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Deuteronomy 1:11-21 (English Standard Version)

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11 1May the LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, 2as he has promised you! 12 3How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife? 13 4Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.' 14 And you answered me, 'The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.' 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, 5and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, 'Hear the cases between your brothers, and 6judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. 17 7You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for 8the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall 9bring to me, and I will hear it.' 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.

Israel's Refusal to Enter the Land

19 "Then we set out from Horeb and 10went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us. And 11we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 And I said to you, 'You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. 12Do not fear or be dismayed.'
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