Early the next morning they went up toward the high hill country.1 "We have sinned2," they said. "We will go up to the place the LORD promised."
But Moses said, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? This will not succeed!342
Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies,443
for the Amalekites5 and Canaanites6 will face you there. Because you have turned away from the LORD, he will not be with you7 and you will fall by the sword."
Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up8 toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the LORD's covenant moved from the camp.945
Then the Amalekites and Canaanites10 who lived in that hill country11 came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.12