The Stipulations of the Covenant
5:1 to 26:19
The Israelites were encamped on the edge of the Promised Land for about three months. It had probably been over seven months since they began their final approach to the Land. The events that occurred during that seven month time may have proceeded as follows: the peaceful passing through Edom, Mo’av, and Ammon; the conquest of Sihon and Og; the beginning of settling into the inheritance by the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half-tribe of Manassah, while the rest of the tribes set up camp across the Jordan River from Jericho; Moshe’s completion of the stipulations of the covenant, which constitute the heart of the book, the presentation of it to the people; Moses’ death; the mourning of God’s people for him; and the preparation of God’s people for entrance into Canaan.