Deuteronomy 31

Moses’ Last Counsel

So Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am a a hundred and twenty years old today; b I am no longer able to come and go, and the  Lord has said to me, ‘ c You shall not cross this Jordan.’ d “It is the  Lord your God who will cross ahead of you; He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. e Joshua is the one who will cross ahead of you, just as the  Lord has spoken. “The  Lord will do to them just as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when He destroyed them. f “The  Lord will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you. g Be strong and courageous h do not be afraid or tremble at them, for i the  Lord your God is the one who goes with you. j He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel k Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the  Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. l “The  Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. m He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi n who carried the ark of the covenant of the  Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of o the year of remission of debts, at the p Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes q to appear before the  Lord your God at r the place which He will choose s you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and
Lit your alien
the alien who is in your
Lit gates
town, so that they may hear and v learn and fear the  Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.
13 Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the  Lord your God, as long as you live on the land
Lit where
which you are about to cross the Jordan to
Lit possess it
possess.”

Israel Will Fall Away

14 Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Behold,
Lit your days to die are
,
z the time for you to die is near; call Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” aa So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.
15  ab The  Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood at the doorway of the tent. 16 The  Lord said to Moses, “Behold, ac you are about to lie down with your fathers; and ad this people will arise and play the harlot with the strange gods of the land, into the midst of which they are going, and ae will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17  af Then My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and ag I will forsake them and ah hide My face from them, and they will be consumed, and many evils and troubles will come upon them; so that they will say in that day, ‘ ai Is it not because our God is not among us that these evils have come upon us?’ 18 But I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they will do, for they will turn to other gods.

19 Now therefore, aj write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it
Lit in their mouths
on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel.
20  al For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and am become
Lit fat
prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant.
21 Then it shall come about, ao when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify before them as a witness (for it shall not be forgotten from the
Lit mouth of its seed
lips of their descendants); for aq I know their intent which they are
Lit making
developing today, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.”
22  as So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the sons of Israel.

Joshua Is Commissioned

23  at Then He commissioned Joshua the son of Nun, and said au Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the sons of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and av I will be with you.”

24 It came about, when Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites aw who carried the ark of the covenant of the  Lord, saying, 26 Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the  Lord your God, that it may
Lit be
remain there as a witness against you.
27 For I know ay your rebellion and az your
Lit stiff neck
stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the  Lord; how much more, then, after my death?
28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and bb call the heavens and the earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will bc act corruptly and turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, for you will do that which is evil in the sight of the  Lord, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands.”

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