Deuteronomy 9


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

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