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DASV: Deuteronomy 1
1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel east of the
Jordan River in the Arabah wilderness, across from Suph,
between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Di-zahab.
2 It is an eleven day journey from Horeb by the way of
Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.
3 On the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year,
Moses spoke to the Israelites, telling them everything
the LORD had commanded him.
4 This happened after he had defeated Sihon the king of
the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and Og the king of
Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei.
5 Across the Jordan River in the land of Moab, Moses began
to expound this law, saying,
6 "The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying,
'You have stayed at this mountain long enough.
7 Leave here, resume your journey, and go to the hill
country of the Amorites and to all neighboring regions,
including the Jordan valley Arabah, the hill country,
the Shephelah western foothills, the southern Negev,
and the coastal plain, the land of the Canaanites,
and Lebanon, as far as the Great River, that is the Euphrates.
8 Look, I have set the land before you, go in and
take possession of the land that the LORD swore to
your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give
them and their descendants after them.'
9 At that time I said to you, 'I am not able to carry
you by myself alone.
10 The LORD your God has multiplied you, and today you
are as many as the stars of heaven.
11 The LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand
times more numerous than you are, and bless you,
as he has promised you!
12 How can I bear your loads, problems and disputes
all by myself?
13 Choose wise, understanding and well-known men from
each of your tribes, and I will appoint them as leaders
14 You answered me, 'What you have proposed is good
for us to do.'
15 So I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and
well-known men, and made them leaders over you,
commanders of thousands, and commanders of hundreds,
and commanders of fifties, and commanders of tens,
and officials of your tribes.
16 I ordered your judges at that time, 'Hear the cases
between your people, and judge fairly between a man and
his brother or a resident foreigner who is with him.
17 You must not show partiality in judgment; but hear
the small and the great alike. Do not be intimidated by
anyone; for the judgment is God's. The case that is too
hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
18 I instructed you at that time about everything you
19 Then we journeyed from Horeb, and went through all
that great and terrible wilderness that you saw, by the way
to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the LORD our God
commanded us, until finally we arrived at Kadesh-barnea.
20 Then I said to you, 'You have arrived at the hill country
of the Amorites, that the LORD our God is giving to us.
21 See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up,
take possession of it, just as the LORD, the God of your
fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be discouraged.'
22 Then all of you approached me, and said, 'Let us send men
ahead of us, so that they may explore the land for us and
bring us advice on how to go up and the types of cities
that we will come to.'
23 I thought the plan was a good idea, so I took twelve men
from among you, one man from each tribe.
24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to
the valley of Eshcol, and explored it.
25 They took some of the fruit of the land in their hands,
and brought it down to us. They brought back a report,
and said, 'It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving
26 Yet you refused to go up, and rebelled against the
command of the LORD your God.
27 You complained in your tents, and said, 'It is
because the LORD hates us that he brought us out of
the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of
the Amorites, to destroy us.
28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our heart melt,
saying, "The people are stronger and taller than we are.
The cities are large and fortified up to heaven.
Moreover we have seen the Anakites there.'"
29 Then I said to you, 'Do not be terrified of them.
30 The LORD your God is going before you, he will fight
for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your
very own eyes,
31 and in the wilderness, where you saw how the LORD
your God carried you, like a father carries his son,
everywhere you went, until you came to this place.'
32 But even in spite of all this you did not believe
the LORD your God,
33 who went ahead of you to find places for you to
pitch your tents. He showed you what way to go by
fire at night and by a cloud during the day.
34 When the LORD heard your words, he became angry,
and made a solemn vow,
35 'Surely there is not one person of this evil generation
who will see the good land I promised to give to
36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He will see it.
I will give him and his descendants the land that he
set his foot on, because he has wholly followed the LORD.'
37 The LORD was also angry with me because of you, saying,
'You will not go in there either.
38 Joshua the son of Nun, your assistant, will go in there.
Encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.
39 As for your little ones, who you claimed would be
taken captive, and your children, who do not know good
or evil, they will go in there, and I will give the land
to them and they will possess it.
40 But as for you, turn back, and go back into the
wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.'
41 Then you answered and confessed to me, 'We have sinned
against the LORD. We will go up now and fight,
according to all that the LORD our God commanded us.'
So each one of you strapped on his weapons of war
thinking how easy it would be to go up into the hill country.
42 But the LORD said to me, 'Tell them, do not go up,
or fight, because I will not be with you and you will
be defeated by your enemies.'
43 So I told you, but you did not listen; but rebelled
against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously
went up into the hill country.
44 But the Amorites, who live in that hill country,
came out against you, and chased you like a swarm of bees.
They beat you down from Seir, all the way to Hormah.
45 Then you returned and wept before the LORD. But the
LORD would not listen to you, or pay any attention to you.
46 So you stayed at Kadesh a long time, indeed for
the full time.
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