Deuteronomy 32

The Song of Moses

1 a  Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 b  Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
c  As the droplets on the fresh grass
And as the showers on the herb.
3 d  For I proclaim the name of the  Lord;
e  Ascribe greatness to our God!
4 f  The Rock! His work is perfect,
g  For all His ways are
Or judgment
just;
i  A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
5
Lit It has
,
k  They have acted corruptly toward Him,
They are not His children, because of their defect;
l  But are a perverse and crooked generation.
6Do you thus m  repay the  Lord,
n  O foolish and unwise people?
o  Is not He your Father who has bought you?
p  He has made you and established you.
7Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
q  Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
8 r  When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of
Or Adam
man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
t  According to the number of the sons of Israel.
9 u  “For the  Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 v  He 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 w  the pupil of His eye.
11 x  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
y  He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 z  “The  Lord alone guided him,
aa  And there was no foreign god with him.
13 ab  He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
ac  And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And ad  oil from the flinty rock,
14Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
ae  With the finest of the wheat
And of the af  blood of grapes you drank wine.

15 ag  “But
I.e. Israel
Jeshurun grew fat and kicked
You are grown fat, thick, and sleek
ai  Then he forsook God aj  who made him,
And scorned ak  the Rock of his salvation.
16 al  They made Him jealous with strange gods;
am  With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
17 an  They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
ao  To gods whom they have not known,
ap  New gods who came lately,
Whom your fathers did not dread.
18You neglected aq  the Rock who begot you,
ar  And forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 as  “The  Lord saw this, and spurned them
at  Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
20Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,
au  I will see what their end shall be;
av  For they are a perverse generation,
aw  Sons in whom is no faithfulness.
21ax  They have made Me jealous with what is not God;
They have provoked Me to anger with their
Lit vanities
,
az  idols.
ba  So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
22 bb  For a fire is kindled in My anger,
And burns to the lowest part of
I.e. the nether world
Sheol,
bd  And consumes the earth with its yield,
And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23be  I will heap misfortunes on them;
bf  I will use My arrows on them.
24bg  They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by
Lit burning heat
plague
bi  And bitter destruction;
bj  And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,
bk  With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
25bl  Outside the sword will bereave,
And inside terror
bm  Both young man and virgin,
The nursling with the man of gray hair.
26I would have said bn  I will cut them to pieces,
bo  I will remove the memory of them from men,”
27Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy,
That their adversaries would misjudge,
That they would say bp  Our hand is
Lit high
triumphant,
And the  Lord has not done all this.”’

28 br  For they are a nation
Lit perishing
lacking in counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
29 bt  Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
bu  That they would discern their
Or latter end
future!
30 bw  How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their bx  Rock had sold them,
And the  Lord had given them up?
31Indeed their rock is not like our Rock,
by  Even our enemies
Lit are judges
themselves judge this.
32For their vine is from the vine of Sodom,
And from the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of ca  poison,
Their clusters, bitter.
33Their wine is the venom of
Lit dragons
serpents,
And the
Lit cruel
deadly poison of cobras.

34cd  Is it not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up in My treasuries?
35ce  Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
cf  In due time their foot will slip;
cg  For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
36 ch  “For the  Lord will vindicate His people,
ci  And will have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their
Lit hand
strength is gone,
And there is none remaining, bond or free.
37And He will say, ‘ ck  Where are their gods,
The rock in which they sought refuge?
38cl  Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
cm  Let them rise up and help you,
Let them be your hiding place!
39cn  See now that I, I am He,
co  And there is no god besides Me;
cp  It is I who put to death and give life.
cq  I have wounded and it is I who heal,
cr  And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
40Indeed cs  I lift up My hand to heaven,
And say, as I live forever,
41 ct  If I sharpen My
Or lightning
flashing sword,
And My hand takes hold on justice,
cv  I will render vengeance on My adversaries,
And I will repay those who hate Me.
42cw  I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
cx  And My sword will devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the long-haired
Lit head
leaders of the enemy.’
43 cz  Rejoice, O nations, with His people;
da  For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
db  And will render vengeance on His adversaries,
dc  And will atone for His land and His people.”

44Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with
Lit Hoshea
,
de  Joshua the son of Nun.
45When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46he said to them, df  Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command dg  your sons to observe
Lit to do
carefully, even all the words of this law.
47For it is not an idle word for you; indeed di  it is your life. And dj  by this word you will prolong your days in the land,
Lit where
which you are about to cross the Jordan to
Lit possess it
possess.”

48 dm  The  Lord spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, 49 dn  Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab
Lit which is opposite
opposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession.
50Then die on the mountain where you ascend, and be dp  gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 dq  because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the dr  wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 ds  For you shall see the land at a distance, but dt  you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel.”
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