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Deuteronomy 1

The Lord Commands Israel to Leave Mount Horeb

1These are the words Moses spoke to all the Israelites. At that time, they were in the desert east of the Jordan River. It’s in the Arabah Valley across from Suph. The people were between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. It takes 11 days to go from Mount Horeb to Kadesh Barnea if you travel on the Mount Seir road.

It was the 40th year since the Israelites had left Egypt. On the first day of the 11th month, Moses spoke to them. He told them everything the Lord had commanded him to tell them. They had already won the battle over Sihon. Sihon was the king of the Amorites. He had ruled in Heshbon. Israel had also won the battle over Og at Edrei. Og was the king of Bashan. He had ruled in Ashtaroth.

The people were east of the Jordan River in the territory of Moab. There Moses began to explain the law. Here is what he said.

The Lord our God spoke to us at Mount Horeb. He said, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Take your tents down. Go into the hill country of the Amorites. Go to all the people who are their neighbors. Go to the people who live in the Arabah Valley. Travel to the mountains and the western hills. Go to the people in the Negev Desert and along the coast. Travel to the land of Canaan and to Lebanon. Go as far as the great Euphrates River. I have given you all this land. Go in and take it as your own. The Lord promised he would give the land to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He also said he would give it to their children after them.”

Some Officials Are Chosen to Help Moses

At that time I spoke to you. I said, “You are too heavy a load for me to carry alone. 10 The Lord your God has caused there to be many of you. Today you are as many as the stars in the sky. 11 The Lord is the God of your people. May he cause there to be a thousand times more of you. May he bless you, just as he promised he would. 12 But I can’t handle your problems and troubles all by myself. I can’t settle your arguments. 13 So choose some wise men from each of your tribes. They must understand how to give good advice. The people must have respect for them. I will appoint those men to have authority over you.”

14 You answered me, “Your suggestion is good.”

15 So I chose the leading men of your tribes who were wise and respected. I appointed them to have authority over you. I made them commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. I appointed them to be officials over the tribes. 16 Here is what I commanded your judges at that time. I said, “Listen to your people’s cases when they argue with one another. Judge them fairly. It doesn’t matter whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and an outsider living among you. 17 When you judge them, treat everyone the same. Listen to those who are important and those who are not. Don’t be afraid of anyone. God is the highest judge. Bring me any case that is too hard for you. I’ll listen to it.” 18 At that time I told you everything you should do.

Twelve Men Check Out the Land of Canaan

19 The Lord our God commanded us to start out from Mount Horeb. So we did. We went toward the hill country of the Amorites. We traveled all through the huge and terrible desert you saw. Finally, we reached Kadesh Barnea. 20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites. The Lord our God is giving it to us. 21 The Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take it. Do what the Lord says. He’s the God of your people. Don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope.”

22 Then all of you came to me. You said, “Let’s send some men ahead of us. They can check out the land for us and bring back a report. They can suggest to us which way to go. They can tell us about the towns we’ll come to.”

23 That seemed like a good idea to me. So I chose 12 of you. I picked one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country. There they came to the Valley of Eshkol. They checked it out. 25 They got some of the fruit of that land. Then they brought it down to us and gave us their report. They said, “The Lord our God is giving us a good land.”

Israel Refuses to Obey the Lord

26 But you wouldn’t go up. You refused to obey the command of the Lord your God. 27 You spoke against him in your tents. You said, “The Lord hates us. That’s why he brought us out of Egypt to hand us over to the Amorites. He wanted to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? The men who checked out the land have made us afraid. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are. The cities are large. They have walls that reach up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’ ”

29 Then I said to you, “Don’t be terrified. Don’t be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will fight for you. With your own eyes you saw how he fought for you in Egypt. 31 You also saw how the Lord your God brought you through the desert. He carried you everywhere you went, just as a father carries his son. And now you have arrived here.”

32 In spite of that, you didn’t trust in the Lord your God. 33 He went ahead of you on your journey. He was in the fire at night and in the cloud during the day. He found places for you to camp. He showed you the way you should go.

34 The Lord heard what you said. So he became angry. He made a promise. He said, 35 “I promised to give this good land to your people of long ago. But no one alive today will see it. 36 Only Caleb will see the land. He is the son of Jephunneh. I will give him and his children after him the land he walked on. He followed me with his whole heart.”

37 Because of you, the Lord became angry with me also. He said, “You will not enter the land either. 38 But Joshua, the son of Nun, is your helper. Joshua will enter the land. Help him to be brave. Give him hope. He will lead Israel to take the land as their own. 39 You said your little ones would be taken prisoner. But they will enter the land. They do not yet know right from wrong. But I will give them the land. They will take it as their own. 40 As for you, turn around. Start out toward the desert. Go along the road that leads to the Red Sea.”

41 Then you replied, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and fight. We’ll do just as the Lord our God has commanded us.” So all of you got your swords and put them on. You thought it would be easy to go up into the hill country.

42 But the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight. I will not be with you. Your enemies will win the battle over you.’ ”

43 So I told you what the Lord said. But you wouldn’t listen. You refused to obey his command. You were so filled with pride that you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out and attacked you. Like large numbers of bees they chased you. They beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 You came back and wept in front of the Lord. But he didn’t pay any attention to your weeping. He wouldn’t listen to you. 46 So you stayed in Kadesh for many years. You spent a long time in that area.

O Livro

Deuteronômio 1

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; e que era a região das cidades de Sufe, Parã, Tofel, Labã, Hazerote e Di­Zaabe. 2/3 Estas falas foram­lhes dirigidas no dia 15 de Fevereiro, quarenta anos após terem deixado o Monte Horebe — ainda que haja apenas onze dias de viagem a pé do Monte Horebe até Cades­Barneia, indo pelo monte Seir! Na altura em que estas palavras foram ditas, 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.

Esta é pois a fala que Moisés fez a Israel, expondo todas as leis que Deus lhe mandara comunicar­lhes: 6/8 “Foi há quarenta anos, no Monte Horebe, que Jeová o nosso Deus nos disse: ‘Ficaram aqui já bastante tempo. Agora vão e ocupem as colinas dos amorreus, o vale de Arabá, o Negueve e toda a terra de Canaã e do Líbano — toda a área que vai do Mediterrâneo até ao rio Eufrates. Dou­vos todo este território. Possuam­na, pois que se trata da terra que o Senhor prometeu aos vossos antepassados Abraão, Isaque e Jacob, e a todos os seus descendentes.’

Moisés nomeia auxiliares

9/13 Por essa altura eu disse ao povo: ‘Preciso de ajuda. Vocês são um fardo grande demais para eu levar sozinho, porque o Senhor vos multiplicou como as estrelas. E que ele possa multiplicar­vos mil vezes ainda mais, e abençoar­vos tal como vos prometeu. Mas que pode um só homem fazer perante todas as vossas disputas e os vossos problemas? Por isso escolham alguns homens de cada tribo que sejam pessoas de bom senso, compreensivas e com experiência da vida, e nomeá­los­ei como vossos chefes.’

14/17 Eles concordaram com isso; tomei os homens que seleccionaram, alguns de cada tribo, e designei­os para assistentes administrativos por escalões de mil, de cem, de cinquenta e de dez pessoas, para deliberarem quanto às questões que lhes fossem apresentadas, e para prestarem assistência em geral cada dia. Instruiu­os para que fossem sempre perfeitamente justos, mesmo para os estrangeiros. ‘Quando tomarem decisões’, disse­lhes, ‘nunca favoreçam um indivíduo porque ele é rico, por exemplo; sejam justos, tanto para os grandes como para os pequenos. Não temam o desagrado das pessoas, pois que estão a julgar em nome de Deus. Tragam­me cada caso cuja dificuldade vos ultrapassar, e eu o resolverei.’ 18 Aliás, dei­lhes até mais outras instruções nessa altura.

19/20 Deixámos então o Monte Horebe e atravessámos o grande e terrível deserto, tendo finalmente chegado às colinas dos amorreus, para onde o Senhor nos tinha dirigido. Estávamos em Cades­Barneia e disse ao povo: 21 ‘O Senhor Deus deu­nos esta terra. Vão e conquistem­na. Nada receiem e não duvidem!’

22 Mas eles replicaram: ‘Primeiramente, enviemos espias para descobrirem o melhor caminho para lá entrar, e para escolherem as cidades que devemos capturar primeiro.’ 23 Isto pareceu ser uma boa ideia. Por isso escolhi doze espias, um de cada tribo. 24/25 Atravessaram as colinas e vieram até ao vale de Escol, tendo regressado com amostras dos frutos da terra. Bastava vê­los para nos convencermos de que se tratava na verdade de uma óptima terra, essa que o Senhor nosso Deus nos dera!

Rebelião contra o Senhor

26/28 Mas o povo recusou ir conquistá­la, e rebelaram­se contra a ordem do Senhor. Lamentaram­se e murmuraram nas suas tendas: ‘O Senhor deve odiar­nos, trazendo­nos do Egipto até aqui para sermos assassinados por estes amorreus. Porque é que precisamos de ir para lá? Os nossos irmãos que foram observar a terra aterrorizaram­nos 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, dos descendentes de Anaquim!’

29/31 Mas disse­lhes: ‘Não estejam com medo! O Senhor Deus é o vosso chefe, e lutará por vós com o seu poder divino, tal como o viram fazer no Egipto. E vocês sabem como ele cuidou de vocês dia após dia aqui no deserto, e que foi como um pai para cada um!’ 32/33 Mas de nada serviu tudo o que eu disse. Recusaram crer no Senhor nosso Deus que os tinha conduzido momento após momento, seleccionando­lhes os melhores lugares para acamparem, guiando­os clara e seguramente por meio duma nuvem de fogo durante a noite e duma nuvem branca de dia.

34/36 O Senhor ouviu os lamentos deles e ficou muito irado. Garantiu então que nem uma só pessoa de toda aquela geração viveria tempo bastante para poder ver a boa terra que prometera aos seus antepassados, com excepção de Calebe filho de Jefoné, o qual, pelo facto de ter seguido inteiramente o Senhor, haveria de receber como sua herança pessoal uma parte da terra na qual já tinha penetrado.

37/40 Mesmo comigo o Senhor ficou também zangado, por causa de vocês, e disse­me: ‘Não entrarás na terra prometida! Será antes o teu assistente, Josué filho de Num, quem lá fará entrar o povo. Anima­o a preparar­se para tomar a liderança. A terra será dada às crianças de quem eles agora dizem ter medo que venham a morrer no deserto. Mas quanto a vocês, os mais velhos, voltem para trás, e tornem a atravessar o deserto em direcção do Mar Vermelho.’

41 Então confessaram: ‘Pecámos! Estamos agora decididos a entrar na terra e a lutar por ela, tal como o Senhor nosso Deus nos disse.’ Pegaram nas armas e pensaram que seria fácil conquistar o território.

42 Mas o Senhor ordenou­me: ‘Diz­lhes para não fazerem isso, porque não irei com eles; serão vencidos pelos seus inimigos.’ 43/46 Comuniquei­lhes esse aviso, mas não quiseram ouvir. Desobedeceram novamente às ordens do Senhor e insistiram em penetrar na terra para lutar. Os amorreus, que lá viviam, vieram ao encontro deles, perseguiram­nos como se fossem um bando de abelhas e feriram­nos; isto passou­se entre Seir e Horma. Regressaram então e choraram perante o Senhor, sem que este contudo os escutasse. Ficaram assim naquele sítio, em Cades, durante muito tempo.”