1 Now these are the words Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the desert, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.†
2 It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.
3 Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to the sons of Israel according to all the Lord gave him as commandments to them,†
4 after he killed Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt at Ashtaroth in Edrei.
5 Beyond the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,†
6 “The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying, ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.
7 Turn and take your journey and go to the mountain of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the Arabah, in the mountains and in the plain, to the south and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites, and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates.
8 Behold, I am delivering the land in your presence; go in and inherit the land I swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give it to them and their seed after them.’
9 “So I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I alone am not able to bear you.
10 The Lord your God multiplied you, and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude.
11 May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you, just as He said.
12 How can I alone bear your labors, your burdens, and your lawsuits?
13 Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them leaders over you.’†
14 “Then you answered me and said, ‘The thing you told us to do is good.’
15 So I took from you wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men and made them leaders over you: leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens; judges to interpret the law for you.
16 “Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the resident alien with him.†
17 You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall judge the small and the great; you shall not shrink before any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s. The case too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.’
18 So I commanded you at that time all the words you should do.
Spies Sent Out
19 “So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and fearful desert you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorite, as the Lord our God commanded us. Then we came to Kadesh Barnea.
20 Then I said to you, ‘You have come to the mountains of the Amorite, which the Lord our God is giving us.
21 Behold, the Lord your God is delivering the land to you in your presence; go up and take it as an inheritance, in the manner the Lord God of your fathers spoke to you; do not fear or be afraid.’
22 Then every one of you came near me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, and let them spy out the land for us and report back to us the way we should go up in it, and the cities into which we should come.’
23 “The plan pleased me well; so I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe.
24 Then they departed and went up into the mountain, and came to the Valley of Eshcol, and surveyed it.
25 They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and said, ‘The land the Lord our God gives us is good.’
26 “Nevertheless you would not go up, but disobeyed the word of the Lord your God;†
27 and you murmured in your tents, and said, ‘Because the Lord hates us, He brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us.
28 Where can we go up? Our brethren caused our heart to revolt, saying, “The people are great and tall and stronger than we; and the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover, we saw the sons of giants there.” ’
29 “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified or afraid of them.†
30 The Lord your God, who goes before your face, He will fight them with you in all things, as He did for you in Egypt
31 and in this desert, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way you went until you came to this place.’
32 Yet, in all this matter, you did not believe the Lord your God,
33 who went in the way before you to choose a place for you, leading you with the fire by night and the cloud by day and showing you the road, that you might travel it.
Israel’s Rebellion Is Punished
34 “So the Lord heard the sound of your words and was provoked to wrath, and took an oath, saying,
35 ‘Not one of these men shall see this good land I swore to give their fathers
36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he will see it, and to him and his sons I give the land on which he walked, because he is attached to the things of the Lord.’
37 The Lord was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, ‘Even you shall not enter there.
38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he will enter there. Encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.
39 Thus every young child who today has no knowledge of good or evil, they will enter there; to them I will give it, and they will have it as an inheritance.
40 But as for you, turn and camp in the desert road towards the Red Sea.’
41 “Then you answered and said to me, ‘We sinned before the Lord our God; we will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God commanded us.’ So when every one of you girded on his weapons of war and assembled together, you went up into the mountain.†
42 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Tell them, “Do not go up or fight, for I am not with you; lest you be crushed before your enemies.” ’
43 So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but transgressed the word of the Lord and presumptuously went up into the mountain.
44 Then the Amorite who dwelt in that mountain came out against you, and chased you as bees do, and wounded you from Seir to Hormah.
45 Then you sat down and wept before the Lord, but the Lord would not listen to your voice nor pay attention to you.
46 So you encamped in Kadesh many days, according to the days you spent there.
1 For the End; concerning the winepresses; a psalm for Asaph. †
2 Rejoice in God our helper; Rejoice greatly in the living God.
3 Take up a psalm and sound a timbrel, a pleasant psaltery with a harp;
4 Sound a trumpet in the new moon On this honorable day of our feast;
5 For this is an ordinance for Israel And a judgment by the God of Jacob.
6 He made it a testimony in Joseph When he went out from the land of Egypt; He heard a tongue he knew not;
7 He removed his back from forced labors; His hands served in the basket.
8 You called upon Me in affliction, and I delivered you; I heard you in the secret place of the storm; I tested you at the water of Rebellion. (Pause)
9 Listen, O My people, for I testify to you; Listen, O Israel, if you hear Me:
10 There shall be no new god among you, Nor shall you worship an alien god;
11 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.
12 But My people did not hear My voice, And Israel would pay no attention to Me.
13 And I sent them away because of the desires in their hearts; They shall walk in their ways of living.
14 If My people had heard Me, If Israel had walked in My ways,
15 I would have humbled their enemies quickly; And I would have laid My hand on those oppressing them.
16 The Lord’s enemies lied to Him, And their time shall be forever.
17 He fed them with the finest of wheat And satisfied them with honey from the rock.
Proverbs of Solomon 17
6 The crown of old men is children of children, And the boasting of children is their fathers.
7 The entire world of goods belongs to the faithful, But to the faithless, not even a penny.
8 Faithful lips will not adapt to a man without discernment, Nor lying lips to a righteous man.
9 Instruction awards benefits to those using it, And wherever it turns, it prospers them.†
10 He who hides wrongdoings seeks love, But he who hates to cover them will separate friends and close relatives.
The Twelve Sent Out
1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.†
2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,†
8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
9 Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.
Feeding the Five Thousand
10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.†
12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.”†
14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.†
17 So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.