except Caleb, son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give the land that he set his feet on to him and his descendants, because he wholeheartedly followed the LORD."
The LORD became angry with me because of you. He said, "You won't go there either.
But your assistant Joshua, son of Nun, will go there. Encourage him, because he will help Israel take possession of the land.
Although you thought the little children would be captured in war, your children, who are still too young to know the difference between good and evil, will enter that land. I will give it to them, and they will take possession of it.
Turn around, go back into the desert, and follow the road that goes to the Red Sea."
You responded, "We have sinned against the LORD. We'll go and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us to do." Each of you armed yourself for war, thinking you could easily invade the mountain region.
But the LORD said to me, "Tell them, 'Don't go and fight, because I won't be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.'"
I told you, but you wouldn't listen. You defied the LORD's command and invaded the mountain region.
The Amorites who lived there came out and attacked you and chased you like a swarm of bees. They defeated you, chasing you from Seir all the way to Hormah.
When you came back, you cried to the LORD, but the LORD didn't listen to you or hear you.
That's why you stayed in Kadesh as long as you did.