Deuteronomy 9

1Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, 2A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! 3Understand therefore this day, that  יהוה thy Elohim is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as  יהוה hath said unto thee. 4Speak not thou in thine heart, after that  יהוה thy Elohim hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness  יהוה hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations  יהוה doth drive them out from before thee. 5Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations  יהוה thy Elohim doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which  יהוה sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6Understand therefore, that  יהוה thy Elohim giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people. 7Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst  יהוה thy Elohim to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against  יהוה. 8Also in Horeb ye provoked  יהוה to wrath, so that  יהוה was angry with you to have destroyed you. 9When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which  יהוה made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: 10And  יהוה delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of Elohim; and on them was written according to all the words, which  יהוה spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. 11And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that  יהוה gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. 12And  יהוה said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. 13Furthermore  יהוה spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 14Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. 15So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. 16And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against  יהוה your Elohim, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which  יהוה had commanded you. 17And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. 18And I fell down before  יהוה, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of  יהוה, to provoke him to anger. 19For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith  יהוה was wroth against you to destroy you. But  יהוה hearkened unto me at that time also. 20And  יהוה was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. 21And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. 22And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked  יהוה to wrath. 23Likewise when  יהוה sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of  יהוה your Elohim, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice. 24Ye have been rebellious against  יהוה from the day that I knew you. 25Thus I fell down before  יהוה forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because  יהוה had said he would destroy you. 26I prayed therefore unto  יהוה, and said, O Sovereign  יהוה, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin: 28Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because  יהוה was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. 29Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.
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