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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.

New Living Translation

Deuteronomy 1

Introduction to Moses’ First Address

1These are the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan Valley[a] near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.

Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai[b] to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month,[c] Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say. This took place after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated King Og of Bashan, who ruled in Ashtaroth.

While the Israelites were in the land of Moab east of the Jordan River, Moses carefully explained the Lord’s instructions as follows.

The Command to Leave Sinai

“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighboring regions—the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills,[d] the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

Moses Appoints Leaders from Each Tribe

Moses continued, “At that time I told you, ‘You are too great a burden for me to carry all by myself. 10 The Lord your God has increased your population, making you as numerous as the stars! 11 And may the Lord, the God of your ancestors, multiply you a thousand times more and bless you as he promised! 12 But you are such a heavy load to carry! How can I deal with all your problems and bickering? 13 Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’

14 “Then you responded, ‘Your plan is a good one.’ 15 So I took the wise and respected men you had selected from your tribes and appointed them to serve as judges and officials over you. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten.

16 “At that time I instructed the judges, ‘You must hear the cases of your fellow Israelites and the foreigners living among you. Be perfectly fair in your decisions 17 and impartial in your judgments. Hear the cases of those who are poor as well as those who are rich. Don’t be afraid of anyone’s anger, for the decision you make is God’s decision. Bring me any cases that are too difficult for you, and I will handle them.’

18 “At that time I gave you instructions about everything you were to do.

Scouts Explore the Land

19 “Then, just as the Lord our God commanded us, we left Mount Sinai and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness, as you yourselves remember, and headed toward the hill country of the Amorites. When we arrived at Kadesh-barnea, 20 I said to you, ‘You have now reached the hill country of the Amorites that the Lord our God is giving us. 21 Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’

22 “But you all came to me and said, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and which towns we should enter.’

23 “This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes. 24 They headed for the hill country and came to the valley of Eshcol and explored it. 25 They picked some of its fruit and brought it back to us. And they reported, ‘The land the Lord our God has given us is indeed a good land.’

Israel’s Rebellion against the Lord

26 “But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to go in. 27 You complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt—to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have demoralized us with their report. They tell us, “The people of the land are taller and more powerful than we are, and their towns are large, with walls rising high into the sky! We even saw giants there—the descendants of Anak!”’

29 “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid of them! 30 The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. 31 And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’

32 “But even after all he did, you refused to trust the Lord your God, 33 who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.

34 “When the Lord heard your complaining, he became very angry. So he solemnly swore, 35 ‘Not one of you from this wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the Lord completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the very land he explored during his scouting mission.’

37 “And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land! 38 Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him, for he will lead Israel as they take possession of it. 39 I will give the land to your little ones—your innocent children. You were afraid they would be captured, but they will be the ones who occupy it. 40 As for you, turn around now and go on back through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.[e]

41 “Then you confessed, ‘We have sinned against the Lord! We will go into the land and fight for it, as the Lord our God has commanded us.’ So your men strapped on their weapons, thinking it would be easy to attack the hill country.

42 “But the Lord told me to tell you, ‘Do not attack, for I am not with you. If you go ahead on your own, you will be crushed by your enemies.’

43 “This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the Lord’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight. 44 But the Amorites who lived there came out against you like a swarm of bees. They chased and battered you all the way from Seir to Hormah. 45 Then you returned and wept before the Lord, but he refused to listen. 46 So you stayed there at Kadesh for a long time.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Hebrew the Arabah; also in 1:7.
  2. 1:2 Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 1:6, 19.
  3. 1:3 Hebrew In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month. This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in January or February.
  4. 1:7 Hebrew the Shephelah.
  5. 1:40 Hebrew sea of reeds.