New International Version
But Edom answered: "You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword."
King James Bible
And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.
Darby Bible Translation
But Edom said to him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.
World English Bible
Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through me, lest I come out with the sword against you."
Young's Literal Translation
And Edom saith unto him, 'Thou dost not pass over through me, lest with sword I come out to meet thee.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
We will go by the king's high-way - This is the first time this phrase occurs; it appears to have been a public road made by the king's authority at the expense of the state.
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"Speak ye unto the Rock" (Num. xx. 8). The Holy Ghost is very sensitive, as love always is. You can conquer a wild beast by blows and chains, but you cannot conquer a woman's heart that way, or win the love of a sensitive nature; that must be wooed by the delicate touches of trust and affection. So the Holy Ghost has to be taken by a faith as delicate and sensitive as the gentle heart with whom it is coming in touch. One thought of unbelief, one expression of impatient distrust or fear, will instantly …
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Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.
The Israelites replied: "We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot--nothing else."
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