King James VersionDeuteronomy1


1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Is­rael on this side Jor­dan in the wilder­ness, in the plain over against the Red sea, be­tween Paran, and Tophel, and La­ban, and Haze­roth, and Diza­hab. 2 (There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh­barnea.) 3 And it came to pass in the for­ti­eth year, in the eleventh 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 unto them; 4 Af­ter he had slain Si­hon the king of the Amor­ites, which dwelt in Hes­h­bon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at As­taroth in Edrei: 5 On this side Jor­dan, in the land of Moab, be­gan Moses to de­clare this law, say­ing, 6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, say­ing, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: 7 Turn you, and take your jour­ney, and go to the mount of the Amor­ites, and unto all the places nigh there­un­to, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaan­ites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great riv­er, the riv­er Eu­phrates. 8 Be­hold, I have set the land be­fore you: go in and pos­sess the land which the LORD sware unto your fa­thers, Abra­ham, Isaac, and Ja­cob, to give unto them and to their seed af­ter them. 9 And I spake unto you at that time, say­ing, I am not able to bear you my­self alone: 10 The LORD your God hath mul­ti­plied you, and, be­hold, ye are this day as the stars of heav­en for mul­ti­tude. 11 (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!) 12 How can I my­self alone bear your cum­brance, and your bur­den, and your strife? 13 Take you wise men, and un­der­stand­ing, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you. 14 And ye an­swered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spo­ken is good ­for us to do. 15 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. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, say­ing, Hear the causes be­tween your brethren, and judge righ­teous­ly be­tween every man and his broth­er, and the stranger that is with him. 17 Ye shall not re­spect per­sons in judg­ment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judg­ment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. 18 And I com­mand­ed you at that time all the things which ye should do. 19 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 Kadesh­barnea. 20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the moun­tain of the Amor­ites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. 21 Be­hold, the LORD thy God hath set the land be­fore thee: go up and pos­sess it, as the LORD God of thy fa­thers hath said unto thee; fear not, nei­ther be dis­cour­aged. 22 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 bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. 23 And the say­ing pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: 24 And they turned and went up into the moun­tain, and came unto the val­ley of Es­h­col, and searched it out. 25 And they took of the fruit 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. 26 Notwith­stand­ing ye would not go up, but re­belled against the com­mand­ment of the LORD your God: 27 And ye mur­mured in your tents, and said, Be­cause 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. 28 Whith­er shall we go up? our brethren have dis­cour­aged our heart, say­ing, The peo­ple is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heav­en; and more­over we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. 29 Then I said unto you, Dread not, nei­ther be afraid of them. 30 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; 31 And in the wilder­ness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, un­til ye came into this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye did not be­lieve the LORD your God, 33 Who went in the way be­fore you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. 34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, say­ing, 35 Sure­ly there shall not one of these men of this evil gen­er­a­tion see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fa­thers, 36 Save Caleb the son of Je­phun­neh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trod­den up­on, and to his chil­dren, be­cause he hath whol­ly fol­lowed the LORD. 37 Also the LORD was an­gry with me for your sakes, say­ing, Thou also shalt not go in thith­er. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth be­fore thee, he shall go in thith­er: en­cour­age him: for he shall cause Is­rael to in­her­it it. 39 More­over your lit­tle ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your chil­dren, which in that day had no knowl­edge be­tween good and evil, they shall go in thith­er, and unto them will I give it, and they shall pos­sess it. 40 But as for you, turn you, and take your jour­ney into the wilder­ness by the way of the Red sea. 41 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 weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. 42 And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, nei­ther fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smit­ten be­fore your en­e­mies. 43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but re­belled against the com­mand­ment of the LORD, and went pre­sump­tu­ous­ly up into the hill. 44 And the Amor­ites, which dwelt in that moun­tain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and de­stroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. 45 And ye re­turned and wept be­fore the LORD; but the LORD would not hear­ken to your voice, nor give ear unto you. 46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, ac­cord­ing unto the days that ye abode there.