1Hear , O Israel: Thou art to pass overJordan this day, to go in to possessnationsgreater and mightier than thyself, citiesgreat and fenced up to heaven,2
A peoplegreat and tall , the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest , and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can standbefore the children of Anak!3Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth overbefore thee; as a consumingfire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out , and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
4Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying , For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORDsware unto thy fathers,Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob.6Understand therefore, that the LORD thy Godgiveth thee not this goodland to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffneckedpeople.7Remember , and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness:from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebelliousagainst the LORD.8
Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath , so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.
When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORDmade with you, then I abode in the mountfortydays and fortynights, I neither did eatbread nor drinkwater:10
And the LORDdelivered unto me twotables of stonewritten with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORDspake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.11
And it came to pass at the end of fortydays and fortynights, that the LORDgave me the twotables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.12
And the LORDsaid unto me, Arise , get thee downquickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.13
Furthermore the LORDspake unto me, saying , I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffneckedpeople:14
Let me alone , that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will makeof thee a nationmightier and greater than they.
So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mountburned with fire: and the twotables of the covenant were in my twohands.16
And I looked , and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a moltencalf: ye had turned asidequickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.
And I took the twotables, and cast them out of my twohands, and brake them before your eyes.18
And I fell downbefore the LORD, as at the first,fortydays and fortynights: I did neither eatbread, nor drinkwater, because of all your sins which ye sinned , in doingwickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger .
For I was afraidof the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORDhearkened unto me at that time also.
And the LORD was veryangry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.21
And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made , and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small , even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.22
And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked the LORD to wrath .
Likewise when the LORDsent you from Kadeshbarnea,saying , Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.24
Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
Thus I fell downbefore the LORDfortydays and fortynights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said , O LordGOD,destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mightyhand.27Remember thy servants,Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob;look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:28
Lest the land whence thou broughtest us outsay , Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.29
Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mightypower and by thy stretched outarm.