Deuteronomy 9

MLV(i) 1 Hear, O Israel: You are to pass over the Jordan this day, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, 2 a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know and of whom you have heard say, Who can stand before the sons of Anak?
3 Know therefore this day, that Jehovah your God is he who goes over before you as a devouring fire. He will destroy them and he will bring them down before you. So you will drive them out and make them to perish quickly, as Jehovah has spoken to you.
4 Do not speak in your heart, after Jehovah your God has thrust them out from before you, saying, For my righteousness Jehovah has brought me in to possess this land. But because of the wickedness of these nations Jehovah drives them out from before you.
5 Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go in to possess their land, but for the wickedness of these nations Jehovah your God drives them out from before you and that he may establish the word which Jehovah swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.
6 Know therefore, that Jehovah your God does not give you this good land to possess it for your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.
7 Remember, do not you forget how you provoked Jehovah your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you went forth out of the land of Egypt, until you* came to this place, you* have been rebellious against Jehovah.
8 Also in Horeb you* provoked Jehovah to wrath and Jehovah was angry with you* to destroy you*. 9 When I had gone up onto the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, even the tablets of the covenant which Jehovah made with you*, then I abode on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water. 10 And Jehovah delivered to me the two tablets of stone written with the finger of God. And on them was according to all the words, which Jehovah spoke with you* in the mountain out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
11 And it happened, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that Jehovah gave me the two tablets of stone, even the tablets of the covenant. 12 And Jehovah said to me, Arise, get down quickly from here, for your people that you have brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them. They have made them a molten image.
13 Furthermore Jehovah spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stubborn people. 14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.
15 So I turned and came down from the mountain and the mountain was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 And I looked, and behold, you* had sinned against Jehovah your* God. You* had made you* a molten calf. You* had turned aside quickly out of the way which Jehovah had commanded you*. 17 And I took hold of the two tablets and cast them out of my two hands and broke them before your* eyes.
18 And I fell down before Jehovah, as at the first, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your* sin which you* sinned, in doing what was evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger. 19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which Jehovah was angry against you* to destroy you*. But Jehovah listened to me that time also.
20 And Jehovah was very angry with Aaron to destroy him. And I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. 21 And I took your* sin, the calf which you* had made and burnt it with fire and stamped it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust. And I cast the dust of it into the brook that descended out of the mountain.
22 And at Taberah and at Massah and at Kibroth-hattaavah, you* provoked Jehovah to wrath. 23 And when Jehovah sent you* from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you*, then you* rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah your* God and you* did not believe him, nor listen to his voice.
24 You* have been rebellious against Jehovah from the day that I knew you*.
25 So I fell down before Jehovah the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because Jehovah had said he would destroy you*. 26 And I prayed to Jehovah and said, O lord Jehovah, destroy not your people and your inheritance, that you have redeemed through your greatness, that you have brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
27 Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Do not look to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their profaneness, nor to their sin, 28 lest the land from where you brought us out say, Because Jehovah was not able to bring them into the land which he promised to them and because he hated them, he has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness. 29 Yet they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.