1 “Hear,I O Israel!II You are about to crossIII
the JordanIV today,V to go inVI
and dispossessVII nationsVIII largerIX and mightierX than you,
greatXI cities,XII fortifiedXIII to the heavens,XIV
2 a strongXV and tallXVI people,XVII the offspringXVIII of the Anakim,XIX
whom you know.XX You have heard it said, ‘Who can stand upXXI toXXII the Anakim?’XXIII
3 Know, then, today that the LordXXIV your GodXXV is the one who crosses over beforeXXVI you as a devouringXXVII fire;XXVIII he will defeatXXIX them and subdueXXX them
beforeXXXI you, so that you may dispossess and destroyXXXII them quickly,XXXIII as the Lord has promisedXXXIV you.
4 “When the Lord your God thrusts them outXXXV beforeXXXVI you, do not sayXXXVII to yourself,XXXVIII, XXXIX
‘It is because of my righteousnessXL that the Lord has brought me inXLI to occupyXLII this land’;XLIII
it is rather because of the wickednessXLIV of these nations that the Lord is dispossessing them beforeXLV you. 5 It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightnessXLVI of your heart that you are going in to occupy their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is dispossessing them beforeXLVII you,
in order to fulfillXLVIII the promiseXLIX that the Lord made on oathL to your ancestors,LI
to Abraham,LII to Isaac,LIII and to Jacob.LIV
6 “Know, then, that the Lord your God is not givingLV you this goodLVI land to occupy because of your righteousness, for you are a stubbornLVII people.
7 Remember;LVIII do not forgetLIX how you provoked the Lord your God to wrathLX in the wilderness;LXI you have beenLXII rebelliousLXIII against the Lord
from the dayLXIV you came outLXV of the land of EgyptLXVI until you cameLXVII to this place.LXVIII
8 “Even at HorebLXIX you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angryLXX with you that he was ready to destroyLXXI you. 9 When I went upLXXII the mountainLXXIII to receiveLXXIV
the stoneLXXV tablets,LXXVI the tablets of the covenantLXXVII that the Lord madeLXXVIII with you,
I remainedLXXIX on the mountain fortyLXXX days and forty nights;LXXXI
I neither ateLXXXII breadLXXXIII nor drankLXXXIV water.LXXXV
10 And the Lord gave me the twoLXXXVI stone tablets writtenLXXXVII with the fingerLXXXVIII of God; on them were allLXXXIX the wordsXC that the Lord had spoken to you at the mountain out ofXCI the fire on the day of the assembly.XCII
11 XCIIIAt the endXCIV of forty days and forty nights the Lord gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant. 12 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up;XCV go downXCVI quickly from here, for your people whom you have broughtXCVII from Egypt have acted corruptly.XCVIII
They have been quick to turnXCIX from the wayC that I commandedCI them; they have castCII an imageCIII for themselves.’
13 Furthermore, the Lord said to me,CIV ‘I have seenCV that this people is indeedCVI a stubborn people. 14 Let me aloneCVII that I may destroyCVIII them
and blot outCIX their nameCX from underCXI heaven, and I will makeCXII of you a nation mightier and more numerousCXIII than they.’
15 “So I turnedCXIV and went down from the mountain, while the mountain was ablaze;CXV the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.CXVI 16 Then I saw that you had indeed sinnedCXVII against the Lord your God, by castingCXVIII for yourselves an image; you had been quick to turnCXIX from the way that the Lord had commanded you.
17 So I took holdCXX of the two tablets and flungCXXI them from my two hands, smashingCXXII them before your eyes.CXXIII
18 Then I layCXXIV prostrate beforeCXXV the Lord as before,CXXVI forty days and forty nights;
I neither ate bread nor drank water because of all the sinCXXVII you had committed,CXXVIII provokingCXXIX the Lord
by doingCXXX what was evilCXXXI in his sight.CXXXII
19 For I was afraidCXXXIII thatCXXXIV the angerCXXXV that the Lord bore against you wasCXXXVI so fierceCXXXVII that he would destroyCXXXVIII you.
But the Lord listenedCXXXIX to me that timeCXL also.CXLI 20 The Lord was soCXLII angryCXLIII with AaronCXLIV
that he was ready to destroyCXLV him, but I intercededCXLVI also on behalf ofCXLVII Aaron at that same time.CXLVIII
21 Then I tookCXLIX the sinful thingCL you had made,CLI the calf,CLII and burnedCLIII it with fire and crushedCLIV it,
grindingCLV it thoroughly,CLVI until it was reducedCLVII to dust,CLVIII and I threwCLIX the dust into the streamCLX that runs downCLXI the mountain.
22 “At TaberahCLXII also, and at Massah,CLXIII and at Kibroth-hattaavah,CLXIV youCLXV provoked the Lord to wrath.CLXVI
23 And when the Lord sentCLXVII you from Kadesh-barnea,CLXVIII saying, ‘Go up and occupy the land that I have given you,’ you rebelled againstCLXIX the commandCLXX of the Lord your God,
neither trustingCLXXI him nor obeyingCLXXII him.CLXXIII 24 You have been rebellious against the Lord as long asCLXXIV he has known you.
25 “Throughout the forty days and forty nights that I lay prostrate beforeCLXXV the LordCLXXVI when the Lord intendedCLXXVII to destroyCLXXVIII you,
26 I prayedCLXXIX to the Lord and said, ‘LordCLXXX God,CLXXXI do not destroyCLXXXII your people, your very own possession,CLXXXIII
whom you redeemedCLXXXIV in your greatness,CLXXXV whom you broughtCLXXXVI out of Egypt with a mightyCLXXXVII hand.
27 Remember your servants,CLXXXVIII Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; pay no attentionCLXXXIX to the stubbornnessCXC of this people, their wickednessCXCI and their sin,
28 lestCXCII the land from which you have broughtCXCIII us say, “Because the LordCXCIV was notCXCV ableCXCVI
to bringCXCVII them into the land that he promised them and because he hatedCXCVIII them, he has brought them outCXCIX to let them dieCC in the wilderness.”
29 For they are your people, your very own possession, whom you brought outCCI by your great powerCCII and by your outstretchedCCIII arm.’CCIV
Image credit: “Leviticus: The Law” by Baruj Salinas, 2014.