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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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Deuteronômio 1

A Ordem para Partir de Horebe

1Estas são as palavras ditas por Moisés a todo o Israel no deserto, a leste do Jordão, na Arabá, defronte de Sufe, entre Parã e Tofel, Labã, Hazerote e Di-Zaabe. Em onze dias se vai de Horebe a Cades-Barnéia pelo caminho dos montes de Seir.

No quadragésimo ano, no primeiro dia do décimo primeiro mês, Moisés proclamou aos israelitas todas as ordens do Senhor acerca deles. Isso foi depois que ele derrotou Seom, rei dos amorreus, que habitava em Hesbom, e, em Edrei, derrotou Ogue, rei de Basã, que habitava em Asterote.

A leste do Jordão, na terra de Moabe, Moisés tomou sobre si a responsabilidade de expor esta lei:

“O Senhor, o nosso Deus, disse-nos em Horebe: ‘Vocês já ficaram bastante tempo nesta montanha. Levantem acampamento e avancem para a serra dos amorreus; vão a todos os povos vizinhos na Arabá, nas montanhas, na Sefelá[a], no Neguebe e ao longo do litoral, à terra dos cananeus e ao Líbano, até o grande rio, o Eufrates.

“‘Ponho esta terra diante de vocês. Entrem e tomem posse da terra que o Senhor prometeu sob juramento dar aos seus antepassados, Abraão, Isaque e Jacó, e aos seus descendentes'.

A Nomeação de Líderes

“Naquela ocasião eu lhes disse: Não posso levá-los sozinho. 10 O Senhor, o seu Deus, os fez multiplicar-se de tal modo que hoje vocês são tão numerosos quanto as estrelas do céu. 11 Que o Senhor, o Deus dos seus antepassados, os multiplique mil vezes mais e os abençoe, conforme lhes prometeu! 12 Mas como poderei levar sozinho as suas cargas, os seus problemas, e as suas disputas? 13 Escolham homens sábios, criteriosos e experientes de cada uma de suas tribos, e eu os colocarei como chefes de vocês.

14 “Vocês me disseram que essa era uma boa proposta.

15 “Então convoquei os chefes das tribos, homens sábios e experientes, e os designei para chefes de mil, de cem, de cinqüenta e de dez, além de oficiais para cada tribo.

16 “Naquela ocasião ordenei aos seus juízes: Atendam as demandas de seus irmãos e julguem com justiça, não só as questões entre os seus compatriotas mas também entre um israelita e um estrangeiro. 17 Não sejam parciais no julgamento! Atendam tanto o pequeno como o grande. Não se deixem intimidar por ninguém, pois o veredicto pertence a Deus. Tragam-me os casos mais difíceis e eu os ouvirei. 18 Naquela ocasião eu lhes ordenei tudo o que deveriam fazer.

A Expedição de Reconhecimento da Terra

19 “Depois, conforme o Senhor, o nosso Deus, nos tinha ordenado, partimos de Horebe e fomos para a serra dos amorreus, passando por todo aquele imenso e terrível deserto que vocês viram, e assim chegamos a Cades-Barnéia. 20 Então eu lhes disse: Vocês chegaram à serra dos amorreus, a qual o Senhor, o nosso Deus, nos dá. 21 Vejam, o Senhor, o seu Deus, põe diante de vocês esta terra. Entrem na terra e tomem posse dela, conforme o Senhor, o Deus dos seus antepassados, lhes disse. Não tenham medo nem desanimem.

22 “Vocês todos vieram dizer-me: ‘Mandemos alguns homens à nossa frente em missão de reconhecimento da região, para que nos indiquem por qual caminho subiremos e a quais cidades iremos'.

23 “A sugestão pareceu-me boa; por isso escolhi doze de vocês, um homem de cada tribo. 24 Eles subiram a região montanhosa, chegaram ao vale de Escol e o exploraram. 25 Trouxeram alguns frutos da região, com o seguinte relato: ‘Essa terra que o Senhor, o nosso Deus, nos dá é boa’.

A Rebelião contra o Senhor

26 “Vocês, contudo, não quiseram ir, e se rebelaram contra a ordem do Senhor, o seu Deus. 27 Queixaram-se em suas tendas, dizendo: ‘O Senhor nos odeia; por isso nos trouxe do Egito para nos entregar nas mãos dos amorreus e destruir-nos. 28 Para onde iremos? Nossos compatriotas nos desanimaram quando disseram: “O povo é mais forte e mais alto do que nós; as cidades são grandes, com muros que vão até o céu. Vimos ali os enaquins”’.

29 “Então eu lhes disse: Não fiquem apavorados; não tenham medo deles. 30 O Senhor, o seu Deus, que está indo à frente de vocês, lutará por vocês, diante de seus próprios olhos, como fez no Egito. 31 Também no deserto vocês viram como o Senhor, o seu Deus, os carregou, como um pai carrega seu filho, por todo o caminho que percorreram até chegarem a este lugar.

32 “Apesar disso, vocês não confiaram no Senhor, o seu Deus, 33 que foi à frente de vocês, numa coluna de fogo de noite e numa nuvem de dia, procurando lugares para vocês acamparem e mostrando-lhes o caminho que deviam seguir.

O Castigo dos Israelitas

34 “Quando o Senhor ouviu o que vocês diziam, irou-se e jurou: 35 ‘Ninguém desta geração má verá a boa terra que jurei dar aos seus antepassados, 36 exceto Calebe, filho de Jefoné. Ele a verá, e eu darei a ele e a seus descendentes a terra em que pisou, pois seguiu o Senhor de todo o coração’.

37 “Por causa de vocês o Senhor irou-se contra mim e me disse: ‘Você também não entrará na terra. 38 Mas o seu auxiliar, Josué, filho de Num, entrará. Encoraje-o, pois ele fará com que Israel tome posse dela. 39 E as crianças que vocês disseram que seriam levadas como despojo, os seus filhos que ainda não distinguem entre o bem e o mal, eles entrarão na terra. Eu a darei a eles, e eles tomarão posse dela. 40 Mas quanto a vocês, dêem meia-volta e partam para o deserto pelo caminho do mar Vermelho’.

41 “Então vocês responderam: ‘Pecamos contra o Senhor. Nós subiremos e lutaremos, conforme tudo o que o Senhor, o nosso Deus, nos ordenou’. Cada um de vocês preparou-se com as suas armas de guerra, achando que seria fácil subir a região montanhosa.

42 “Mas o Senhor me disse: ‘Diga-lhes que não subam nem lutem, porque não estarei com eles. Serão derrotados pelos seus inimigos’.

43 “Eu lhes disse isso, mas vocês não me deram ouvidos, rebelaram-se contra o Senhor e, com presunção, subiram a região montanhosa. 44 Os amorreus que lá viviam os atacaram, os perseguiram como um enxame de abelhas e os arrasaram desde Seir até Hormá. 45 Vocês voltaram e choraram perante o Senhor, mas ele não ouviu o seu clamor nem lhes deu atenção. 46 Então vocês ficaram em Cades, onde permaneceram muito tempo.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.7 Pequena faixa de terra de relevo variável entre a planície costeira e as montanhas.