THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 1 ©
Where and when Moses repeats the law of God, v. 1, etc. A brief account of what happened to Israel from the time they departed from Horeb until they came to Kadesh-barnea, such as: God’s command to depart with a promised annexed, 6. The institution of judges and officers, 9. Their journey through the wilderness and arrival at Kadesh-barnea, 19. The sending out, return and report of the spies, 22. The rebellion and murmuring of the people, 26. God’s wrath and sentence against the disobedient, 34. Who, going contrary to God’s command, are smitten by the Amorites, and complaining to God, they are not heard, 41.
THESE 1be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel 2on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the 3plain over against the 4Red sea, between 5Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
(There are eleven days' journey from 6Horeb 7by the way of mount 8Seir unto 9Kadesh-barnea.)
And it came to pass in the 10fortieth year, in the 11eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment 12unto them;
Aftera he had slain Sihon the king of the 13Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at 14Astaroth in Edrei:
On this side Jordan, in the land of 15Moab, 16began Moses to declare 17this law, saying,
The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, 18Ye have dwelt 19long enough in this mount:
Turn you, and take your journey, and go to 20the mount 21of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and 22in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river 23Euphrates.
Behold, I have set the land 24before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham,b Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
¶And I 25spake unto you at that time, saying, Ic am not able to bear 26you myself alone:
The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day 27as the stars of heaven for multitude.
(The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
How can I myself alone bear your 28cumbrance, and your burden, and your 29strife?
30Take you wise men, and understanding, and 31known among your tribes, and I will make them 32rulers over you.
And ye answered me, and said, The 33thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.
So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
And I charged your judges at that time, saying, 34Hear the causes between your brethren, andd judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is 35with him.
Yee shall not 36respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the 37small as well as the 38great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is 39God’s: and the cause 40that is too 41hard 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 terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.
And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.
Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land 42before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God 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 send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and 43bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
And the saying 44pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of af tribe:
And theyg turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the 45valley of 46Eshcol, and searched it out.
And they took of the 47fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
Notwithstandingh ye would not go up, but rebelled against 48the commandment of the LORD your God:
And ye murmured in your tents, and said, 49Because the LORD hated 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 50discouraged our heart, saying, The people is 51greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to 52heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons ofi the 53Anakims there.
Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
54And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, 55as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
Yet 56in this thing ye did not 57believe the LORD your God,
Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, 58toj shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,
Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation seek that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,59
Save 60Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give 61the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, 62because he hath wholly followed the LORD.
Also the LORD was angry with me 63for your sakes, saying, Thoul also shalt not go in thither.
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth 64before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause 65Israel to inherit it.
Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge 66between 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 67Red sea.
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 God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his 68weapons of war, ye 69were ready to go up 70into the hill.
And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not 71among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went 72presumptuously up into the hill.
And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, 73came out against you, and chased you, as 74bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.
And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
So ye abode in Kadesh many days, 75according unto the days that ye abode there.