Deuteronomy 9

Israel Provoked God

Hear, O Israel! You are crossing over the Jordan today to go in to dispossess a nations greater and mightier than you, great cities
Lit and fortified
c fortified to heaven,
a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know and of whom you have heard it said, ‘ d Who can stand before the sons of Anak?’ Know therefore today that e it is the  Lord your God who is crossing over before you as f a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that g you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the  Lord has spoken to you.

h Do not say in your heart when the  Lord your God has driven them out before
Lit you saying
you, ‘Because of my righteousness the  Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ but it is j because of the wickedness of these nations that the  Lord is dispossessing them before you.
“It is k not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the  Lord your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm l the
Lit word
oath which the  Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the  Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are n a
Or stiff-necked
stubborn people.
Remember, do not forget how you provoked the  Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness; p from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the  Lord. “Even q at Horeb you provoked the  Lord to wrath, and the  Lord was so angry with you that He would have destroyed you. When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the  Lord had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; r I neither ate bread nor drank water. 10 “The  Lord gave me the two tablets of stone s written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the  Lord had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. 11 It came about t at the end of forty days and nights that the  Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant. 12  u “Then the  Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go down from here quickly, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly. They have v quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made a molten image for themselves.’ 13 “The w  Lord spoke further to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a
Or stiff-necked
y stubborn people.
14 z Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and aa blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’

15  ab So I turned and came down from the mountain while the mountain was burning with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the  Lord your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the  Lord had commanded you. 17 I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes. 18  ac I fell down before the  Lord ad as at the first, forty days and nights; ae I neither ate bread nor drank water af because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the  Lord to provoke Him to anger. 19 “For ag I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the  Lord was wrathful against you in order to destroy you, ah but the  Lord listened to me that time also. 20 “The  Lord was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him; so I also prayed for Aaron at the same time. 21  ai I took your
Lit sin
sinful thing, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it very small until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that came down from the mountain.

22 “Again at ak Taberah and at al Massah and at am Kibroth-hattaavah you provoked the  Lord to wrath. 23 “When the  Lord sent you from an Kadesh-barnea, saying, ‘ ao Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord your God; aq you neither believed Him nor listened to His voice.
24  ar You have been rebellious against the  Lord from the day I knew you.

25  as So I fell down before the  Lord the forty days and nights, which I
Lit fell down
did because the  Lord had said He would destroy you.
26  au I prayed to the  Lord and said, ‘O Lord  God, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or their sin. 28 Otherwise the land from which You brought us may say, av Because the  Lord was not able to bring them into the land which He had
Lit spoken to
promised them and because He hated them He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.”
29 Yet they are Your people, even ax Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your ay great power and Your outstretched arm.’
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