These be the wordes whiche Moyses spake vnto all Israel on the other side Iordan in the wyldernesse, in ye playne ouer agaynst the red sea, betweene Pharan & Thophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Disahab.
There are eleuen dayes iourney from Horeb, by the way of mount Seir, vnto Cades Barnea.
And it came to passe in the first day of the eleuenth moneth, in the fourtie yere, that Moyses spake vnto the chyldren of Israel, accordyng vnto all that the Lord had geuen hym in commaundement vnto them:
After he had slayne Sehon the king of the Amorites whiche dwelt in Hesbon, & Og king of Basan whiche dwelt at Astaroth in Edrai.
On the other side Iordane in the land of Moab, began Moyses to declare this lawe, saying:
The Lorde our God spake vnto vs in Horeb, saying: Ye haue dwelt long inough in this mount.
Turne you and take your iourney, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and vnto all the places nye therevnto, both vnto the playne, and hilles, and dales, to the south, to the seas side, to the lande of Chanaan, and vnto Libanon, euen vnto the great riuer, the riuer Euphrates.
Beholde, I haue set the lande before you: Go in and possesse the land which the Lord sware vnto your fathers, Abraham, Isahac, and Iacob, to geue vnto them, & to their seede after them.
And I spake vnto you in the same time, saying: I am not able to beare you my selfe alone.
For the Lorde your God hath multiplied you: so that you be this day as the starres of heauen in number.
(The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many mo as ye are, and blesse you as he hath promised you.)
Howe can I my selfe alone, beare your cumbraunce, your charge, & your stryfe that is among you?
Bryng you men of wysdome, and of vnderstanding, and expert, accordyng to your tribes, and I wyll make them rulers ouer you.
And ye aunswered me, & sayde: That which yu hast spoken, is good for vs to do.
And so out of your tribes I toke the chiefe men of wysdome, and that were expert, and made them rulers ouer you, captaynes ouer thousandes, & captaines ouer hundredes, captaines ouer fiftie, and captaines ouer ten, and officers among your tribes.
And I charged your Iudges that same tyme, saying: Heare the cause of your brethren, and iudge righteously betweene euery man and his brother, and the straunger that is with hym.
Ye shall haue no respect of any person in iudgement, but you shall heare the small aswell as the great: You shall not feare the face of any man, for the iudgement is Gods.
And the cause that is to harde for you, referre it vnto me, and I wyll heare it.
And I comaunded you the same season, all the thinges which ye should do.
And when we departed from Horeb, we went thorow all that great and terrible wyldernesse, as ye haue seene by the way of the mountayne of the Amorites, as the Lorde our God commaunded vs: and we came to Cades Barnea.
And I sayd vnto you: Ye are come vnto ye mountaine of ye Amorites, which the Lorde our God doth geue vnto vs.
Beholde, the Lorde thy God hath set the lande before thee: go vp and possesse it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath sayd vnto thee: feare not, neither be discouraged.
And ye came vnto me euery one, and sayde: we wyll sende men before vs, to searche vs out the land, and to bryng vs worde agayne what way we must go vp by, & vnto what cities we shall come.
And the saying pleased me well: and I toke twelue men of you, of euery tribe one.
Whiche departed, & went vp into that mountayne, and came vnto the valley Eschol, and searched it out,
And toke of the lande in their handes, and brought it vnto vs, and brought vs word agayne, and sayd: It is a good lande whiche the Lorde our God doth geue vs.
Notwithstandyng, ye woulde not go vp, but were disobedient vnto the word of the Lorde your God,
And murmured in your tentes, and said: Because ye Lord hateth vs, therfore hath he brought vs out of the lande of Egypt, to deliuer vs into the hande of the Amorites, and to destroy vs.
Whyther shal we go vp?
Our brethren haue discouraged our heart, saying: the people is greater and taller then we, the cities are great, and walled euen vp to heauen, and moreouer we haue seene the sonnes of the Anakims there.
Then I sayde vnto you: Dreade not, nor be afraide of them.
The Lorde your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, accordyng to all that he dyd vnto you in Egypt before your eyes:
And in the wyldernesse, where thou hast seene howe that the Lord thy God bare thee, euen as a man doth beare his sonne, in al the way which ye haue gone by, vntill ye came vnto this place:
And yet in this thing ye did not beleue the Lorde your God.
He went in the way before you, to searche you out a place to pitche your tentes in, in fyre by nyght, yt ye myght see what way to go, & in a cloude by day.
And the Lorde hearde the voyce of your wordes, & was wroth, and sware, saying:
There shall not one of these men, and of this frowarde generation, see that good lande whiche I sware to geue vnto your fathers:
Saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune, he shall see it, and to him wyll I geue the lande that he hath troden vpon, and to his chyldren, because he hath folowed the Lorde.
Also the Lorde was angry with me for your sakes, saying: Thou also shalt not go in thyther.
But Iosuah the sonne of Nun which standeth before thee, he shal go in thyther.
Encourage hym therfore: for he shall cause Israel to inherite the lande.
Moreouer, your chyldren, which ye sayde should be a pray, and your sonnes whiche in that day had no knowledge betweene good and euyll, they shall go in thyther, and vnto them wyll I geue it, and they shall enioy it.
But as for you, turne your face, and take your iourney into the wildernesse, euen by the way of the red sea.
Then ye aunswered and sayde vnto me, We haue sinned agaynst the Lord: we wyll go vp and fight, according to all that the Lorde our God commaunded vs.
And when ye had gyrde on euery man his weapons of warre, ye were redie to go vp into the hyll.
And the Lord sayd vnto me: Say vnto them, go not vp, neither fight, for I am not among you: lest ye fall before your enemies.
And I tolde you these thynges, & you woulde not heare, but disobayed the worde of the Lord, and went presumptuously vp into the hyll.
And the Amorites whiche dwelt in that mountayne, came out against you, and chased you as bees vse to do, and destroyed you in Seir, euen vnto Horma.
And ye came agayne, and wept before the Lorde: but the Lorde would not heare your voyce, nor hearken vnto you.
And so ye abode in Cades a long season, according vnto the tyme that ye remayned [before.] That whiche was done from the tyme they departed from Cades Barnea, vnto the battayle agaynst the kynges, Sehon and Og.