lord said to Moses, "Gather the people together, so that p I may give them water."

17 Then Israel sang this song:
"Spring up, O well! - Sing to it! -

18 the well that the princes made,
that the nobles of the people dug,
with q the scepter and with their staffs."
And from the wilderness they went on to Mattanah,
19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20 and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah r that looks down on the desert. 2

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 33:43 - 44
    And they set out from Punon and camped at Oboth.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 21:10
    And the people of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.
  3. Cross References
    Numbers 21:10
    And the people of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:13
    Now rise up and go over the brook Zered.' So we went over the brook Zered.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 22:36
    When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, on the border formed by the Arnon, at the extremity of the border.
    Judges 11:18
    Then they journeyed through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab and arrived on the east side of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 21:28
    For fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the city of Sihon. It devoured Ar of Moab, and swallowed the heights of the Arnon.
    Deuteronomy 2:9
    And the Lord said to me, 'Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.
    Deuteronomy 2:18
    Today you are to cross the border of Moab at Ar.
    Deuteronomy 2:29
    As the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me, until I go over the Jordan into the land that the Lord our God is giving to us.
    Isaiah 15:1
    An oracle concerning Moab. Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone; because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone.
  7. Cross References
    2 Samuel 20:14
    And Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel of Beth-maacah, and all the Bichrites assembled and followed him in.
  8. Cross References
    Numbers 20:8
    "Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle."
    Exodus 17:6
    Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink." And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 49:10
    The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
  10. Cross References
    Numbers 23:28
    So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.
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