So I took1 the leading men of your tribes,2 wise and respected men,3 and appointed them to have authority over you--as commanders4 of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials.516
And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your brothers and judge6 fairly,7 whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien.817
Do not show partiality9 in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man,10 for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.1118
And at that time I told you everything you were to do.12
Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites13 through all that vast and dreadful desert14 that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.1520
Then I said to you, "You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us.
See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession16 of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid;17 do not be discouraged."1822
Then all of you came to me and said, "Let us send men ahead to spy19 out the land20 for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to."
The idea seemed good to me; so I selected21 twelve of you, one man from each tribe.
They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol22 and explored it.
Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported,23 "It is a good land24 that the LORD our God is giving us."25