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Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:17 the king’s high way. This route has been the major transportation route from Damascus to the Gulf of Aqabah for over three thousand years. It runs through the lands of Edom, Moab and Ammon, somewhat parallel to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. A modern paved highway more or less follows along the same ancient route.

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