Deuteronomy 1:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase1 you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!2 12 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself ?3 13 Choose some wise, understanding and respected men4 from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." 14 You answered me, "What you propose to do is good." 15 So I took5 the leading men of your tribes,6 wise and respected men,7 and appointed them to have authority over you--as commanders8 of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials.9 16 And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your brothers and judge10 fairly,11 whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien.12 17 Do not show partiality13 in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man,14 for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.15 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.16

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19 Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites17 through all that vast and dreadful desert18 that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.19 20 Then I said to you, "You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession20 of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid;21 do not be discouraged."22
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