You gave your good Spirit1 to instruct2 them. You did not withhold your manna3 from their mouths, and you gave them water4 for their thirst.
For forty years5 you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing,6 their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.722
"You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihona8 king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan.923
You made their sons as numerous as the stars in the sky,10 and you brought them into the land that you told their fathers to enter and possess.
Their sons went in and took possession of the land.11 You subdued12 before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you handed the Canaanites over to them, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased.
They captured fortified cities and fertile land;13 they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things,14 wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished;15 they reveled in your great goodness.1626
"But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they put your law behind their backs.17 They killed18 your prophets,19 who had admonished them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.2027
So you handed them over to their enemies,21 who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion22 you gave them deliverers,23 who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.
"But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight.24 Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion25 you delivered them26 time after time.
"You warned27 them to return to your law, but they became arrogant28 and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, by which a man will live if he obeys them.29 Stubbornly they turned their backs30 on you, became stiff-necked31 and refused to listen.3230
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you admonished them through your prophets.33 Yet they paid no attention, so you handed them over to the neighboring peoples.34