New International Reader’s Version

Deuteronomy 1:1-46

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. 2It takes 11 days to go from Mount Horeb to Kadesh Barnea if you travel on the Mount Seir road.

3It 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. 4They 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.

5The people were east of the Jordan River in the territory of Moab. There Moses began to explain the law. Here is what he said.

6The Lord our God spoke to us at Mount Horeb. He said, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7Take 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. 8I 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

9At that time I spoke to you. I said, “You are too heavy a load for me to carry alone. 10The Lord your God has caused there to be many of you. Today you are as many as the stars in the sky. 11The 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. 12But I can’t handle your problems and troubles all by myself. I can’t settle your arguments. 13So 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.”

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

15So 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. 16Here 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. 17When 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.” 18At that time I told you everything you should do.

Twelve Men Check Out the Land of Canaan

19The 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. 20Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites. The Lord our God is giving it to us. 21The 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.”

22Then 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.”

23That seemed like a good idea to me. So I chose 12 of you. I picked one man from each tribe. 24They left and went up into the hill country. There they came to the Valley of Eshkol. They checked it out. 25They 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

26But you wouldn’t go up. You refused to obey the command of the Lord your God. 27You 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. 28Where 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.’ ”

29Then I said to you, “Don’t be terrified. Don’t be afraid of them. 30The 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. 31You 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.”

32In spite of that, you didn’t trust in the Lord your God. 33He 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.

34The 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. 36Only 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.”

37Because of you, the Lord became angry with me also. He said, “You will not enter the land either. 38But 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. 39You 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. 40As for you, turn around. Start out toward the desert. Go along the road that leads to the Red Sea.”

41Then 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.

42But 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.’ ”

43So 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. 44The 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. 45You 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. 46So you stayed in Kadesh for many years. You spent a long time in that area.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

5 Mose 1:1-46

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.

Wɔsoma Akwansrafoɔ

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.

Israelfoɔ Anwiinwii

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.