But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you1 like a devouring fire.2 He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly,3 as the LORD has promised you.
After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself,4 "The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness." No, it is on account of the wickedness5 of these nations6 that the LORD is going to drive them out before you.
It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity7 that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness8 of these nations,9 the LORD your God will drive them out10 before you, to accomplish what he swore11 to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.126
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.13
Remember this and never forget how you provoked14 the LORD your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious15 against the LORD.168
At Horeb you aroused the LORD's wrath17 so that he was angry enough to destroy you.189
When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant19 that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days20 and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.2110
The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.22 On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.2311
At the end of the forty days and forty nights,24 the LORD gave me the two stone tablets,25 the tablets of the covenant.
Then the LORD told me, "Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt.26 They have turned away quickly27 from what I commanded them and have made a cast idol for themselves."
And the LORD said to me, "I have seen this people28, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!