Therefore write down this songa for yourselves and teach it to the Israelites; have them recite it,b so that this song may be a witness for Me against the Israelites.
When I bring them into the land I swore to [give] their fathers, [a land] flowing with milk and honey, they will eat their fill and prosper.c They will turn to other gods and worship them, despising Me and breaking My covenant.
And when many troubles and afflictions come to them, this song will testify against them, becaused their descendants will not have forgotten it. For I know what they are prone to do,e even before I bring them into the land I swore [to give them]."
So Moses wrote down this song on that day and taught it to the Israelites.
The Lord commissioned Joshua son of Nun, "Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I swore to them, and I will be with you."f
When Moses had finished writing down on a scroll every single wordg of this law,
he commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the Lord's covenant,
"Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, so that it may remain there as a witness against you.
For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you are rebelling against the Lord now, while I am still alive, how much more [will you rebel] after I am dead!
Assemble all your tribal elders and officers before me, so that I may speak these words directly to them and call heaven and earth as witnesses against them.h29
For I know that after my death you will become completely corrupt and turn from the path I have commanded you. Disaster will come to you in the future, because you will do what is evil in the Lord's sight, infuriating Him with what your hands have made."i