Deuteronomy 9

VIN(i) 1 Hear, Israel! Thou art now about to cross the Jordan, to go in to possess nations much greater and stronger than you, large cities, which are walled up to the sky, 2 The Anakim are strong and tall, and you know them. You've heard it said, 'Who can stand up against the Anakim?' 3 You should know today that the LORD your God is the one crossing ahead of you as a devouring fire; he will destroy them, and he will subdue them before you; so you will dispossess them, and you will destroy them quickly, just as the LORD promised you. 4 "You shall not say to yourself when the LORD your God is driving them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD brought me to take possession of this land'; but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD is driving them out before you. 5 It is not because of your righteousness and because of the uprightness of your heart that you are coming to take possession of their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them before you, and in order to confirm the promise that the LORD swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 6 Know then that it is not because of your own righteousness that the LORD your Elohim is giving to you this good land to tenant it, for you are a stiff-necked people. 7 Remember, and don’t forget, how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you left the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD. 8 Also in Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was angry with you to destroy you. 9 when I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant, which the Lord made with you, and I was in the mountain forty days and forty nights, I ate no bread and drank no water. 10 "Then the LORD gave me the two stone tablets inscribed by God's finger (Holy Spirit). On them were written all the words the LORD spoke to you from the fire on the mountain on the day of the assembly. 11 "At the end of forty days and nights the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant. 12 "Then the LORD said to me, 'Get going! Go down from here at once! Your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned quickly from the way that I commanded them, and have cast an idol for their use.' 13 And the LORD spoke to me saying:I have seen this people, and behold, they are a stiff-necked people. 14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. 15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 »I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God. You made yourselves an idol, cast in the shape of a calf. You turned aside quickly from the way the LORD had commanded you. 17 And I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands and broke them before your eyes. 18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights, -- I ate no bread and drank no water, -- because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing what is evil in the eyes of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 19 I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD against you, because he was irate enough to destroy you. But the LORD also listened to me at that time. 20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron, to destroy him, and I also prayed for Aaron at that time. 21 »I took your sinful thing, the calf that you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it. I ground it very small until it was as fine as dust. I threw its dust into the brook that flowed down the mountain. 22 "You provoked the LORD again at Taberah, Massah, and Kibroth-hattaavah. 23 And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, saying, 'Go up and take possession of the land that I have given you,' you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God, and you did not believe him, and you did not listen to his voice. 24 You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day I knew you. 25 So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said He would destroy you. 26 I prayed to the LORD and said Sovereign LORD, don't destroy Your people and Your inheritance that You have redeemed through Your greatness, that You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 "'"Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not look at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or their sin. 28 Lest the land from where you brought us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to slay 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."