Numbers 20:20
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New American Standard Bible
But he said, "You shall not pass through." And Edom came out against him with a heavy force and with a strong hand.

King James Bible
And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

World English Bible
He said, "You shall not pass through." Edom came out against him with many people, and with a strong hand.

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Thou dost not pass over;' and Edom cometh out to meet him with much people, and with a strong hand;

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The Israelites, without awaiting at Kadesh the return of their ambassador, commenced their eastward march. At the tidings of their approach the Edomites mustered their forces to oppose them; and on crossing the Arabah they found their ascent through the mountains barred. The notice of this is inserted here to complete the narrative; but in order of time it comes after the march described in Numbers 20:22.

Numbers 20:20 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Kadesh. Rekam, and that Double. Inquiry is Made, Whether the Doubling it in the Maps is Well Done.
The readers of the eastern interpreters will observe, that Kadesh is rendered by all Rekam, or in a sound very near it. In the Chaldee, it is 'Rekam': in the Syriac, 'Rekem': in the Arabic, 'Rakim'... There are two places noted by the name Rekam in the very bounds of the land,--to wit, the southern and eastern: that is, a double Kadesh. I. Of Kadesh, or Rekam, in the south part, there is no doubt. II. Of it, in the eastern part, there is this mention: "From Rekam to the east, and Rekam is as the
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Travelling in Palestine --Roads, Inns, Hospitality, Custom-House Officers, Taxation, Publicans
It was the very busiest road in Palestine, on which the publican Levi Matthew sat at the receipt of "custom," when our Lord called him to the fellowship of the Gospel, and he then made that great feast to which he invited his fellow-publicans, that they also might see and hear Him in Whom he had found life and peace (Luke 5:29). For, it was the only truly international road of all those which passed through Palestine; indeed, it formed one of the great highways of the world's commerce. At the time
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Judges 11:17
then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, "Please let us pass through your land," but the king of Edom would not listen. And they also sent to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.

Numbers 20:21
Thus Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.

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