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The Command to Leave Horeb 1:1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
2 It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.
3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them,
4 after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth and in Edrei.
5 Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this law, saying,
6 “The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.
7 Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.
8 See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.’
Leaders Appointed9 “At that time I said to you, ‘I am not able to bear you by myself.
10 The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven.
11 May the Lord, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, as he has promised you!
12 How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife?
13 Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’
14 And you answered me, ‘The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.’
15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes.
16 And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him.
17 You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’
18 And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.
Israel’s Refusal to Enter the Land19 “Then we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us. And we came to Kadesh-barnea.
20 And I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us.
21 See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’
22 Then all of you came near me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.’
23 The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe.
24 And they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out.
25 And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, ‘It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.’
26 “Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God.
27 And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the Lord hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
28 Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.’
29 Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them.
30 The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’
32 Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God,
33 who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.
The Penalty for Israel’s Rebellion34 “And the Lord heard your words and was angered, and he swore,
35 ‘Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers,
36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord!’
37 Even with me the Lord was angry on your account and said, ‘You also shall not go in there.
38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
39 And as for your little ones, who you said would become a prey, and your children, who today have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there. And to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.
40 But as for you, turn, and journey into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea.’
41 “Then you answered me, ‘We have sinned against the Lord. We ourselves will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God commanded us.’ And every one of you fastened on his weapons of war and thought it easy to go up into the hill country.
42 And the Lord said to me, ‘Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be defeated before your enemies.’
43 So I spoke to you, and you would not listen; but you rebelled against the command of the Lord and presumptuously went up into the hill country.
44 Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do and beat you down in Seir as far as Hormah.
45 And you returned and wept before the Lord, but the Lord did not listen to your voice or give ear to you.
46 So you remained at Kadesh many days, the days that you remained there.
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O God of Our SalvationTo the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.65:1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion,and to you shall vows be performed.
2 O you who hear prayer,to you shall all flesh come.
3 When iniquities prevail against me,you atone for our transgressions.
4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,to dwell in your courts!We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,the holiness of your temple!
5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,O God of our salvation,the hope of all the ends of the earthand of the farthest seas;
6 the one who by his strength established the mountains,being girded with might;
7 who stills the roaring of the seas,the roaring of their waves,the tumult of the peoples,
8 so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
9 You visit the earth and water it;you greatly enrich it;the river of God is full of water;you provide their grain,for so you have prepared it.
10 You water its furrows abundantly,settling its ridges,softening it with showers,and blessing its growth.
11 You crown the year with your bounty;your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,the hills gird themselves with joy,
13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,the valleys deck themselves with grain,they shout and sing together for joy.
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How Awesome Are Your DeedsTo the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.66:1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
2 sing the glory of his name;give to him glorious praise!
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
4 All the earth worships youand sings praises to you;they sing praises to your name.” Selah
5 Come and see what God has done:he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
6 He turned the sea into dry land;they passed through the river on foot.There did we rejoice in him,
7 who rules by his might forever,whose eyes keep watch on the nations—let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
8 Bless our God, O peoples;let the sound of his praise be heard,
9 who has kept our soul among the livingand has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have tested us;you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net;you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12 you let men ride over our heads;we went through fire and through water;yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;I will perform my vows to you,
14 that which my lips utteredand my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth,and high praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly God has listened;he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,because he has not rejected my prayeror removed his steadfast love from me!
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Warning Against Adultery5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion,and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,and her speech is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;her steps follow the path to Sheol;
6 she does not ponder the path of life;her ways wander, and she does not know it.
7 And now, O sons, listen to me,and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep your way far from her,and do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your honor to othersand your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you groan,when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,and my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachersor incline my ear to my instructors.
14 I am at the brink of utter ruinin the assembled congregation.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern,flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden womanand embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,and because of his great folly he is led astray.
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