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Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai[a] to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month,[b] Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.

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  1. 1:2 Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 1:6, 19.
  2. 1:3 Hebrew In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month. This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in January or February.