The Penalty for Israel’s Rebellion
34 “And the Lord heard the sound of your words, and was angry, kand took an oath, saying, 35 l‘Surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I 1swore to give to your fathers, 36 mexcept Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because nhe 2wholly followed the Lord.’ 37 oThe Lord was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, ‘Even you shall not go in there. 38 pJoshua the son of Nun, qwho stands before you, he shall go in there. rEncourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
39 s‘Moreover your little ones and your children, who tyou say will be victims, who today uhave no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. 40 vBut as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.’
41 “Then you answered and said to me, w‘We have sinned against the Lord; we will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God commanded us.’ And when everyone of you had girded on his weapons of war, you were ready to go up into the mountain.
42 “And the Lord said to me, ‘Tell them, x“Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies.” ’ 43 So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but yrebelled against the command of the Lord, and zpresumptuously 3went up into the mountain. 44 And the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you aas bees do, and drove you back from Seir to Hormah. 45 Then you returned and wept before the Lord, but the Lord would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.
46 b“So you remained in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you spent there.
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