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The Samaritan Torah continues its harmonisation of Exodus–Numbers with Deuteronomy by inserting Deuteronomy 1:6-8 after Num. 10:10, only as direct rather than reported speech:

The Lord said to Moses, "You have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn and journey until you come to the Amorites' hill country, and all its neighbouring places in the Aravah, in the hills, and in the valley, in the ?south, and on the seashore, to the land of the Canaanites, and to the Lebanon, as far as the Great River, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which I swore to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them." וַיְדַבֵּר ה׳ אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃ רַב־לָכֶם שֶׁבֶת בָּהָר הַזֶּה׃ פְּנוּ וּסְעוּ לָכֶם וּבֹאוּ הַר הָאֱמֹרִי וְאֶל־כָּל־שְׁכֵנָיו בָּעֲרָבָה בָהָר וּבַשְּׁפֵלָה וּבַנּגף וּבְחוֹף הַיָּם אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי וְהַלְּבָנוֹן עַד־הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר־פְּרָת׃ רְאוּ נָתַתִּי לִפְנֵיכֶם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ בֹּאוּ וּרְשׁוּ אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתִּי לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב לָתֵת לָהֶם וּלְזַרְעָם אַחֲרֵיהֶם׃

Similarly Deut 1:20-23 is inserted before Num. 13:1. The interesting thing here is that the former is the passage in Deuteronomy which attributes the desire to send spies through the land to the people, and the latter that in Leviticus which attributes it to Divine command! Evidently the Samaritan Torah is seeking to reconcile the two by turning the latter into Divine sanction on the behaviour which the people have requested and Moses already approved: the insert ends, and the original text from Leviticus with God giving orders starts, after "The matter appeared good to Moses", based on the first half of Deut. 1:23 (but not the second half, in which Moses is already putting the plan into action).

The Samaritan text also introduces the passage from Deut. 1:27-33, about the people complaining about the spies' report, to the appropriate place in the story, between Num. 13:33 and 14:1; and Deut 1:42 after Num. 14:40; and lots more passages, I can't be bothered to annotate all of them.

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