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Deuteronomy 32 (New American Standard)

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The Song of Moses

1 "1Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 "2Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, 3As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb. 3 "4For I proclaim the name of the LORD; 5Ascribe greatness to our God! 4 "6The Rock! His work is perfect, 7For all His ways are ajust; 8A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. 5 "b9They have acted corruptly toward Him, They are not His children, because of their defect; 10But are a perverse and crooked generation. 6 "Do you thus 11repay the LORD, 12O foolish and unwise people? 13Is not He your Father who has bought you? 14He has made you and established you. 7 "Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. 15Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you. 8 "16When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, When He separated the sons of cman, He set the boundaries of the peoples 17According to the number of the sons of Israel. 9 "18For the LORD'S portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. 10 "19He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as 20the pupil of His eye. 11 "21Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, 22He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. 12 "23The LORD alone guided him, 24And there was no foreign god with him. 13 "25He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he ate the produce of the field; 26And He made him suck honey from the rock, And 27oil from the flinty rock, 14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock, With fat of lambs, And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, 28With the finest of the wheat - And of the 29blood of grapes you drank wine. 15 "30But dJeshurun grew fat and kicked - You are grown fat, thick, and sleek - 31Then he forsook God 32who made him, And scorned 33the Rock of his salvation. 16 "34They made Him jealous with strange gods; 35With abominations they provoked Him to anger. 17 "36They sacrificed to demons who were not God, 37To gods whom they have not known, 38New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread. 18 "You neglected 39the Rock who begot you, 40And forgot the God who gave you birth. 19 "41The LORD saw this, and spurned them 42Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. 20 "Then He said, 'I will hide My face from them, 43I will see what their end shall be; 44For they are a perverse generation, 45Sons in whom is no faithfulness. 21 '46They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their e47idols. 48So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation, 22 49For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of fSheol, 50And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23 '51I will heap misfortunes on them; 52I will use My arrows on them. 24 '53They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by gplague 54And bitter destruction; 55And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them, 56With the venom of crawling things of the dust. 25 '57Outside the sword will bereave, And inside terror - 58Both young man and virgin, The nursling with the man of gray hair. 26 'I would have said, "59I will cut them to pieces, 60I will remove the memory of them from men," 27 Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy, That their adversaries would misjudge, That they would say, "61Our hand is htriumphant, And the LORD has not done all this."' 28 "62For they are a nation ilacking in counsel, And there is no understanding in them. 29 "63Would that they were wise, that they understood this, 64That they would discern their jfuture! 30 "65How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their 66Rock had sold them, And the LORD had given them up? 31 "Indeed their rock is not like our Rock, 67Even our enemies kthemselves judge this. 32 "For their vine is from the vine of Sodom, And from the fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of 68poison, Their clusters, bitter. 33 "Their wine is the venom of lserpents, And the mdeadly poison of cobras. 34 '69Is it not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up in My treasuries? 35 '70Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, 71In due time their foot will slip; 72For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.' 36 "73For the LORD will vindicate His people, 74And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their nstrength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free. 37 "And He will say, '75Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge? 38 '76Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink offering? 77Let them rise up and help you, Let them be your hiding place! 39 '78See now that I, I am He, 79And there is no god besides Me; 80It is I who put to death and give life. 81I have wounded and it is I who heal, 82And there is no one who can deliver from My hand. 40 'Indeed, 83I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever, 41 84If I sharpen My oflashing sword, And My hand takes hold on justice, 85I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me. 42 '86I will make My arrows drunk with blood, 87And My sword will devour flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the long-haired pleaders of the enemy.' 43 "88Rejoice, O nations, with His people; 89For He will avenge the blood of His servants, 90And will render vengeance on His adversaries, 91And will atone for His land and His people." 44 Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with q92Joshua the son of Nun. 45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, "93Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command 94your sons to observe rcarefully, even all the words of this law. 47 "For it is not an idle word for you; indeed 95it is your life. And 96by this word you will prolong your days in the land, swhich you are about to cross the Jordan to tpossess." 48 97The LORD spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, 49 "98Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab uopposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession. 50 "Then die on the mountain where you ascend, and be 99gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 100because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh , in the 101wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 "102For you shall see the land at a distance , but 103you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel."
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