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Deuteronomy

DEUTERONOMY. Introduction  Dt.1.1-8

1THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT MOSES SPOKE to all Israel in Transjordan, in the wilderness, that is to say in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran on the one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab on the other, 2(The journey from Horeb through the hill-country of Seir to Kadesh-barnea takes eleven days.)

3 (3-4) On the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year, after the defeat of Sihon king of the Amorites who ruled in Heshbon, and the defeat at Edrei of Og king of Bashan who ruled in Ashtaroth, Moses repeated to the Israelites all the commands that the LORD had given him for them. 4 5It was in Transjordan, in Moab, that Moses resolved to promulgate this law. These were his words: 6The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb and said, 'You have stayed on this mountain long enough; 7go now, make for the hill-country of the Amorites, and pass on to all their neighbours in the Arabah, in the hill-country, in the Shephelah, in the Negeb, and on the coast, in short, all Canaan and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8I have laid the land open before you; go in and occupy it, the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to their descendants after them.'

Appointment of Judges.  Dt.1.9-18 - Ex.18.13-27

9At that time I said to you, 'You are a burden too heavy for me to carry unaided. 10The LORD your God has increased you so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky. 11May the LORD the God of your fathers increase your number a thousand times and may he bless you as he promised. 12How can I bear unaided the heavy burden you are to me, and put up with your complaints? 13Choose men of wisdom, understanding, and repute for each of your tribes, and I will set them in authority over you.' 14Your answer was, 'What you have told us to do is right.' 15So I took men of wisdom and repute and set them in authority over you, some as commanders over units of a thousand, of a hundred, of fifty or of ten, and others as officers, for each of your tribes. 16And at that time I gave your judges this command; 'You are to hear the cases that arise among your kinsmen and judge fairly between man and man, whether fellow-countryman or resident alien. 17You must be impartial and listen to high and low alike: have no fear of man, for judgement belongs to God. If any case is too difficult for you, bring it before me and I will hear it.' 18At the same time I instructed you in all these duties.

KADESH BARNEA: report of the spies.  Dt.1.19-33 - Nu.13.1-33

19Then we set out from Horeb, in obedience to the orders of the LORD our God, and marched through that vast and terrible wilderness, as you found it to be, on the way to the hill-country of the Amorites; and so we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20Then I said to you, 'You have reached the hill-country of the Amorites which the LORD our God is giving us. 21The LORD your God has indeed now laid the land open before you. Go forward and occupy it in fulfilment of the promise which the LORD the God of your fathers made you; do not be discouraged or afraid.' 23But you all came to me and said, 'Let us send men ahead to spy out the country and report back to us about the route we should take and the cities we shall find.' 23I approved this plan and picked twelve of you, one from each tribe. 24They set out and made their way up into the hill-country as far as the gorge of Eshcol, which they explored. 25They took samples of the fruit of the country and brought them back to us, and made their report: 'It is a rich land that the LORD our God is giving us.'

26But you refused to go up and rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27You muttered treason in your tents and said, 'It was because the LORD hated us that he brought us out of Egypt to hand us over to the Amorites to be wiped out. 28What shall we find up there? Our kinsmen have discouraged us by their report of a people bigger and taller than we are, and of great cities with fortifications towering to the sky. And they told us they saw there the descendants of the Anakim the descendants ... Anakim: or the tall men.'

29Then I said to you, 'You must not dread them nor be afraid of them. 30The LORD your God who goes at your head will fight for you and he will do again what you saw him do for you in Egypt 31and in the wilderness. You saw there how the LORD your God carried you all the way to this place, as a father carries his son.' 32In spite of this you did not trust the LORD your God, 33who went ahead on the journey to find a place for your camp. He went in fire by night to show you the way you should take, and in a cloud by day.

Israel punished.  Dt.1.34-45 - Nu.14.20-45

34When the LORD heard your complaints, he was indignant and solemnly swore: 35'Not one of these men, this wicked generation, shall see the rich land which I swore to give your forefathers, 36except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and his descendants I will give the land on which he has set foot, because he followed the LORD with his whole heart.' 37On your account the LORD was angry with me also and said, 'You yourself shall never enter it, 38but Joshua son of Nun, who is in attendance on you, shall enter it. Encourage him, for he shall put Israel in possession of that land. 39Your dependants who, you thought, would become spoils of war, and your children who do not yet know good and evil, they shall enter; I will give it to them, and they shall occupy it. 40You must turn back and set out for the wilderness by way of the Red Sea Or the Sea of Reeds.'

41You answered me, 'We have sinned against the LORD; we will now go up and attack just as the LORD our God commanded us.' And each of you fastened on his weapons, thinking it an easy thing to invade the hill-country. 42But the LORD said to me, 'Tell them not to go up and not to fight; for I will not be with them, and their enemies will defeat them.' 42And I told you this, but you did not listen; you rebelled against the LORD's command and defiantly went up to the hill-country. 44The Amorites living in the hills came out against you and like bees they chased you; they crushed you at Hormah in Seir. 45Then you came back and wept before the LORD, but he would not hear you or listen to you.

The years in the wilderness.  Dt.1.46-2.25

46That is why you remained in Kadesh as long as you did.
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