NOW Moses, when he had brought his army to Jordan; pitched his camp
in the great plain over against Jericho. This city is a very happy situation,
and very fit for producing palm-trees and balsam. And now the Israelites
began to be very proud of themselves, and were very eager for fighting.
Moses then, after he had offered for a few days sacrifices of thanksgiving
to God, and feasted the people, sent a party of armed men to lay waste
the country of the Midianites, and to take their cities. Now the occasion
which he took for making war upon them was this that follows :--