CLV(i) 1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel in Transjordan in the wilderness, in the Aravah opposite Suph between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Di-zahab. 2 (It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the Mount Seir road unto Kadesh-barnea.) 3 It came to be in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on day one of the month, that Moses spoke to all the sons of Israel according to all that Yahweh had instructed him concerning them, 4 after his smiting Sihon king of the Amorite (who was dwelling in Heshbon) and Og king of Bashan (who was dwelling in Astaroth) at Edrei. 5 In Transjordan in the country of Moab, Moses was disposed to make this law plain by saying. 6 Yahweh our Elohim, He spoke to us at Horeb saying, Many days have you dwelt at this mountain. 7 Turn around and take your journey and enter the hill-country of the Amorite; go to all his neighbors in the Aravah, in the hill-country, in the low foothills, in the Negev and on the sea shore, the country of the Canaanite and the Lebanon as far as the Great Stream, the stream Euphrates. 8 See! I have set the land before you. Enter and tenant the land about which Yahweh had sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, to give to them and to their seed after them. 9 I spoke to you at that time saying:I am not able to bear you alone. 10 Yahweh your Elohim, He has made you multiply, and behold, you are today like the stars of the heavens for multitude. 11 May Yahweh Elohim of your fathers add to you a thousand times as many as you are, and may He bless you just as He promised to you. 12 How shall I alone bear the encumbrance of you, and the load of you and your contention? 13 Grant yourselves men wise and understanding, and known to your tribes, that I may place them as your heads. 14 And you answered me and said:The word that you speak for us to do is good. 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, men wise and known, and I placed them as heads over you, chiefs of thousands, chiefs of hundreds, chiefs of fifties, chiefs of tens and as superintendents for your tribes. 16 And I instructed your judges at that time, saying:You are to hear the disputes between your brothers, and you will judge justly between a man and his brother or his sojourner. 17 You shall not recognize faces with partiality in judgment. You shall hear the small as the great. You shall not shrink away from any man's face, because the judgment, it is Elohim's. And the matter which is too hard for you, you shall bring near to me that I may hear it. 18 Thus I instructed you at that time in all the things which you should do. 19 We journeyed from Horeb and went through all that vast and fear-inspiring wilderness which you saw by way of the Amorite hill-country, just as Yahweh our Elohim had instructed us, and we came as far as Kadesh-barnea. 20 Then I said to you:You have come as far as the Amorite hill-country that Yahweh our Elohim is giving to us. 21 See! Yahweh your Elohim has set the land before you. Ascend! Tenant it just as Yahweh Elohim of your fathers promised to you. Do not fear, and do not be dismayed. 22 Then you came near to me, all of you, and said:Let us send men before us that they may reconnoiter in the land for us and bring us back word about the way by which we should ascend, and about the cities to which we shall come. 23 Now the word was good in my eyes, so I took twelve men from you, one man for each tribe. 24 They turned around, ascended toward the hill-country and came back to the watercourse of Eshcol and spied it out. 25 Then they took in their hand some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us; they brought us back word and said:The land that Yahweh our Elohim is giving to us is good. 26 Yet you would not ascend and you defied the bidding of Yahweh your Elohim. 27 You murmured in your tents and said:In Yahweh's hatred of us He brought us forth from the country of Egypt to give us into the hand of the Amorite to exterminate us. 28 Whither are we ascending? Our brothers, they melt our heart by saying:The people are greater and taller than we are; the cities are great and defended to the heavens; and moreover, we saw the sons of the Anakim there. 29 Then I said to you:You should not be terrified, and you should not fear them. 30 Yahweh your Elohim Who is going before you, He Himself shall fight for you according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness where you saw how Yahweh your Elohim carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way you went until you came to this place. 32 Even in this matter you were not believing in Yahweh your Elohim, 33 Who was going before you in the way to explore for you a place for you to encamp, in fire by night, to show you the way by which you should go, and in a cloud by day. 34 When Yahweh heard the sound of your words, He was wrathful; and He swore saying. 35 Assuredly no one among these mortals, this evil generation, shall see the good land about which I had sworn to give to your fathers, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh; he shall see it. To him shall I give the area on which he has trodden, and to his sons, because he has fully followed after Yahweh. 37 Moreover Yahweh showed Himself angered with me owing to you, saying:Not even you shall enter there. 38 Joshua son of Nun, who is standing before you, he shall enter there. Encourage him, for he shall allot it to Israel. 39 And your little ones of whom you said, They shall come to be for plunder, and your sons who today do not know good or evil, they shall enter there; to them shall I give it, and they shall tenant it. 40 Yet you, turn yourselves around and journey toward the wilderness by the Sea of Weeds road. 41 Then you answered and said to me:We have sinned against Yahweh our Elohim. We shall ascend, and we will fight according to all that Yahweh our Elohim has instructed us. So each man of you girded on his implements of war, and you thought it easy to ascend to the hill-country. 42 Yet Yahweh said to me:Say to them, You shall not ascend, and you shall not fight (since I am not among you), that you may not be stricken before your enemies. 43 So I spoke to you, yet you did not hearken; you defied the bidding of Yahweh and showed arrogance, and you ascended to the hill-country. 44 Yet the Amorite who was dwelling in that hill-country came forth to meet you; they pursued you just as bees do, and they pounded you in Seir as far as Hormah. 45 Then you returned and lamented before Yahweh. Yet Yahweh did not hearken to your voice nor give ear to you. 46 So you dwelt at Kadesh many days, according to the days which you dwelt.