The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron,
"This is the legal statute that the LORD has commanded: Instruct the Israelites to bring you an unblemished red cow that has no defect and has never been yoked.
Give it to Eleazar the priest, and he will have it brought outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.
Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the tent of meeting.
The cow must be burned in his sight. Its hide, flesh, and blood, are to be burned along with its dung.
The priest is to take cedar wood, hyssop, and crimson yarn, and throw [them] onto the fire where the cow is burning.
Then the priest must wash his clothes and bathe his body in water; after that he may enter the camp, but he will remain ceremonially unclean until evening.
The one who burned the cow must also wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
"A man who is clean is to gather up the cow's ashes and deposit them outside the camp in a ceremonially clean place. The ashes must be kept by the Israelite community for [preparing] the water [to remove] impurity; it is a sin offering.
Then the one who gathers up the cow's ashes must wash his clothes, and he will remain unclean until evening. This is a perpetual statute for the Israelites and for the foreigner who resides among them.
"The person who touches any human corpse will be unclean for seven days.
He is to purify himself with the water on the third day and the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third and seventh days, he will not be clean.
Anyone who touches a body of a person who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the LORD. That person will be cut off from Israel. He remains unclean because the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, and his uncleanness is still on him.
"This is the law when a person dies in a tent: everyone who enters the tent and everyone who is [already] in the tent will be unclean for seven days,
and any open container without a lid tied on it is unclean.
Anyone in the open field who touches a person who has been killed by the sword or has died, or a human bone, or a grave, will be unclean for seven days.
For [the purification of] the unclean person, they are to take some of the ashes of the burnt sin offering, [put them] in a jar, and add fresh water to them.
A person who is clean is to take hyssop, dip [it] in the water, and sprinkle the tent, all the furnishings, and the people who were there. He is also to sprinkle the one who touched a bone, a grave, a corpse, or a person who had been killed.
"The one who is clean is to sprinkle the unclean person on the third day and the seventh day. After he purifies the unclean person on the seventh day, the one being purified must wash his clothes and bathe in water, and he will be clean by evening.
But a person who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person will be cut off from the assembly because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD. The water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean.
This is a perpetual statute for them. The person who sprinkles the water for impurity is to wash his clothes, and whoever touches the water for impurity will be unclean until evening.
Anything the unclean person touches will become unclean, and anyone who touches [it] will be unclean until evening."
The entire Israelite community entered the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and they settled in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.
There was no water for the community, so they assembled against Moses and Aaron.
The people quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD.
Why have you brought the LORD's assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?
Why have you led us up from Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It's not a place of grain, figs, vines, and pomegranates, and there is no water to drink!"
Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting. They fell down with their faces [to the ground], and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
The LORD spoke to Moses,
"Take the staff and assemble the community. You and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock while they watch, and it will yield its water. You will bring out water for them from the rock and provide drink for the community and their livestock."
So Moses took the staff from the LORD's presence just as He had commanded him.
Moses and Aaron summoned the assembly in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels! Must we bring water out of this rock for you?"
Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff, so that a great amount of water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust Me to show My holiness in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land I have given them."
These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD, and He showed His holiness to them.
Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, "This is what your brother Israel says, 'You know all the hardships that have overtaken us.
Our fathers went down to Egypt, and we lived in Egypt many years, but the Egyptians treated us and our fathers badly.
When we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice, sent an Angel, and brought us out of Egypt. Now look, we are in Kadesh, a city on the border of your territory.
Please let us travel through your land. We won't travel through [any] field or vineyard, or drink [any] well water. We will travel the King's Highway; we won't turn to the right or the left until we have traveled through your territory.'"
But Edom answered him, "You must not travel through our land, or we will come out and confront you with the sword."
"We will go on the main road," the Israelites replied to them, "and if we or our herds drink your water, we will pay its price. There will be no problem; only let us travel through on foot."
Yet Edom insisted, "You must not travel through." And they came out to confront them with a large force of heavily-armed people.
Edom refused to allow Israel to travel through their territory, and Israel turned away from them.
After they set out from Kadesh, the entire Israelite community came to Mount Hor.
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor on the border of the land of Edom,
"Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will not enter the land I have given the Israelites, because you both rebelled against My command at the waters of Meribah.
Take Aaron and his son Eleazar and bring them up Mount Hor.
Remove Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar. Aaron will be gathered [to his people] and die there."
So Moses did as the LORD commanded, and they climbed Mount Hor in the sight of the whole community.
After Moses removed Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar, Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.
When the whole community saw that Aaron had passed away, the entire house of Israel mourned for him 30 days.
When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming on the Atharim road, he fought against Israel and captured some prisoners.
Then Israel made a vow to the LORD, "If You will deliver this people into our hands, we will completely destroy their cities."
The LORD listened to Israel's request, the Canaanites were defeated, and Israel completely destroyed them and their cities. So they named the place Hormah.
Then they set out from Mount Hor by way of the Red Sea to bypass the land of Edom, but the people became impatient because of the journey.
The people spoke against God and Moses: "Why have you led us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!"
Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit them so that many Israelites died.
The people then came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Intercede with the LORD so that He will take the snakes away from us." And Moses interceded for the people.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake [image] and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.
So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. Whenever someone was bitten, and he looked at the bronze snake, he recovered.
The Israelites set out and camped at Oboth.
They set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim in the wilderness that borders Moab on the east.
From there they went and camped at Zered Valley.
They set out from there and camped on the other side of the Arnon [River], in the wilderness that extends from the Amorite border, because the Arnon was the Moabite border between Moab and the Amorites.
Therefore it is stated in the Book of the LORD's Wars: Waheb in Suphah and the ravines of the Arnon,
even the slopes of the ravines that extend to the site of Ar and lie along the border of Moab.
From there [they went] to Beer, the well the LORD told Moses about, "Gather the people so I may give them water."
Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, well-- sing to it!
The princes dug the well; The nobles of the people hollowed it out with a scepter and with their staffs. [They went] from the wilderness to Mattanah,
from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
from Bamoth to the valley in the territory of Moab near the Pisgah highlands that overlook the wasteland.
Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:
"Let us travel through your land. We won't go into the fields or vineyards. We won't drink [any] well water. We will travel the King's Highway until we have traveled through your territory."
But Sihon would not let Israel travel through his territory. Instead, he gathered his whole army and went out to confront Israel in the wilderness. When he came to Jahaz, he fought against Israel.
Israel struck him with the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, [but only up] to the Ammonite border, because it was fortified.
Israel took all the cities and lived in all these Amorite cities, including Heshbon and all its villages.
Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken control of all his land as far as the Arnon.
Therefore the poets say: Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt; let the city of Sihon be restored.
For fire came out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the lords of Arnon's heights.
Woe to you, Moab! You have been destroyed, people of Chemosh! He gave up his sons as refugees, and his daughters into captivity to Sihon the Amorite king.
We threw them down; Heshbon has been destroyed as far as Dibon. We caused desolation as far as Nophah, which reaches as far as Medeba.
So Israel lived in the Amorites' land.
After Moses sent spies to Jazer, Israel captured its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.
Then they turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og king of Bashan came out against them with his whole army to do battle at Edrei.
But the LORD said to Moses, "Do not fear him, for I have handed him over to you along with his whole army and his land. Do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon."
So they struck him, his sons, and his whole army until no one was left, and they took possession of his land.