These are the sermons Moses preached to all Israel when they were east of the Jordan River in the Arabah Wilderness, opposite Suph, in the vicinity of Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
It takes eleven days to travel from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea following the Mount Seir route.
It was on the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year when Moses addressed the People of Israel, telling them everything God had commanded him concerning them.
This came after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled from Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who ruled from Ashtaroth in Edrei.
It was east of the Jordan in the land of Moab that Moses set out to explain this Revelation. He said:
Back at Horeb, God, our God, spoke to us: "You've stayed long enough at this mountain.
On your way now. Get moving. Head for the Amorite hills, wherever people are living in the Arabah, the mountains, the foothills, the Negev, the seashore - the Canaanite country and the Lebanon all the way to the big river, the Euphrates.
Look, I've given you this land. Now go in and take it. It's the land God promised to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their children after them."
At the time I told you, "I can't do this, can't carry you all by myself.
God, your God, has multiplied your numbers. Why, look at you - you rival the stars in the sky!
And may God, the God-of-Your-Fathers, keep it up and multiply you another thousand times, bless you just as he promised.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)