Thomson(i) 1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel, on the bank of the Jordan, west of the wilderness which reacheth to the Red sea, between Pharantophal and Lobon, and Aulon, and Katachrusea, 2 eleven days' journey from Choreb, the way by mount Seir to Kades-Barne. 3 In the fortieth year, the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to all the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord had given him in charge to them. 4 After he had smitten Seon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Esebon; and Og, king of Basan, who dwelt at Astaroth and Edrain, 5 Moses began, on the bank of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, to explain the law fully, saying. 6 The Lord our God spoke to us at Choreb, saying, You have tarried long enough by this mount. 7 Turn; strike your tents, and march to the mountain of the Amorites, and to all the inhabitants around Araba; to the mountain and to the plain, and to the south, and to the land of the Chananites, on the sea shore, and to Antilibanus, till you reach the river; the great river Euphrates. 8 Behold I have delivered up the land before you. Go in, and take possession of the land, which with an oath I promised to give to your fathers; to Abraham, and Isaak, and Jacob; to them and their seed after them. 9 Then I spoke to you at that time, saying, I am not able alone to bear you. 10 The Lord your God hath multiplied you; and behold you are this day like the stars of heaven for multitude. 11 May the Lord, the God of your fathers, add to you a thousand times as many as you are, and bless you as he hath promised you! 12 How can I alone bear the burden of you, even the whole weight of you, and your contentions? 13 Appoint for yourselves men of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, for your several tribes, and I will make them leaders over you. 14 And you answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast proposed to do is good. 15 So I took from among you men of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and appointed them to be leaders over you; captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens; and promulgators of the law for your judges. 16 And I gave a charge to your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger who is with him. 17 Thou shalt not respect a person in judgment. Against the low and the high thou shalt pass sentence, and not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's. And if the matter be too hard for you, bring it to me, and I will hear it. 18 And when I had given you in charge, at that time, all the things which you were to do, 19 we removed from Choreb, and marched through all that great and frightful wilderness which you saw, on the way to the mountain of the Amorite, as the Lord our God commanded us. And when we came to Kades-barne, 20 I said to you, You are come to the mountain of the Amorite, which the Lord our God giveth you. Behold the Lord your God hath delivered up to you the land before you. Go up and take possession of it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, commanded you. Fear not, nor be faint hearted. 22 Whereupon you all came to me, and said, Let us send men before us, and let them traverse the land for us, and bring us word what way we shall go up, and to what cities we shall come. 23 And the proposal was agreeable to me. So I took from among you twelve men; a man for every tribe. 24 And they turned, and went up to the mountain, and came to the valley of the bunch of grapes. And when they had thoroughly viewed it, 25 they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land, and brought it to you, and said, The land is good, which the Lord our God giveth us. 26 Notwithstanding this, you would not go up; but disobeyed the command of the Lord our God, 27 and murmured in your tents, saying, Because the Lord hateth us he hath brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us utterly, 28 wherever we go. When your brethren disheartened you, saying, It is a nation great and numerous, and stronger than we; and the cities are large, and walled up to the sky. Indeed we have seen there sons of giants. 29 I said to you, Be not terrified, nor afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God is marching before you. He will assist you in subduing them, according to all that he hath done for you in the land of Egypt, 31 and in that wilderness, which you have seen in your march to this mountain of the Amorite. The Lord thy God will take charge of thee, as a man would of a son; as he hath done all the way you marched, till you came to this place. 32 Notwithstanding this speech you did not confide in the Lord our God 33 who was marching before you in the way to chuse a place for you, conducting you by night with fire, pointing out to you the way in which you were to march; and by day, with a pillar of cloud. 34 And the Lord heard the sound of your words, and being provoked to wrath, he sware saying, 35 Not one of these men shall see that good land which I, with an oath, promised their fathers, 36 save Chaleb son of Jephonne. He shall see it. And to him I will give the land to which he went up, and to his children, because he vindicateth the cause of the Lord. 37 With me also the Lord was angry on your account, and said, Neither shalt thou go in there. 38 Joshua son of Nave who is thy attendant; he shall go thither. Encourage him, for he shall distribute it, by lot, to Israel. 39 And with respect to your children, who do not know good or evil, they shall go thither, and to them I will give it, and they shall inherit it. 40 But as for you, turn, and march into the wilderness, by the way to the Red sea. 41 Then you answered, and said, We have sinned before the Lord our God. We will go up, and fight according to all that the Lord our God commanded us. So, every one seizing his implements of war, you assembled tumultuously to go up the mountain. 42 Whereupon the Lord said to me, Say to them, You shall not go up, nor fight; for I am not with you. And you should not be trodden down before your enemies. 43 Accordingly I spoke to you; but you hearkened not to me; but transgressed the command of the Lord, and presumptuously ascended the mountain. 44 And the Amorites, who dwelt on the mountain, came out to meet you, and pursued you, as bees would do, and slaughtered you from Seir to Herma. 45 Then you sat down, and wept before the Lord our God; but the Lord hearkened not to your voice, nor paid attention to you. So you abode at Kades many days, as many as you had staid there before.