When Moses told these words to all the people of Israel, the people 1mourned greatly.
And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, 2"Here we are. We will go up to the place that the LORD has promised, for we have sinned."
413But Moses said, "Why now are you transgressing the command of the LORD, when that will not succeed?
424Do not go up, 5for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.
For there 6the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the LORD, the LORD will not be with you."
447But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither 8the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed out of the camp.
Then 9the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to 10Hormah.