Deuteronomy 31

Joshua to Succeed Moses

1So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel. 2And he said to them, “I am a  120 years old today. I am no longer able to b  go out and come in. The  Lord has said to me, c  ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’ 3The  Lord your God d  himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, e  as the  Lord has spoken. 4And the  Lord will do to them f  as he did to Sihon g  and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. 5And the  Lord will give them over to you, and you shall do to them h  according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you. 6 i  Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them j  for it is the  Lord your God who goes with you. k  He will not leave you or forsake you.”

7Then l  Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, m  “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the  Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8It is the  Lord n  who goes before you. He will be with you; o  he will not leave you or forsake you. p  Do not fear or be dismayed.”

The Reading of the Law

9Then Moses q  wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, r  who carried the ark of the covenant of the  Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10And Moses commanded them, s  “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at t  the Feast of Booths, 11when all Israel comes u  to appear before the  Lord your God at the place that he will choose, v  you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 w  Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the  Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, 13and that their children, x  who have not known it, y  may hear and learn to fear the  Lord your God, z  as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Joshua Commissioned to Lead Israel

14And the  Lord said to Moses, aa  Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that ab  I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 15And ac  the  Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.

16And the  Lord said to Moses, ad  Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and ae  whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will af  forsake me and ag  break my covenant that I have made with them. 17Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and ah  I will forsake them and ai  hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, aj  ‘Have not these evils come upon us because ak  our God is not among us?’ 18And I will surely hide my face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because al  they have turned to other gods.

19Now therefore write am  this song and an  teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be ao  a witness for me against the people of Israel. 20For when I have brought them into the land ap  flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and aq  grown fat ar  they will turn to other gods and serve them, and as  despise me and at  break my covenant. 21And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as au  a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For av  I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give.” 22So Moses wrote this song the same day and taught it to the people of Israel.

23 aw  And the  Lord
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commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said ay  “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. az  I will be with you.”

24When Moses had finished ba  writing the words of this law in a book to the very end, 25Moses commanded bb  the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the  Lord, 26Take this Book of the Law bc  and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the  Lord your God, that it may be there for bd  a witness against you. 27For I know how rebellious and be  stubborn you are. Behold, even today while I am yet alive with you, bf  you have been rebellious against the  Lord. How much more after my death! 28Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak bg  these words in their ears and bh  call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29For I know that after my death bi  you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And bj  in the days to come bk  evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the  Lord bl  provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.”

The Song of Moses

30Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they were finished, in the ears of all the assembly of Israel:

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