Amplified Bible

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

申命記 1

前言

1以下是摩西對以色列人說的話。當時以色列人在約旦河東的曠野、疏弗對面的亞拉巴,即巴蘭、陀弗、拉班、哈洗錄和底撒哈之間。 從何烈山取道西珥山到加低斯·巴尼亞,需十一天。 在離開埃及後第四十年的十一月一日,摩西把耶和華的一切吩咐告訴了以色列人。 那時,他已經打敗了希實本的亞摩利王西宏以及盤踞在以得來和亞斯她錄的巴珊王噩。 摩西在約旦河東的摩押講解律法,說: 「我們的上帝耶和華在何烈山對我們說,『你們在這裡已經住了多日, 現在該啟程前往亞摩利人的山區、亞拉巴地區、山地、丘陵、南地、沿海一帶、迦南和黎巴嫩,直到幼發拉底河。 看啊,我把那片土地賜給你們了,你們去佔領吧,那是耶和華起誓賜給你們祖先亞伯拉罕、以撒、雅各和他們後裔的地方。』

摩西設立首領

「那時,我對你們說,『我無法獨自承擔管理你們的重任, 10 因為你們的上帝耶和華使你們人丁興旺,以致今天人數多如天上的星星。 11 願你們祖先的上帝耶和華使你們人數更增千倍,照祂的應許賜福給你們。 12 但我怎能獨自擔當解決你們問題和爭端的重任呢? 13 你們要從各支派中選出有智慧、有見識、受尊重的人,我要立他們做你們的首領。』 14 你們都同意這樣的做法。 15 於是,我把各支派中有智慧和受敬重的人立為你們的首領,即千夫長、百夫長、五十夫長、十夫長和其他官長,治理你們。 16 我吩咐這些官員要聆聽案件,公正地審理同胞之間或與外族人之間的訴訟, 17 不可偏私,不分貴賤,不懼情面,因為判決來自上帝。如果案件太難,可以交給我處理。 18 那時,我把一切當行之事都告訴了你們。

派人打探迦南

19 「我們照我們上帝耶和華的吩咐,從何烈山出發,走過你們所見的那大而可怕的曠野,前往亞摩利山區,來到加低斯·巴尼亞。 20 我對你們說,『我們的上帝耶和華賜給我們的亞摩利山區到了。 21 看啊,你們祖先的上帝耶和華已把那片土地賜給你們,你們要照著祂的應許去佔領那裡,不要懼怕,不要氣餒。』 22 你們來對我說,『我們要先派人去打探那地方,回來好告訴我們當走哪條路,當佔哪些城。』 23 我同意你們的建議,便從你們當中選出十二人,每支派選一人。 24 他們前往山區,到了以實各谷,打探那地方。 25 他們帶回來一些那裡的果子,稟告說,『我們的上帝耶和華賜給我們的地方很好。』

26 「但你們卻違背你們上帝耶和華的命令,不肯上去。 27 你們在帳篷中埋怨說,『耶和華憎恨我們,所以才領我們離開埃及,要把我們交在亞摩利人手裡,讓他們消滅我們。 28 我們怎能上去呢?那些弟兄的報告令我們膽戰心驚,他們說那裡的人比我們高大,城邑雄偉,城牆高達雲霄,還有亞衲人在那裡。』 29 我對你們說,『不要驚慌,不要怕他們。 30 你們的上帝耶和華必帶領你們,為你們爭戰,正如祂當著你們的面在埃及所行的一樣。 31 你們在曠野曾目睹你們的上帝耶和華像父親抱兒子一樣,一路把你們抱到這地方。』 32-33 祂為你們開路,為你們找安營的地方,夜間用火柱、白天用雲柱為你們引路。儘管如此,你們還是不信靠你們的上帝耶和華。

懲罰叛逆

34 「你們的埋怨惹耶和華發怒,祂起誓說, 35 『這邪惡的一代沒有一人能看見我起誓要賜給他們祖先的佳美之地, 36 只有耶孚尼的兒子迦勒能看見,我必把他所踏之地賜給他和他的後代,因為他全心全意地跟從我。』 37 因為你們的緣故,耶和華也向我發怒,說,『你也不能進入那片土地, 38 但你的助手——嫩的兒子約書亞可以進入。你要鼓勵他,因為他將帶領以色列承受那片土地。 39 你們說你們的子女會被擄去,但這些還不知善惡的孩子都將進入那片土地,我要把那裡賜給他們,他們將佔領那裡。 40 而你們要掉頭,沿紅海的路回到曠野。』

41 「於是,你們對我說,『我們得罪了耶和華,現在我們願意遵從我們的上帝耶和華的吩咐,上去作戰。』你們便各自拿起兵器,以為可以輕易攻佔山區。 42 但耶和華讓我告訴你們,『不要上去作戰,以免被敵人擊敗,因為耶和華不會與你們同在。』 43 我把耶和華的話轉告了你們,但你們不聽,違背耶和華的命令,擅自前往山區。 44 住在山區的亞摩利人蜂擁出擊,打敗了你們,從西珥追殺你們,一直追到何珥瑪。 45 你們回來在耶和華面前哭泣,但耶和華不理會你們的哭聲。 46 因此,你們在加低斯住了很久。