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.12
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.21
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."