Not Because of Righteousness
"Hear, O Israel: you are v to cross over the Jordan today, to go in to dispossess nations w greater and mightier than yourselves, cities great and fortified up to heaven,
a people great and tall, x the sons of the Anakim, y whom you know, and of whom you have heard it said, 'Who can stand before the sons of Anak?'
Know therefore today that he who z goes over before you a as a consuming fire is the Lord your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. b So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the Lord has promised you.
c "Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, 'It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,' whereas it is d because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you.
e Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm f the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
"Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are g a stubborn people.
Remember and do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. h From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.
Even i at Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you.
j When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the Lord made with you, I remained on the mountain k forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
And l the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words that the Lord had spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire m on the day of the assembly.
And at the end of forty days and forty nights the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.
Then the Lord said to me, n 'Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought from Egypt have acted corruptly. They have o turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them; they have made themselves a metal image.'
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it.
But when you go over the Jordan and live in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and when he gives you rest from all your enemies around, so that you live in safety.
"Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, 'Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.'"
Driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
They went up into the Negeb and came to Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. ( Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there."
The Lord your God himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the Lord has spoken.
Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.
For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them.
Exodus 23:29 - 31
I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you.
Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.
For whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
Leviticus 18:24 - 25
Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean.
And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them.
That they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.
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And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!
They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image.
The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.
Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
1 Kings 19:8
And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Luke 4:1 - 2
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
How on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.
And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the Lord gave them to me.
Just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.
Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
Exodus 32:7 - 8
And the Lord said to Moses, "Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.
For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.
Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.