Go to Index pageDo Not Become Arrogant or Self-Sufficient; In Spite of Your Stiffneckedness, Adonai Delivered You out of Egypt and Brought You Through the Wilderness
9:1 Shema, Yisra'el: You [are] to pass over Yarden this day, to go in to yaresh (possess) goyim (nations) greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fenced up to shamayim,
9:2 A people great and tall, the benai the Anakims (long neck), whom you knows, and [of whom] you have heard [say], Who can stand before the benai Anak!
9:3 Understand therefore this day, that ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheicha [is] he which goeth over before you; [as] a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before your face: so shall you drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as ADONAI (יהוה) has said to you.
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Speak not you in l'vavcha(thine heart), after that ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheicha has cast them out from before you, saying, For my tzedakah ADONAI (יהוה) has brought me in to yaresh (possess) this eretz: but for the wickedness of these goyim (nations) ADONAI (יהוה) does drive them out from before you.
9:5 Not for your tzedakah, or for the uprightness of l'vavcha, do you go to yaresh (possess) their eretz: but for the wickedness of these goyim (nations) ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheicha does drive them out from before you, and that he may perform the word which ADONAI (יהוה) sware to your avot, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov.
9:6 Understand therefore, that ADONAI Eloheicha gives you not this good eretz to yaresh (possess) it for your tzedakah; for you are a stiffnecked people.
9:7 Zakar, [and] forget not, how you provokedst ADONAI Eloheicha to wrath in the midbar: from the day that you didst depart out of ha eretz Mitzrayim, until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against ADONAI (יהוה).
9:8 Also in Horev you provoked ADONAI (יהוה) to wrath, so that ADONAI (יהוה) was angry with you to have destroyed you.
9:9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, [even] the tables of the Brit which ADONAI (יהוה) made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat lechem nor drink mayim:
9:10 And ADONAI (יהוה) delivered to me shnei luchot avanim (two tables of stone) written with the finger of Elohim (אלהים); and on them [was written] according to all the devarim, which ADONAI (יהוה) spoke with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
9:11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, [that] ADONAI (יהוה) gave me the shnei luchot avanim (two tables of stone), [even] the tables of the Brit.
9:12 And ADONAI (יהוה) said to me:
"Arise, get you down quickly from hence; for your people which you have brought forth out of Mitzrayim have corrupted [themselves]; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image."
9:13 Furthermore ADONAI (יהוה) spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, and, hinnei, it [is] a stiffnecked people:
9:14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under shamayim: and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.
9:15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the Brit [were] in my two hands.
9:16 And I looked, and, hinnei, you had sinned against ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheinu, [and] had made you a molten calf: you had turned aside quickly out of the way which ADONAI (יהוה) had commanded you.
9:17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.
9:18 And I fell down before ADONAI (יהוה), as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat lechem, nor drink mayim, because of all your sins which you sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of ADONAI (יהוה), to provoke him to anger.
9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith ADONAI (יהוה) was wroth against you to destroy you. But ADONAI (יהוה) listened to me at that time also.
9:20 And ADONAI (יהוה) was very angry with Aharon to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aharon also the same time.
9:21 And I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, [and] ground [it] very small, [even] until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.
9:22 And at Taverah, and at Massah, and at Kivrot Hatavah, you provoked ADONAI (יהוה) to wrath.
9:23 Likewise when ADONAI (יהוה) sent you from Kardesh Barnea, saying, Go up and yaresh (possess) ha eretz which I have given you; then you rebelled against the commandment of ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheinu, and you believed him not, nor listened to his voice.
9:24 You have been rebellious against ADONAI (יהוה) from the day that I knew you.
9:25 Thus I fell down before ADONAI (יהוה) forty days and forty nights, as I fell down [at the first]; because ADONAI (יהוה) had said he would destroy you.
9:26 I prayed therefore to ADONAI (יהוה), and said, O Adon ADONAI, destroy not your people and your inheritance, which you have redeemed through your greatness, which you have brought forth out of Mitzrayim with a yad chazaka (mighty hand).
9:27 Zakar your Avadim, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov; look not to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:
9:28 Lest ha eretz whence you brought us out say, Because ADONAI (יהוה) was not able to bring them into ha eretz which he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to slay them in the midbar.
9:29 Yet they [are] your people and your inheritance, which you brought out by modecha (your might) power and by your stretched out arm.
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