The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 1:19–33

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19  And we journeyed from Horeb, and went through all that great and dreadful wilderness which ye saw, by the way to the hill- country of the Amorites, as YHWH our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

19  Then, setting out from Horeb, we crossed through a terrible and great wasteland, which you saw along the way of the mountain of the Amorite, just as the Lord our God had instructed us. And when we had arrived at Kadesh-barnea,

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20  And I said unto you: 'Ye are come unto the hill-country of the Amorites, which YHWH our God giveth unto us.

20  And I said to you, Ye have come as far as the mountain of the Amorite, which the Lord our God gives to you

20  I said to you: ‘You have arrived at the mountain of the Amorite, which the Lord our God will give to us.

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21  Behold, YHWH thy God hath set the land before thee; go up, take possession, as the YHWH, the God of thy fathers, hath spoken unto thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.'

21  behold, the Lord your God has delivered to us the land before you: go up and inherit it as the Lord God of your fathers said to you; fear not, neither be afraid.

21  Gaze upon the land that the Lord your God gives to you. Ascend and possess it, just as the Lord our God has spoken to your fathers. Do not be afraid, and do not become terrified by anything.’

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22  And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said: 'Let us send men before us, that they may search the land for us, and bring us back word of the way by which we must go up, and the cities unto which we shall come.'

22  And you all approached me and said: ‘Let us send men who may consider the land, and who may report as to the way by which we ought to ascend, and as to which cities we ought to travel.’

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23  And the thing pleased me well; and I took twelve men of you, one man for every tribe;

23  And since the word was pleasing to me, I sent from among you twelve men, one from each tribe.

24  and they turned and went up into the mountains, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and spied it out.

24  These, when they had set out and had ascended the mountains, arrived as far as the valley of the cluster of grapes. And having considered the land,

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25  And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us back word, and said: 'Good is the land which YHWH our God giveth unto us.'

25  having taken from its fruits in order to show its fertility, they brought these to us, and they said: ‘The land that the Lord our God will give to us is good.’

25  And they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down to us, and they brought us word again and said to us, It is a good land which the LORD our God does give to us.

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26  Yet ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of YHWH your God;

26  Yet you were not willing to go there. Instead, being incredulous to the word of the Lord our God,

26  But in spite of this, you would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God;

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27  and ye murmured in your tents, and said: 'Because YHWH 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.

27  you murmured in your tents, and you said: ‘The Lord hates us, and therefore he has led us away from the land of Egypt, so that he might deliver us into the hand of the Amorite and destroy us.

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28  Whither are we going up? our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying: The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.'

28  To where should we ascend? The messengers have terrified our heart by saying: “The multitude is very great, and taller than us. And the cities are great, and the walls extend even to the sky. We have seen the sons of the Anakim there.” ’

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29  Then I said unto you: 'Dread not, neither be afraid of them.

29  And I said to you, Fear not, neither be ye afraid of them;

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30  YHWH your God who goeth before you, He shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

30  the Lord your God who goes before your face, he shall fight against them together with you effectually, according to all that he wrought for you in the land of Egypt;

30  The Lord God himself, who is your leader, will fight on your behalf, just as he did in Egypt in the sight of all.

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31  and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that YHWH thy God bore thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came unto this place.

31  and in this wilderness which ye saw, by the way of the mountain of the Amorite; how the Lord thy God will bear thee as a nursling, as if any man should nurse his child, through all the way which ye have gone until ye came to this place.

31  And in the wilderness (as you yourselves saw), the Lord your God carried you, like a man who is accustomed to carrying his little son, along all the way that you walked, until you arrived at this place.’

32  Yet in this thing ye do not believe YHWH your God,

32  And in this matter ye believed not the Lord our God,

32  And yet, despite all of this, you did not believe the Lord your God,

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33  Who went before you in the way, to seek you out a place to pitch your tents in: in fire by night, to show you by what way ye should go, and in the cloud by day.'

33  who goes before you in the way to choose you a place, guiding you in fire by night, shewing you the way by which ye go, and a cloud by day.