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Deuteronomy 1:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself ?1 13 Choose some wise, understanding and respected men2 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 took3 the leading men of your tribes,4 wise and respected men,5 and appointed them to have authority over you--as commanders6 of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials.7 16 And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your brothers and judge8 fairly,9 whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien.10 17 Do not show partiality11 in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man,12 for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.13 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.14

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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 Amorites15 through all that vast and dreadful desert16 that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.17 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 possession18 of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid;19 do not be discouraged."20 22 Then all of you came to me and said, "Let us send men ahead to spy21 out the land22 for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to."
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