But you were unwilling to go up;1 you rebelled2 against the command of the LORD your God.
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You grumbled3 in your tents and said, "The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.
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Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, 'The people are stronger and taller4 than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites5 there.' "
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Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid6 of them.7
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The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight8 for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,
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and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried9 you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."10
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In spite of this,11 you did not trust12 in the LORD your God,
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who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day,13 to search14 out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.
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When the LORD heard15 what you said, he was angry16 and solemnly swore:17
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"Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land18 I swore to give your forefathers,
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except Caleb19 son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.20"
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Because of you the LORD became angry21 with me also and said, "You shall not enter22 it, either.
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But your assistant, Joshua23 son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage24 him, because he will lead25 Israel to inherit26 it.
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And the little ones that you said would be taken captive,27 your children who do not yet know28 good from bad--they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.
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But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.29"
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Then you replied, "We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us." So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.
But the LORD said to me, "Tell them, 'Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.' "30
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So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD's command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country.
The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees31 and beat you down from Seir32 all the way to Hormah.33
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You came back and wept before the LORD,34 but he paid no attention35 to your weeping and turned a deaf ear36 to you.
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And so you stayed in Kadesh37 many days--all the time you spent there.
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