1These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.1.1 the Red…: or, Zuph 2(There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.) 3And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; 4After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei: 5On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying, 6The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: 7Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.1.7 all…: Heb. all his neighbours 8Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.1.8 set: Heb. given
9¶ And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 10The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 11(The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) 12How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 13Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.1.13 Take: Heb. Give 14And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. 15So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.1.15 made: Heb. gave 16And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. 17Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.1.17 respect…: Heb. acknowledge faces 18And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
19¶ And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. 21Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
22¶ And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. 23And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: 24And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. 25And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us. 26Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: 27And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 28Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.1.28 discouraged: Heb. melted 29Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. 30The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. 32Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, 33Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. 34And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, 35Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, 36Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.1.36 wholly…: Heb. fulfilled to go after 37Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. 38But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. 39Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. 40But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. 41Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. 42And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. 43So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.1.43 went…: Heb. ye were presumptuous, and went up 44And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. 45And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you. 46So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.
Wɔtu Firi Horeb
1Yei ne nsɛm a Mose ka kyerɛɛ Israelfoɔ nyinaa wɔ ɛserɛ no so wɔ Yordan apueeɛ. Wɔbɔɔ atenaeɛ wɔ Yordan bɔnhwa a ɛbɛn Suf, wɔ Paran, Tofel, Laban, Haserot ne Di-Sahab ntam no. 2Ɛfiri Horeb de kɔ Kades-Barnea no, ɛkwan a ɛfa bepɔ Seir no yɛ nnafua dubaako kwan.
3Israelfoɔ firii Bepɔ Sinai no, afe a ɛtɔ so aduanan no bosome dubaako no ɛda a ɛdi ɛkan no, Mose kaa nsɛm a Awurade hyɛɛ no sɛ ɔnka nkyerɛ Israelfoɔ no pɛpɛɛpɛ kyerɛɛ wɔn. 4Ɔkaa saa asɛm yi wɔ ɛberɛ a na wɔadi Amorifoɔ ɔhene Sihon a na ɔdi adeɛ wɔ Hesbon ne Basanhene Og a na ɔdi adeɛ wɔ Astarot ne Edrei so nkonim.
5Yordan agya a ɛwɔ Moab asase so na Mose firii aseɛ kyerɛkyerɛɛ mmara no mu sɛ:
6Awurade ka kyerɛɛ yɛn wɔ Horeb sɛ: “Moatena saa bepɔ yi so akyɛre dodo. 7Montutu nkɔtena Amorifoɔ nkokoɔ so; monkɔtena nnipa a wɔbemmɛn Araba mmepɔ no mu ne atɔeɛ mmepɔ ayaase nyinaa mu; monkɔ Negeb na momfa mpoano nkɔsi Kanaanfoɔ asase so ne Lebanon nkɔduru Asubɔnten Eufrate ho. 8Montie! Mede saa asase yi ama mo. Monkɔ na monkɔfa asase a Awurade hyɛɛ bɔ sɛ ɔde bɛma mo agyanom Abraham, Isak ne Yakob ne wɔn asefoɔ no.”
Akannifoɔ No Yie
9Saa ɛberɛ no, meka kyerɛɛ nnipa no sɛ, “Me nko ara merentumi nyɛ mo ho adwuma. 10Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, ama moadɔre enti ɛnnɛ yi, mo ase afɛe te sɛ ɔsoro nsoromma. 11Awurade mo agyanom Onyankopɔn mma mo nnɔre mmɔho mpempem na ɔnhyira mo sɛdeɛ wahyɛ mo bɔ no. 12Na ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na me nko mɛtumi masoa mo haw ne mo nnesoa ne mo aperedie? 13Monyi mmarima bi a wɔwɔ nyansa, nteaseɛ, na wɔwɔ edin pa mfiri abusuakuo biara mu na memfa wɔn ntuatua mo ano.”
14Mobuaa me sɛ, “Dwuma a woasusu sɛ wobɛdi no yɛ.”
15Enti, mede mo mmusuakuo mu mmarima atitire, anyansafoɔ a wɔn anim wɔ nyam no tuatuaa mo ano apem apem, ɔha ɔha, aduonum aduonum ne edu edu so mpanin ne mo mmusuakuo so sɛ ahwɛfoɔ. 16Na atemmufoɔ a wɔwɔ hɔ saa ɛberɛ no nso, mehyɛɛ wɔn sɛ, sɛ akasakasa ba anuanom ntam, sɛ asɛm no yɛ Israelni ne ne nua bi anaa Israelni ne ɔhɔhoɔ bi a, monhwɛ na mommu atɛntenenee. 17Mo atemmuo mu, mommmu ntɛnkyea. Montie ɔketewa ne ɔkɛseɛ pɛ. Monnsuro onipa biara, ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn na ɔbu atɛn. Asɛm a ɛyɛ den ma mo no, momfa mmrɛ me na menni. 18Na saa ɛberɛ no, mekaa biribiara a ɛsɛ sɛ moyɛ kyerɛɛ mo.
19Na sɛdeɛ Awurade hyɛɛ yɛn no, yɛfirii Horeb de yɛn ani kyerɛɛ Amorifoɔ bepɔ a yɛnam ɛserɛ pradada a moahunu no so kɔduruu Kades-Barnea. 20Afei, meka kyerɛɛ mo sɛ, “Moaduru Amorifoɔ bepɔman a Awurade de rema yɛn no so. 21Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, de asase no ama mo. Momforo nkɔfa sɛdeɛ Awurade, mo agyanom Onyankopɔn, ka kyerɛɛ mo no. Monnsuro: mommma obi ntu mo aba mu.”
22Ɛnna mo nyinaa baa me nkyɛn bɛkaa sɛ, “Momma yɛnsoma mmarima nni yɛn anim na wɔnkɔsra asase no mma yɛn na wɔmmɛka deɛ wɔbɛhunu nkyerɛ yɛn na ɛno na ɛbɛkyerɛ yɛn ɛkwan ne nkuro ko a yɛbɛfa so.”
23Na saa nsusuiɛ yi yɛ ma me enti meyii akwansrafoɔ dumienu a ɔbaako biara firi mo mmusuakuo dumienu no mu. 24Wɔforoo bepɔ no na wɔkɔduruu Eskol subɔnhwa mu sraa hɔ. 25Na wɔfaa asase no so aba bi de brɛɛ yɛn. Na wɔkaa sɛ, asase a Awurade yɛn Onyankopɔn de ama yɛn no yɛ asase pa.
26Nanso, na mompɛ sɛ moforo kɔ soro. Motee Awurade asɛm so atua. 27Monwiinwii wɔ mo ntomadan mu kaa sɛ, “Awurade tan yɛn enti na ɔde yɛn firi Misraim de yɛn abɛhyɛ Amorifoɔ nsam sɛ wɔnkunkum yɛn. 28Yɛrekɔ no sɛn? Yɛn akwansrafoɔ no amanneɛbɔ no abu yɛn aba mu. ‘Wɔka sɛ asase no so nnipa yɛ atentene ahoɔdenfoɔ sene yɛn. Wɔn nkuro yɛ akɛseɛ a afasuo a wɔatoto afa ho no kɔ ɔsorosoro. Na mpo, yɛhunuu Anakfoɔ mma no bi wɔ hɔ!’ ”
29Na meka kyerɛɛ mo sɛ, “Monnsuro! 30Awurade di mo anim. Ɔbɛko ama mo sɛdeɛ mohunuu no sɛ ɔyɛɛ wɔ Misraim no. 31Na mohunuu nso sɛdeɛ Awurade kɔɔ so hwɛɛ mo ntoatoasoɔ wɔ ɛserɛ so ha sɛdeɛ agya hwɛ ne ba no. Afei, ɔde mo abɛduru beaeɛ ha.”
32Nanso, deɛ ɔyɛ maa mo no nyinaa akyi no, moannye Awurade anni. 33Ɔdii mo anim pɛɛ beaeɛ pa maa mo tenaeɛ, de ogyadum kyerɛɛ mo ɛkwan anadwo de omununkum dum kyerɛɛ mo ɛkwan awia.
34Awurade tee sɛ morenwiinwii no, ne bo fuu yie na ɔkaa ntam sɛ, 35“Saa awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ bɔne yi mu, onipa baako koraa nni hɔ a ɔbɛhunu asase pa a maka ho ntam sɛ mede bɛma mo agyanom 36agye Yefune babarima Kaleb. Ɔno na ɔbɛhunu saa asase yi. Mede asase a ne nan sii so no bɛma ɔne nʼasefoɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, wadi Awurade akyi nokorɛm.”
37Me nso, ɛsiane mo enti, Awurade bo fuu me. Ɔka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, “Wo nan rensi Bɔhyɛ Asase no so da! 38Na mmom, wo ɔboafoɔ Nun babarima Yosua na ɔbɛdi ɔmanfoɔ no anim akɔ asase no so. Na sɛ ɔreboa ne ho akɔ hɔ a, hyɛ no nkuran. 39Mede asase no bɛma wo mma a wɔnnim biribiara. Wo mma a wɔnnim papa nnim bɔne no. Na mosuro sɛ wɔbɛfa wɔn nnommum, nanso wɔn na mede asase no bɛma wɔn. Wɔn na wɔbɛtena asase no so. 40Na mo deɛ, monnane mo ani nkɔ ɛserɛ so a ɛrekɔ Ɛpo Kɔkɔɔ no so hɔ.”
41Ɛnna mogye too mu sɛ “Yɛayɛ bɔne atia Awurade. Yɛbɛkɔ asase no so akɔko sɛdeɛ Awurade aka akyerɛ yɛn no.” Enti, wɔfaa wɔn akodeɛ miaeɛ. Na wɔgye di sɛ ɛhɔ sodie bɛyɛ mmerɛ ama wɔn.
42Nanso, Awurade ka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, “Ka kyerɛ wɔn sɛ, ‘Mma wɔnnkɔko, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔkɔ a merenni wɔn akyi. Wɔn atamfoɔ no bɛdi wɔn so.’ ”
43Asɛm a meka kyerɛɛ mo ni, nanso moantie. Na mmom, mosɔre tiaa Awurade ahyɛdeɛ no bio nam ahomasoɔ so kɔɔ asase no so kɔkoeɛ. 44Amorifoɔ a wɔte bepɔ no so nso sɔre baa sɛ nwowa ne mo koeɛ. Wɔtaa mo kunkumm mo firii Seir kɔduruu Horma. 45Afei, mosane baa mo akyi bɛsuu wɔ Awurade anim, nanso wantie. 46Enti, motenaa Kades nna bebree.