NLTNew Living Translation
29“But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid of them! 30The lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. 31And you saw how the lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’
32“But even after all he did, you refused to trust the lord your God, 33who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.
34“When the lord heard your complaining, he became very angry. So he solemnly swore, 35‘Not one of you from this wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, 36except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the lord completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the very land he explored during his scouting mission.’
37“And the lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land! 38Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him, for he will lead Israel as they take possession of it. 39I will give the land to your little ones—your innocent children. You were afraid they would be captured, but they will be the ones who occupy it. 40As for you, turn around now and go on back through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.# Hebrew sea of reeds.’
41“Then you confessed, ‘We have sinned against the lord! We will go into the land and fight for it, as the lord our God has commanded us.’ So your men strapped on their weapons, thinking it would be easy to attack the hill country.
42“But the lord told me to tell you, ‘Do not attack, for I am not with you. If you go ahead on your own, you will be crushed by your enemies.’
43“This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the lord’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight. 44But the Amorites who lived there came out against you like a swarm of bees. They chased and battered you all the way from Seir to Hormah. 45Then you returned and wept before the lord, but he refused to listen. 46So you stayed there at Kadesh for a long time.
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