Not Because of Righteousness

Deuteronomy 9

1 "Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, 2 "a people great and tall, the a descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?' 3 "Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who b goes over before you as a c consuming fire. d He will destroy them and bring them down before you; e so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said to you.

4 f "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is g because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you. 5 h "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may 1 fulfill the i word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

6 "Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a j stiff-necked 2 people. 7 "Remember! Do not forget how you k provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. l From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD. 8 "Also m in Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry enough with you to have destroyed you. 9 n "When I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and o forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water. 10 p "Then the LORD delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire q in 3 the day of the assembly. 11 "And it came to pass, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant. 12 "Then the LORD said to me, r 'Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have s quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image.'

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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