“No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors,
except Caleb 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.”
Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either.
But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it.
And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.
But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea. ”
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.’ ”
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 bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah.
You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you.