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 20:17
 20:18
20:17 Please let us pass through your land. We will not go through any fields or vineyards, and we will not drink any water from your wells. Until we pass through your territories, we will travel along the King's Highway, not turning aside to the right or to the left.'
Nabra-na ve'artsecha lo na'avor besadeh uvecherem velo nishteh mey ve'er derech hamelech nelech lo niteh yamin usmol ad asher-na'avor gevulecha.
20:18 Edom's response was, 'Do not pass through my [land], or I will greet you with the sword!'
Vayomer elav Edom lo ta'avor bi pen-bacherev etse likratecha.



Commentary:

King's Highway
  An important highway running north along the plateau to the east of the Dead Sea. It was later improved by the Romans, and stretches are still discernable. Or, 'the way the king goes' (Bachya), or, 'the route specified by the king' (Ibn Ezra; Sforno; Abarbanel).





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