These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan; in the wilderness, in the Arabah, over against Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.
It is eleven days journey from Horeb unto Kadesh-barnea by the way of Mount Seir.
And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
after he had smitten Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ashtaroth, at Edrei;
beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, took Moses upon him to expound this law, saying:
The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying: ‘Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain;
turn you, and take your journey, and go to the hill-country of the Amorites and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the Arabah, in the hill-country, and in the Lowland, and in the South, and by the sea-shore; the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.
Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.’
And I spoke unto you at that time, saying: ‘I am not able to bear you myself alone;
the LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.—
The LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as He hath promised you!—
How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
Get you, from each one of your tribes, wise men, and understanding, and full of knowledge, and I will make them heads over you.’
And ye answered me, and said: ‘The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.’