Celebrate, nations, join the praise of his people. He avenges the deaths of his servants, Pays back his enemies with vengeance, and cleanses his land for his people.
Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua son of Nun.
When Moses had finished saying all these words to all Israel,
he said, "Take to heart all these words to which I give witness today and urgently command your children to put them into practice, every single word of this Revelation.
Yes. This is no small matter for you; it's your life. In keeping this word you'll have a good and long life in this land that you're crossing the Jordan to possess."
That same day God spoke to Moses:
"Climb the Abarim Mountains to Mount Nebo in the land of Moab, overlooking Jericho, and view the land of Canaan that I'm giving the People of Israel to have and hold.
Die on the mountain that you climb and join your people in the ground, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and joined his people.
"This is because you broke faith with me in the company of the People of Israel at the Waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin - you didn't honor my Holy Presence in the company of the People of Israel.
You'll look at the land spread out before you but you won't enter it, this land that I am giving to the People of Israel."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)