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Deuteronomy 9:1-9 (New International Version)

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Not Because of Israel's Righteousness

1 Hear, O Israel. You are now about to cross the Jordan1 to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you,2 with large cities3 that have walls up to the sky.4 2 The people are strong and tall--Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: "Who can stand up against the Anakites?"5 3 But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you6 like a devouring fire.7 He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly,8 as the LORD has promised you. 4 After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself,9 "The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness." No, it is on account of the wickedness10 of these nations11 that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. 5 It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity12 that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness13 of these nations,14 the LORD your God will drive them out15 before you, to accomplish what he swore16 to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.17 6 Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.18

The Golden Calf

7 Remember this and never forget how you provoked19 the LORD your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious20 against the LORD.21 8 At Horeb you aroused the LORD's wrath22 so that he was angry enough to destroy you.23 9 When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant24 that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days25 and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.26
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