1:1 These [are] the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the
east side of Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over
against Suf, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and
Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
1:2 ([There are] eleven days [journey] from Horeb by the way of
mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.)
1:3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh
month, on the first [day] of the month, [that] Moses spoke to
the children of Israel, according to all that the LORD had
given him in commandment to them;
1:4 After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt
in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who dwelt at Astaroth in
1:5 On the east side of Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses
to declare this law, saying,
1:6 The LORD our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt
long enough in this mount:
1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the
Amorites, and to all [the places] nigh to it, in the plain, on
the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the
sea-side, to the land of the Canaanites, and to Lebanon, to the
great river, the river Euphrates.
1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess
the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, to give to them and to their seed after them.
1:9 And I spoke to you at that time, saying, I am not able to
bear you myself alone:
1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and behold, ye [are]
this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.
1:11 (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!)
1:12 How can I alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and
1:13 Take ye wise men, and understanding, and known among your
tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
1:14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast
spoken [is] good [for us] to do.
1:15 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.
1:16 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
1:17 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 to me, and I will hear it.
1:18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye
1:19 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 Kadesh-barnea.
1:20 And I said to you, Ye have come to the mountain of the
Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give to us.
1:21 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
to thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
1:22 And ye came near to me every one of you, and said, We will
send men before us, and they shall explore the land for us, and
bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what
cities we shall come.
1:23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of
you, one of a tribe:
1:24 And they turned and ascended the mountain, and came to the
valley of Eshcol, and explored it.
1:25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and
brought [it] down to us, and brought us word again, and said,
[It is] a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
1:26 Notwithstanding, ye would not go up, but rebelled against
the commandment of the LORD your God:
1:27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD
hated us, he hath brought us forth from the land of Egypt, to
deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our
heart, saying, The people [are] 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.
1:29 Then I said to you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
1:30 The LORD your God who goeth before you; he shall fight for
you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your
1:31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how the LORD
thy God bore thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way
that ye went, until ye came into this place.
1:32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search out for you a
place to pitch your tents [in], in fire by night, to show you
by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
1:34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth,
and swore, saying,
1:35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil
generation see that good land, which I swore to give to your
1:36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to
him will I give the land that he hath trod upon, and to his
children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.
1:37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying,
Thou also shalt not go in thither.
1:38 [But] Joshua the son of Nun, who standeth before thee, he
shall go in thither. Encourage him: for he shall cause Israel
to inherit it.
1:39 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 to them will I
give it, and they shall possess it.
1:40 But [as for] you, turn ye, and take your journey into the
wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
1:41 Then ye answered and said to 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 ascend the hill.
1:42 And the LORD said to me, Say to them, Go not up, neither
fight; for I [am] not among you; lest ye be smitten before your
1:43 So I spoke to you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled
against the commandment of the LORD, and presumptuously
ascended the hill.
1:44 And the Amorites, who dwelt on that mountain, came out
against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in
Seir, [even] to Hormah.
1:45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD
would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear to you.
1:46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according to the days that
ye abode [there].