Deuteronomy 1

Deuteronomy 1

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28 How can we go on? Our scouts have demoralized us with their report. They say that the people of the land are taller and more powerful than we are, and that the walls of their towns rise high into the sky! They have even seen giants there--the descendants of Anak!'

29 "But I said to you, `Don't be afraid!

30 The LORD your God is going before you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt.

31 And you saw how the LORD your God cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.'

32 But even after all he did, you refused to trust the LORD your God,

33 who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day.

34 "When the LORD heard your complaining, he became very angry. So he solemnly swore,

35 `Not one of you from this entire wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors,

36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the LORD completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the land he walked over during his scouting mission.'

37 "And the LORD was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, `You will never enter the Promised Land!

38 Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him as he prepares to enter it.

39 I will give the land to your innocent children. You were afraid they would be captured, but they will be the ones who occupy it.

40 As for you, turn around now and go on back through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.*'1

41 "Then you confessed, `We have sinned against the LORD! We will go into the land and fight for it, as the LORD our God has told us.' So your men strapped on their weapons, thinking it would be easy to conquer the hill country.

42 "But the LORD said to me, `Tell them not to attack, for I will not go with them. If they do, they will be crushed by their enemies.'

43 This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the LORD's command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight.

44 But the Amorites who lived there came out against you like a swarm of bees. They chased and battered you all the way from Seir to Hormah.

45 Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but he refused to listen.

46 So you stayed there at Kadesh for a long time.

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1: Hebrew sea of reeds.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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