1Hear, 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 the sky,
2a 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?
3Know therefore this day, that Yahweh 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 shall you drive them out, and make them
to perish quickly, as Yahweh has spoken to you.
4Don’t speak in your
heart, after that Yahweh your God has thrust them out from before you,
saying, For my righteousness Yahweh has brought me in to possess this land;
whereas for the wickedness of these nations Yahweh does drive them out from
5Not 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 Yahweh your God does drive them out from before you, and that he may
establish the word which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob.
6Know therefore, that Yahweh your God doesn’t give you this
good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff-necked
7Remember, don’t forget, how you provoked Yahweh 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
8Also in Horeb you provoked Yahweh to wrath, and
Yahweh was angry with you to destroy you.
9When I was gone up onto the
mountain to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant
which Yahweh made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and
forty nights; I did neither eat bread nor drink water.
to me the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them
was written according to all the words, which Yahweh spoke with you
on the mountain out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
11It came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that Yahweh
gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.
12Yahweh said to me, Arise, get you down quickly from hence; for your
people whom 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.
13Furthermore Yahweh spoke to me, saying,
I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people:
me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under the
sky; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.
I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with
fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.
looked, and behold, you had sinned against Yahweh your God; you
had made you a molten calf: you had turned aside quickly out of the way
which Yahweh had commanded you.
17I took hold of the two tables, and cast
them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.
18I fell down
before Yahweh, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I did neither
eat bread nor drink water; because of all your sin which you sinned, in
doing that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger.
19For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which Yahweh
was angry against you to destroy you. But Yahweh listened to me that time
20Yahweh was very angry with Aaron to destroy him: and I prayed for
Aaron also at the same time.
21I 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.
22At Taberah, and at Massah, and at
Kibroth Hattaavah, you provoked Yahweh to wrath.
23When Yahweh sent
you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given
you; then you rebelled against the commandment of Yahweh your God, and
you didn’t believe him, nor listen to his voice.
been rebellious against Yahweh from the day that I knew you.
25So I fell
down before Yahweh the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because
Yahweh had said he would destroy you.
26I prayed to Yahweh, and said,
Lord Yahweh, don’t destroy your people and your inheritance, that you have
redeemed through your greatness, that you have brought forth out of Egypt
with a mighty hand.
27Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
don’t look to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor
to their sin,
28lest the land whence you brought us out say, Because
Yahweh 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
29Yet they are your people and your inheritance, which you
brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.