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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.

O Livro

Deuteronómio 1:1-46

Ordem para deixar Horebe

1Este livro regista as palavras que Moisés comunicou ao povo de Israel, quando estavam acampados no vale de Arabá, no deserto de Moabe, do lado nascente do rio Jordão, em frente de Sufe, entre Parã e Tofel, dum lado, e Labão, Hazerote e Di-Zaabe, do outro. 2-3Estas palavras foram-lhes dirigidas no primeiro dia do décimo primeiro mês, 40 anos após terem deixado o monte Horebe, ainda que sejam apenas 11 dias de viagem a pé, do monte Horebe até Cades-Barneia, indo pelo monte Seir, conforme tudo o que o Senhor tinha confiado a Moisés para lhes transmitir. 4Na altura em que estas palavras foram proferidas, já o rei Siom dos amorreus tinha sido derrotado em Hesbom e o rei Ogue de Basã também já fora vencido em Astarote, perto de Edrei.

5Assim falou Moisés a Israel, expondo toda a Lei que Deus lhe dissera para comunicar ao povo: 6Foi há 40 anos, no monte Horebe, que o Senhor, nosso Deus, nos disse: “Ficaram aqui bastante tempo. 7Agora vão e ocupem as montanhas dos amorreus, o vale de Arabá, os montes, o Negueve e toda a planície costeira de Canaã e do Líbano; toda a área que vai do Mediterrâneo até ao grande rio Eufrates. 8Dou-vos todo este território; possuam-no, pois trata-se da terra que o Senhor prometeu aos vossos antepassados Abraão, Isaque e Jacob, e a todos os seus descendentes.”

Moisés nomeia auxiliares

(Êx 18.13-27)

9Por essa altura, eu disse-vos: “Preciso de ajuda. Vocês são um fardo demasiado grande para eu levar sozinho, 10porque o Senhor, vosso Deus, vos multiplicou como as estrelas. 11Que o Senhor, Deus dos vossos pais, vos multiplique mil vezes ainda e vos abençoe como prometeu! 12Que pode um só homem fazer perante todas as vossas disputas e problemas? 13Escolham alguns homens de cada tribo, que sejam pessoas de bom senso, compreensivas e com experiência de vida, e nomeá-los-ei como vossos chefes.”

14Vocês concordaram. 15Por isso, tomei os homens que selecionaram, alguns de cada tribo, e designei-os para assistentes administrativos, por escalões de mil, cem, cinquenta e dez pessoas, 16para deliberarem quanto às questões que lhes fossem apresentadas, e para prestarem assistência geral em cada dia. Instruí-os para que fossem sempre perfeitamente justos, mesmo com os estrangeiros. 17“Quando tomarem decisões”, disse-lhes, “nunca favoreçam um indivíduo porque é rico, por exemplo. Sejam justos com todos, tanto grandes como pequenos. Não temam o desagrado das pessoas, pois estão a julgar em nome de Deus. Tragam-me algum caso cuja dificuldade vos ultrapasse e eu o resolverei.” 18Aliás, dei-vos outras instruções nessa altura.

Moisés envia espias

(Nm 13.1-33)

19-20Deixámos então o monte Horebe e atravessámos o grande e terrível deserto, tendo finalmente chegado às colinas dos amorreus, para onde o Senhor, nosso Deus, nos tinha dirigido. Estávamos em Cades-Barneia e eu disse ao povo: 21“O Senhor Deus deu-nos esta terra. Vão e conquistem-na. Nada receiem e não duvidem!”

22Mas vocês replicaram: “Primeiramente, enviemos espias para descobrirem o melhor caminho para lá entrar e para escolherem as cidades que devemos capturar primeiro.”

23Isto pareceu-nos uma boa ideia. Por isso, escolhi doze espias, um de cada tribo. 24Eles atravessaram as colinas e vieram até ao vale de Escol, 25tendo regressado com amostras dos frutos da terra. Bastava vê-los para nos convencermos de que se tratava, na verdade, de uma ótima terra, essa que o Senhor, nosso Deus, nos dera!

Rebelião contra o Senhor

(Nm 14.1-45)

26Contudo, recusaram-se a ir conquistá-la e rebelaram-se contra a ordem do Senhor, vosso Deus. 27Lamentaram-se e murmuraram nas vossas tendas: “O Senhor deve odiar-nos, trazendo-nos do Egito até aqui, para sermos assassinados por estes amorreus. 28Porque é que precisamos de ir para lá? Os nossos irmãos que foram observar a terra aterrorizaram-nos com o seu relato; dizem que o povo da terra é forte e de alta estatura e que tem cidades fortificadas com muralhas altíssimas até ao céu! Até viram lá gigantes descendentes de Anaque!”1.28 Os descendentes de Anaque, ou anaquins, representam os antigos habitantes da terra hoje pertencente ao território de Israel.

29E disse-vos: “Não estejam com medo! 30O Senhor Deus é o vosso chefe e lutará em vosso favor com o seu poder divino, tal como no Egito. 31Sabem como o Senhor, vosso Deus, cuidou de vocês dia após dia, aqui no deserto, e que foi como um pai para cada um!”

32Mas de nada serviu tudo o que vos disse. Recusaram-se a crer no Senhor, vosso Deus, 33que vos tinha conduzido em todos os momentos, selecionando os melhores lugares para acamparem, guiando-vos clara e seguramente por meio duma coluna de fogo durante a noite e duma nuvem durante o dia.

34O Senhor ouviu os vossos lamentos e ficou muito irado. 35Garantiu então que nem uma só pessoa de toda a vossa geração viveria o tempo bastante para poder ver a boa terra que prometera aos vossos antepassados, 36à exceção de Calebe, filho de Jefoné, o qual, pelo facto de ter seguido inteiramente o Senhor, haveria de receber como herança pessoal uma parte da terra em que já tinha penetrado.

37Mesmo comigo, o Senhor também ficou zangado, por vossa causa, e disse-me: “Não entrarás na terra prometida! 38Será antes o teu assistente, Josué, filho de Num, quem lá fará entrar o povo. Anima-o a preparar-se para tomar a liderança. 39A terra será dada às crianças que ainda não distinguem o que é bom do que é mau, das quais agora dizem temer que venham a morrer no deserto. 40Quanto a vocês, voltem para trás e tornem a atravessar o deserto em direção ao mar Vermelho.”

41Então confessaram: “Pecámos! Estamos agora decididos a entrar na terra e a lutar por ela, tal como o Senhor, nosso Deus, nos disse.” Pegaram em armas e pensaram que seria fácil subir à montanha.

42No entanto, o Senhor ordenou-me: “Diz-lhes para não o fazerem, porque não irei com eles; serão vencidos pelos seus inimigos.”

43Comuniquei-vos esse aviso, mas não quiseram ouvir-me. Desobedeceram novamente às ordens do Senhor e insistiram em subir à montanha. 44Os amorreus que lá viviam vieram ao vosso encontro, perseguiram-vos como se fossem um enxame de abelhas e feriram-vos; isto passou-se entre Seir e Horma. 45Regressaram e choraram então perante o Senhor, sem que este, contudo, vos escutasse. 46E assim ficaram naquele sítio, em Cades, durante muito tempo.