The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 1:34–2:1

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34  And YHWH heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and swore, saying

34  And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and being greatly provoked he sware, saying,

34  And when the Lord had heard the voice of your words, becoming angry, he swore and said

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35  'Surely there shall not one of these men, even this evil generation, see the good land, which I swore to give unto your fathers,

35  Not one of these men shall see this good land, which I sware to their fathers,

35  ‘None of the men of this wicked generation will see the good land, which I have promised by oath to your fathers,

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36  save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children; because he hath wholly followed YHWH.'

36  except Chaleb the son of Jephonne, he shall see it; and to him I will give the land on which he went up, and to his sons, because he attended to the things of the Lord.

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37  Also YHWH was angry with me for your sakes, saying: Thou also shalt not go in thither;

37  And the Lord was angry with me for your sake, saying, Neither shalt thou by any means enter therein.

37  Neither is his indignation with the people a wonder, since the Lord also became angry with me because of you, and so he said: ‘Neither will you enter into that place.

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38  Joshua the son of Nun, who standeth before thee, he shall go in thither; encourage thou him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

38  But Joshua, the son of Nun, your minister, shall himself enter on your behalf. Exhort and strengthen this man, and he himself shall divide the land by lot to Israel.

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39  Moreover your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

39  And every young child who this day knows not good or evil, —they shall enter therein, and to them I will give it, and they shall inherit it.

39  Your little ones, about whom you said that they would be led away as captives, and your sons, who to this day are ignorant of the difference between good and evil, they shall enter. And I will give the land to them, and they will possess it.

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40  But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.'

40  And ye turned and marched into the wilderness, in the way by the Red Sea.

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41  Then ye answered and said unto me: 'We have sinned against YHWH, we will go up and fight, according to all that the YHWH our God commanded us.' And ye girded on every man his weapons of war, and deemed it a light thing to go up into the hill-country.

41  And you responded to me: ‘We have sinned against the Lord. We will ascend and fight, just as the Lord our God has instructed.’ And having been equipped with weapons, when you were setting out for the mountain,

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42  And YHWH said unto me: 'Say unto them: Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.'

42  And the Lord said to me, Tell them, Ye shall not go up, neither shall ye fight, for I am not with you; thus shall ye not be destroyed before your enemies.

42  the Lord said to me: ‘Say to them: Do not ascend and do not fight. For I am not with you. Otherwise, you may fall in the sight of your enemies.’

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43  So I spoke unto you, and ye hearkened not; but ye rebelled against the commandment of YHWH, and were presumptuous, and went up into the hill-country.

43  And I spoke to you, and ye did not hearken to me; and ye transgressed the commandment of the Lord; and ye forced your way and went up into the mountain.

43  I spoke, and you did not listen. But, opposing the order of the Lord, and swelling with pride, you ascended onto the mountain.

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44  And the Amorites, that dwell in that hill-country, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and beat you down in Seir, even unto Hormah.

44  And so, having gone forth, the Amorite, who was living in the mountains, came against you and pursued you, just as a swarm of bees would do. And he struck you down from Seir all the way to Hormah.

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45  And ye returned and wept before YHWH; but the YHWH hearkened not to your voice, nor gave ear unto you.

45  And ye sat down and wept before the Lord our God, and the Lord hearkened not to your voice, neither did he take heed to you.

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46  So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

46  And ye dwelt in Cades many days, as many days as ye dwelt there.

46  Therefore, you camped at Kadesh-barnea for a long time.”

2:1  Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as YHWH spoke unto me; and we compassed mount Seir many days.

And we turned and departed into the wilderness, by the way of the Red Sea, as the Lord spoke to me, and we compassed mount Seir many days.

“And setting out from there, we arrived at the wilderness which leads to the Red Sea, just as the Lord had spoken to me. And we encompassed Mount Seir for a long time.