Deuteronomy 32 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Song of Moses

1 "Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 May my teaching trickle like the dew, my words like rain showers on tender grass, and like spring showers on new growth. 3 For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh; ascribe greatness to our God! 4 The Rock, his work [is] perfect, for all his ways [are] just; [he is] a faithful God, and {without injustice};a righteous and upright [is] he. 5 They [have] behaved corruptly towardb him; [they are] not his children; [this is] their flaw, a generation crooked and perverse. 6 [Like] this do you treat Yahweh, foolish and {unwise}c people? [Has] he not, your father, created you? He made you, and he established you. 7 Remember [the] old days, {the years long past};d ask your father, and he will inform you, your elders and they will tell you.e 8 {When the Most High apportioned}f [the] nations, at his dividing [up] of the sons of humankind, he fixed the boundaries of [the] peoples, according to the number of the children of Israel.g 9 For Yahweh's portion [was] his people, Jacob the share of his inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land, and in a howling, desert wasteland; he {encircled him},h he cared for him, he protected him like the {apple}i of his eye. 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreads out its wings, takes them,j carries themk on its pinions,l 12 [so] Yahweh alone guided him,m and {there was no foreign god accompanying him}.n 13 And he set him on the high places of [the] land, and he fed [him] the cropso of [the] field, and he nursed him with honey from crags,p and [with] oil from flinty rock, 14 [With] curdsq from [the] herd, and [with] milk from [the] flock, with [the] fat of young rams, and rams, the offspring of Bashan, and with goats [along] with the finest kernels of wheat, and [from] the blood of grapesr you drank fermented wine.s 15 And Jeshurun grew fat, and he kicked; you grew fat, you bloated, and you became obstinate; and he abandoned God, his maker, and he scoffed [at] the rock of his salvation. 16 They made him jealous with strange [gods]; with detestable things they provoked him. 17 They sacrificed to the demons, not God, [to] gods whomt they had not known, new [gods] [who]u came from recent times; {their ancestors had not known them}.v 18 [The] rock whow bore you, you neglected, and you forgot God, [the one] giving you birth. 19 Then Yahweh saw, and he spurned [them], because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters. 20 So he said, 'I will hide my face from them; I will see what [will be] their end, for they [are] a generation of perversity, {children in whom there is no faithfulness}.x 21 They annoyed me with [what is] not a god; they provoked me with their idols. So I will make them jealous with [those] not a people, with a foolish nation I will provoke them. 22 For a fire was kindledy by my anger, and it burned {up to the depths of Sheol},z and it devoured [the] earth and its produce, and it set afire the foundation of [the] mountains. 23 I will heap disasters upon them; my arrows I will spend on them. 24 [They will become] weakened by famine, and consumed by plague and bitter pestilence; and the teeth of wild animals I will send against them, with [the] poison of [the] creeping [things] in [the] dust; 25 From outside [her boundaries] the sword will make [her] childless, and from inside, terror; both [for] [the] young man [and] also the young woman, the infant [along with] the gray-headed man. 26 I thought, "I will wipe them out; {I will make people forget they ever existed}."aa 27 If I had not feared a provocation of [the] enemy, lest their foes might misunderstand, bb lest they should say, cc "Our hand is {triumphant},dd and Yahweh [did] not do all this." ' 28 For {they are a nation void of sense},ee and there is not [any] understanding in them. 29 If only they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern {for themselves their end}.ff 30 How could one chase a thousand and two could cause a myriad to flee, if their Rock had not sold them, and Yahweh had [not] given them up? 31 For the fact of the matter is, their rock [is] not like our Rock, and our enemies recognizegg [this]. 32 For their vine [is] from the vine of Sodom, and from the terraces of Gomorrah; their grapes [are] grapes of poison; {their clusters are bitter}.hh 33 Their wine [is] the poison of snakes, and [the] deadly poison of horned vipers. 34 '[Is] not this stored up with me, sealed in my treasuries?'ii 35 {Vengeance belongs to me}jj and [also] recompense, {for at the time their foot slips},kk because the day of their disaster [is] near, {and fate comes quickly for them}.'ll 36 For Yahweh will judge [on behalf of] his people, and concerning his servants; he will change his mind when he sees that [their] power has disappeared, and [there is] no one left, confinedmm or free.nn 37 And he will say, 'Where [are] their gods, [their] rock in whomoo they took refuge? 38 Who ate the fat of their sacrifices [and] drank the wine of their libations? Let them rise [up], and let them help you; {Let them be to you a refuge}.pp 39 See, now, that I, [even] I [am] he, and there is not a god besides me; I put to death and I give life; I wound and I heal; there is not [one] who delivers from my hand! 40 For [indeed] I lift up my hand to heaven, And I promise {as I live forever},qq 41 When I sharpenrr {my flashing sword},ss and my hand takes holdtt [of it] in judgment, {I will take reprisals against my foes},uu and my haters I will repay. 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh with the blood of the slain, and captivesvv from the headsww of the leaders of [the] enemy.' 43 Call for songs of joy, O nations, [concerning] his people,xx for the blood of his servants he will avenge, {and he will take reprisals against his foes},yy and he will make atonement [for] his land, his people." 44 And Moses came, and he spokezz all the words of this song in the ears of the people; [that is], he and Joshua the son of Nun. 45 {And when Moses finished speaking}52 all these words to all Israel, 46 then he said to them, "{Take to heart all the words}53 that I [am] admonishing [against] you {today}54 [concerning] which you should instruct them [with respect to] your children55 {so that they will observe diligently}56 all the words of this law, 47 for it [is] not a trifling matter among you, but it [is] your life, and through this word {you will live long in the land}57 that you [are about] to cross the Jordan [to get] there to take possession of it."

Instructions Concerning Moses’ Death

48 And Yahweh said to Moses on exactly this day, {saying},58 49 "Go up to this mountain of the Abarim [range], Mount Nebo, which [is] {opposite Jericho},59 and see the land of Canaan that I [am] giving to the {Israelites}60 as [a] possession. 50 You shall die on that mountain that you [are] about to go up there, and [you will] be gathered to your people, [just] as your brother Aaron died on {Mount Hor}61 and he was gathered to his people, 51 because [of the fact] that you broke faith with me in the midst of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, [in] the desert of Zin, because {you did not treat me as holy}62 in the midst of the {Israelites}.63 52 Yes, from afar you may view the land, but there you shall not enter there, [that is], into the land that I [am] giving to the {Israelites}."64
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