Deuteronomy 9:1-29, NLT
Victory by God’s Grace
1“Listen, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky!
4“After the Lord your God has done this for you, don’t say in your hearts, ‘The Lord has given us this land because we are such good people!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is pushing them out of your way.
Remembering the Gold Calf
7“Remember and never forget how angry you made the Lord your God out in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until now, you have been constantly rebelling against him.
11“At the end of the forty days and nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.
13“The Lord also said to me, ‘I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are.
15“So while the mountain was blazing with fire I turned and came down, holding in my hands the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant.
18“Then, as before, I threw myself down before the Lord for forty days and nights. I ate no bread and drank no water because of the great sin you had committed by doing what the Lord hated, provoking him to anger.
22“You also made the Lord angry at Taberah,*9:22a Taberah means “place of burning.” See Num 11:1-3. Massah,*9:22b Massah means “place of testing.” See Exod 17:1-7. and Kibroth-hattaavah.*9:22c Kibroth-hattaavah means “graves of gluttony.” See Num 11:31-34.
25“That is why I threw myself down before the Lord for forty days and nights—for the Lord said he would destroy you.