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Deuteronomy 1

Israel’s History after the Exodus

1These are the words which Moses spoke to all [a]Israel [while they were still] beyond [that is, on the east side of] the Jordan [River] in the wilderness [across from Jerusalem], in the Arabah [the long, deep valley running north and south from the eastern arm of the Red Sea to beyond the Dead Sea] opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab (place of gold). It is [only] eleven days’ journey from Horeb (Mount Sinai) by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea [on Canaan’s border; yet Israel [b]wandered in the wilderness for forty years before crossing the border and entering Canaan, the promised land]. In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel in accordance with all that the Lord had commanded him to say to them, after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived at Ashtaroth in Edrei. Beyond (east of) the Jordan in the [c]land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,

“The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough on this mountain. Turn and resume your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland (the Shephelah), in the Negev (South country) and on the coast of the [Mediterranean] Sea, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. Look, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.’

“I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I am not able to bear the burden of you alone. 10 The Lord your God has multiplied you, and look, today you are as numerous as the stars of heaven. 11 May the Lord, the God of your fathers, add to you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, just as He has promised you! 12 How can I alone bear the weight and pressure and burden of you and your strife (contention) and complaining? 13 Choose for yourselves wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as heads (leaders) over you.’ 14 And you answered me, ‘The thing which you have said to do is good.’ 15 So I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and made them leaders over you, commanders of thousands, and hundreds, and fifties, and tens, and officers (administrators) for your tribes.

16 “Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the matters between your brothers [your fellow countrymen], and judge righteously and fairly between a man and his brother, or the stranger (resident alien, foreigner) who is with him. 17 You shall not [d]show partiality in judgment; you shall hear and pay attention to the [cases of the] least [important] as well as the great. You shall not [e]fear man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you [to judge], you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’ 18 I commanded you at that time [regarding] all the things that you should do.

19 “Then we set out from Horeb (Sinai), and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the [f]Amorites, just as the Lord our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 And I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites which the Lord our God is about to give us. 21 Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and take possession of it, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’

22 “Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men [into the land] before us, so that they may explore and search the area for us, and bring back to us word regarding the way we should go, and the cities we should enter.’ 23 The plan pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe. 24 They turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out. 25 Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they reported back to us, and said, ‘It is a good land which the Lord our God is about to give us.’

26 “Yet you were not willing to go up [to take possession of it], but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. 27 You murmured and were ill-tempered (discontented) in your tents, and said, ‘Because the Lord hates us He has brought us from the land of Egypt to hand us over to the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go up? Our brothers (spies) have made our hearts melt [in fear] and demoralized us by saying, “The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large, and fortified [all the way up] to heaven. And besides, we saw the [giant-like] sons of the Anakim there.”’ 29 Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. 30 The Lord your God who goes before you will fight for you Himself, just as He did for you in Egypt before your [very] eyes, 31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried and protected you, just as a man carries his son, all along the way which you traveled until you arrived at this place.’ 32 Yet in spite of this word, you did not trust [that is, confidently rely on and believe] the Lord your God, 33 who went before you along the way, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to seek a place for you to make camp and to show you the way in which you should go.

34 “And the Lord heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, 35 ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore (solemnly promised) to give to your fathers, 36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has walked, because he has followed the Lord completely [and remained true to Him].’ 37 The Lord was angry with me also because of you, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter Canaan. 38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there. Encourage and strengthen him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. 39 Moreover, your little ones whom you said would become prey, and your sons, who today have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter Canaan, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it. 40 But as for you, turn around and set out for the wilderness by way of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds).’

41 “Then you answered and said to me, ‘We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God has commanded us.’ So you [g]equipped every man with weapons of war, and regarded it as easy to go up into the hill country. 42 But the Lord said to me, ‘Say to them, “Do not go up and do not fight, for I am not among you [because of your rebellion]; otherwise you will be [badly] defeated by your enemies.”’ 43 So I spoke to you, but you would not listen. Instead you rebelled against the command of the Lord, and acted presumptuously and went up into the hill country. 44 Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and struck you down in Seir as far as Hormah. 45 And you returned and wept before the Lord; but the Lord would not listen to your voice nor pay attention to you. 46 So you stayed in Kadesh; many days you stayed there.

Notas al pie

  1. Deuteronomy 1:1 In general, sons (children) of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  2. Deuteronomy 1:2 God punished the children of Israel for their lack of faith (Num 14:1-3), their disobedience, and their worship of false gods at Mount Sinai (Ex 32:1-6; Deut 9:12, 16); however, God also used this time to teach the Israelites, through Moses, exactly what was expected of them once they possessed their promised land.
  3. Deuteronomy 1:5 This area is now part of the modern-day Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In ancient times it was a strip of mountainous land on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. Moab, forefather of the Moabites, was the son of Lot, through his elder daughter (Gen 19:30-38).
  4. Deuteronomy 1:17 Lit recognize faces.
  5. Deuteronomy 1:17 Lit fear because of the face of.
  6. Deuteronomy 1:19 A tribal people descended from Canaan the son of Ham the son of Noah. The Amorites were so prominent that “Amorite” is sometimes used interchangeably with “Canaanite” to refer to all the people living in Canaan.
  7. Deuteronomy 1:41 Lit girded.

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5 Mosebog 1

Indledning

1I denne bog er de ord nedskrevet, som Moses talte til Israels folk, mens de opholdt sig på Moabs ubeboede sletter øst for Jordanfloden, omkranset af byerne Suf, Paran, Tofel, Laban, Hatzerot og Di-Zahab. Stedet ligger 11 dagsrejser fra Horebs bjerg[a] via Kadesh-Barnea og Seirs bjerge, og det var nu 40 år siden, israelitterne rejste fra Egypten. På den første dag i den 11. måned i det 40. år holdt Moses følgende tale. Det var efter, at han havde overvundet amoritterkongen Sihon fra Heshbon og i Edrei havde slået kong Og af Bashan fra Ashtarot. I talen nævnes de love, som Herren havde befalet ham at give videre til Israels folk.

Tilbageblik på vandringen fra Sinai til det lovede land

„Herren, vores Gud, talte til os ved Horebs bjerg,” begyndte Moses. „Dengang sagde han til os: ‚Nu er det på tide, at I forlader dette bjerg og går ind og erobrer amoritternes bjergland og nabofolkenes landområder i Arabadalen[b], i Negev ørkenen, i kanaʼanæernes højland, bakkeskråningerne mod vest og kystområderne, ja helt op til Eufratfloden mod nord, inklusive Libanons land. Gå ind og tag hele det land i besiddelse, som jeg lovede jeres forfædre, Abraham, Isak og Jakob.’

Dengang sagde jeg til Israels folk: ‚Jeg kan ikke bære så stort et ansvar alene. 10 Herren har gjort jer til et stort folk, så talrige som stjernerne på himlen. 11 Må Herren, jeres fædres Gud, gøre jer 1000 gange så talrige, som I er nu, og velsigne jer, sådan som han har lovet. 12 Men det er en uoverkommelig opgave for mig at være alene om at afgøre jeres retssager og stridsspørgsmål. 13 Derfor skal hver enkelt stamme udvælge nogle vise, erfarne og forstandige mænd, som jeg kan indsætte som jeres ledere.’

14 Det forslag accepterede de, 15 hvorefter jeg indsatte de mænd, der blev valgt, som dommere og administrative ledere, nogle med ansvar for 1000, andre med ansvar for 100, for 50 eller for 10. 16 Jeg indprentede dem, at alle skulle være lige for loven, også de fremmede, og at de skulle lade begge parter komme til orde og derefter dømme retfærdigt. 17 ‚Når I afsiger dom,’ forklarede jeg dem, ‚skal alle behandles ens, hvad enten de er rige eller fattige. Sørg for at yde alle samme retfærdighed. I må ikke frygte for nogen, for I dømmer på Guds vegne, og hvis en sag er for vanskelig til, at I kan træffe en afgørelse, skal I komme til mig med den, så jeg kan overtage den.’ 18 Ved den lejlighed gav jeg også folket instrukser vedrørende mange andre ting.

19 På Herrens befaling forlod vi så Horeb og rejste gennem den store og forfærdelige ørken, som I selv har oplevet eller hørt om, indtil vi nåede til Kadesh-Barnea på grænsen til amoritternes land. 20 Da sagde jeg til folket: ‚Nu er vi kommet til det land, som Herren, vores Gud, vil give os, 21 og han vil hjælpe os med at erobre det. Vær derfor ikke bange, men vær ved godt mod og gør, som han har befalet jer at gøre.’

22 De svarede: ‚Lad os først sende nogle spioner ind i landet, så vi kan se, hvilken rute der er den bedste, og hvilke byer vi først skal indtage.’

23 Jeg gik ind på forslaget og udvalgte 12 spioner, en fra hver stamme. 24 De drog ind i bjerglandet og nåede til Eshkoldalen, som de undersøgte grundigt. 25 Derfra vendte de tilbage med noget af landets frugt. De var enige om, at det var et godt og frugtbart land, som Herren, vores Gud, ville give os. 26 Men folket turde alligevel ikke gå ind i landet og satte sig dermed op imod Herrens befaling.

27 I stedet begyndte de at beklage sig i deres telte. ‚Herren hader os,’ klagede de. ‚Han har ført os den lange vej fra Egypten, men kun for at udlevere os til amoritterne, så de kan slå os ihjel. 28 Hvad er det dog, vi har indladt os på?’ Spionerne tog modet fra folket ved at berette om landets indfødte, der var langt højere og stærkere end os, og om deres befæstede byer, hvis mure nåede til himlen! De fortalte tilmed, at de havde set anakitiske[c] kæmper i landet.

29 Men jeg opfordrede dem til ikke at være bange. 30 ‚Det er Herren, jeres Gud, som er jeres leder,’ sagde jeg. ‚Han vil gå foran jer og gøre store undere for øjnene af jer, nøjagtig som han gjorde i Egypten. 31 Har I allerede glemt, hvordan han bar jer på sine arme hele vejen gennem ørkenen som en far, der bærer sin søn?’

32 Men folket ville stadig ikke adlyde. De nægtede at tro på Herren, deres Gud, 33 som førte dem fra sted til sted ved hjælp af en sky om dagen og en ildsky om natten og viste dem de bedste steder at slå lejr i ørkenen.

34 Da blev Herren vred over deres beklagelser. Han svor, 35 at ikke en eneste af hele den ulydige og vantro generation skulle få lov at opleve det gode land, han havde lovet deres forfædre, 36 undtagen Kaleb, der som belønning for sin tro og lydighed fik lovning på den jord, han som en af de 12 spioner havde betrådt.

37 Selv mig blev Herren vred på, og det var folkets skyld. Herren sagde til mig: ‚Heller ikke du får lov at komme ind i landet, 38 men din medhjælper Josva skal i dit sted føre folket ind. Derfor skal du styrke og opmuntre ham til at overtage din plads. 39 Jeg vil senere give landet til de børn, som man påstod ville blive taget til fange og gjort til slaver, 40 men I skal nu vende om og gå tilbage gennem ørkenen mod Det Røde Hav.’

41 Så kom de straks på andre tanker: ‚Vi har syndet imod Herren!’ sagde de. ‚Men nu vil vi gerne gå ind i landet og kæmpe, sådan som Herren, vores Gud, har sagt.’ Derpå greb de til våben i den tro, at de med lethed kunne erobre hele området.

42 Men Herren sagde til mig: ‚Sig til dem, at de skal lade være, for jeg har ikke i sinde at hjælpe dem, og de vil blive hugget ned af deres fjender.’

43 Jeg fortalte dem, hvad Herren havde sagt, men de ville stadig ikke høre efter. De trodsede Herrens ord og rykkede ind i bjerglandet. 44 Amoritterne gik til modangreb og jagtede dem som bier, så der lå faldne hele vejen fra Seir til Horma. 45 De, der vendte hjem, græd for Herrens ansigt, men nu var det Herren, der ikke ville lytte til dem. 46 Derfor var de tvunget til at blive i Kadesh i længere tid.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,2 I 5. Mosebog og til dels i 2. Mosebog omtales Guds bjerg i Sinaiørkenen som Horebs bjerg i stedet for Sinaibjerget.
  2. 1,7 Araba er navnet på den del af Rift Valley, som går fra Eilat ved Det Røde Hav til Libanons bjerge. Gennem denne dalsænkning flyder Jordanfloden og her ligger Galilæasøen og Det Døde Hav.
  3. 1,28 Anakitterne var en slægt af kæmper, der nedstammede fra Anak, jf. 4.Mos. 13,22.