These be the words which Mosesspake unto all Israel on this sideJordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Reda sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.2
(There are elevendays' journey from Horeb by the way of mountSeir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
And it came to pass in the fortiethyear, in the eleventhmonth, on the first day of the month, that Mosesspake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
4After he had slainSihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:5
On this sideJordan, in the land of Moab,beganMoses to declare this law,saying ,
The LORD our Godspake unto us in Horeb,saying , Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:7Turn you, and take your journey , and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nighb thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the seaside, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the greatriver, the riverEuphrates.8Behold , I have setc the landbefore you: go in and possess the land which the LORDsware unto your fathers,Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seedafter them.
And I spake unto you at that time,saying , I am not able to bear you myself alone:10
The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.11
(The LORDGod of your fathers make you a thousandtimes so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
12How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?13Taked you wisemen, and understanding , and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
And ye answered me, and said , The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do .
So I took the chief of your tribes,wisemen, and known , and madee them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.16
And I charged your judges at that time,saying , Hear the causes between your brethren, and judgerighteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
Ye shall not respectfpersons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do .
And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terriblewilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our Godcommanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.20
And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.
21Behold , the LORD thy God hath set the landbefore thee: go up and possess it, as the LORDGod of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged .
And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said , We will sendmenbefore us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us wordagain by what way we must go up , and into what cities we shall come .
And the saying pleased me well : and I tooktwelvemen of you, one of a tribe :
And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out .
And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us wordagain , and said , It is a goodland which the LORD our God doth give us.
Notwithstanding ye would not go up , but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:27
And ye murmured in your tents, and said , Because the LORDhated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
Whither shall we go up ? our brethren have discouragedg our heart,saying , The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
The LORD your God which goethbefore you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;31
And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy Godbare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went , until ye came into this place.32
Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,33
Who went in the waybefore you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go , and in a cloud by day.34
And the LORDheard the voice of your words, and was wroth , and sware , saying ,
Surely there shall not one of these men of this evilgenerationsee that goodland, which I sware to give unto your fathers,36SaveCaleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the landthat he hath trodden upon , and to his children, because he hath whollyhfollowed the LORD.37
Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes,saying , Thou also shalt not go in thither.38
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standethbefore thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Redsea.41
Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight , according to all that the LORD our Godcommanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.42
And the LORDsaid unto me, Say unto them, Go not up , neither fight ; for I am not among you; lest ye be smittenbefore your enemies .
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear , but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and wentipresumptuouslyup into the hill.44
And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came outagainst you, and chased you, as beesdo , and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.45
And ye returned and weptbefore the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
So ye abode in Kadeshmanydays, according unto the days that ye abode there.