When Moses had made these constitutions, after the sedition was over,
he removed, together with the whole army, and came to the borders of Idumea.
He then sent ambassadors to the king of the Idumeans, and desired him to
give him a passage through his country; and agreed to send him what hostages
he should desire, to secure him from an injury. He desired him also, that
he would allow his army liberty to buy provisions; and, if he insisted
upon it, he would pay down a price for the very water they should drink.
But the king was not pleased with this embassage from Moses: nor did he
allow a passage for the army, but brought his people armed to meet Moses,
and to hinder them, in case they should endeavor to force their passage.
Upon which Moses consulted God by the oracle, who would not have him begin
the war first; and so he withdrew his forces, and traveled round about
through the wilderness.