Deuteronomy 32
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The Song of Moses

1Hear, heavens, and I will speak!

Listen, earth, to the words of my mouth!

2May my instructions descend like rain

and may my words flow like dew,

as light rain upon the grass,

and as showers upon new plants.

3For I’ll proclaim the name of our LORD.

Ascribe greatness to our God!

4Flawless is the work of the Rock,

because all his ways are just.

A faithful God—never unjust—

righteous and upright is he.

5But those who are not his children

acted corruptly against him;

they are a defective and perverted generation.

6This is not the way to repay the LORD, is it,

you foolish and witless people?

Is he not your father,

who bought you, formed you, and established you?

An Exhortation to Remember God’s Work

7Remember the days of old,

reflect on the years of previous generations.

Ask your father,

and he’ll tell you;

your elders will inform you.

8When the Most High gave nations as their inheritance,

when he separated the human race,

he set boundaries for the people

according to the number of the children of God.a

9For the LORD’s portion is his people;

Jacob is his allotted portion.

The LORD’s Work on Behalf of Israel

10The LORDb found himc in a desert land,

in a barren, eeried wilderness.

He surrounded, cared for, and guarded him

as the pupil of his eye.

11Like an eagle stirs its nest,

hovering near its young,

spreading out his wings to take him

and carry him on his pinions,

12the LORD alone guided him.

There was no foreign god with him.

13He mounted him on a high place above the earth,

feeding him from the produce of the field.

He nourishede him with honey from the rock

and with oil from the flint rock,

14with curds from cattle and with milk from sheep,

with the fat of lambs, with rams from Bashan,

with the fat of goats, with the finestf of wheat—

and from the juice of grapes you drank wine.

Israel’s Rebellion

15Jacob dined until satisfied;g

Jeshurunh grew fat and kicked.

Hei grew fat, coarse, and gross,

so that he abandoned the God who made him

and spurned the Rock that was his salvation.

16They provoked him to jealousy over foreigners

and to anger over detestable things.

17They sacrificed to demons—

not to the real God—

gods whom they didn’t know,

new neighbors who had recently appeared,

whom your ancestors never feared.

18Youj neglected the Rock that fathered you;

you abandoned God, who was awaiting your birth.k

The LORD’s Response

19The LORD saw it and became jealous,l

provoked by his sons and daughters.

20So he said:

“Let me hide my face from them.

I will observe what their end will be,

because they are a perverted generation,

children within whom there is no loyalty.

21They provoked me to jealousy over non-gods,

and to be angry over their vanity.

Now I’ll provoke them to jealousy over a non-people;

and over a foolish nation I’ll provoke them to anger.

22For a fire breaks out in my anger—

burning to the deepest part ofm the afterlife,n

consuming the earth and its produce

and igniting the foundations of the mountains.

23I’ll bury them in misfortunes

and bring them to an end with my arrows.

24Emaciated from famine,

feverish from plague,

and destroyed by bitterness,

I’ll send fanged beasts against them,

along with poisonous snakes that glide through the dust.

25Outside, the sword will cause bereavement;

within,o there will be terror

for the young man and virgin alike,

also for the nursing infant and the aged man.”p

26“I said,

‘I will scatter them,q

erasing their memory from the human race,r

27if it weren’t for dreading the taunting of their enemies—

otherwise, their adversary might misinterpret and say,

“Our power is great.

It isn’t the LORD who made all of this happen.”’”

Moses Warns Israel

28They are a nation devoid of purpose

and without insight.

29O, that they were wise to understand this

and consider their future!s

30How can one persont chase a thousand of them

and two put a myriadu to flight,

unless their Rock delivers them

and the LORD gives them up?

31For their rock isn’t like our Rock,

as evenv our enemies admit.w

32Instead,x their vine is from the vines of Sodom

and the vineyards of Gomorrah.

Their grapes are poisonous,

their clusters bitter.

33Their wine is the venom of serpents,

a poisonous cobra.

The LORD’s Response

34“Is this not kept in reserve,

sealed up with me in my treasury?

35To me belong vengeance and recompense.

In due time their feet will slip,

because their time of calamity is near

and the things prepared for them draw near.

36For the LORD will vindicate his people

and bring comfort to his servants,

because he will observe that their powery has waned,

when neither prisonerz nor free person remain.

37“He will say, ‘Where are their gods,

the rock in which they took refuge?

38Who ate the fat of their offerings

and drank the wine that was their drink offering?

Let them rise and help you

and be your hiding place!’

39“Look now! I AM,aa

and there is no other god besides me.

I myself cause death

and I sustain life;

I wound severely

and I also heal;

from my powerbb no one can deliver.

40“I solemnly swearcc to heaven—

I say ‘As certainly as I’m alive and living forever,

41I’ll whet my shining sword,

with my hands in firm grasp of judgment.

I’ll show vengeance on my adversary

and repay those who keep on hating me.

42I’ll make my arrows drunk with blood.

My sword will devour flesh,

along with the blood of the slain,

and I’ll take their enemy leaders captive.’

43“Sing for joy, nations!

Sing for joy,dd people who belong to him!

For he’ll avenge the blood of his servants,

turn on his adversary,

and cleanse both his land and his people.”

Moses’ Final Counsel

44So Moses and Nun’s son Joshua came and recited all the words of this song while the people were assembled. 45When Moses had finished addressing all of these words to all Israel, 46he told them, “Take to heart my entire testimony against you today. Command your children to observe carefully every word of this Law, 47because they’re not just empty words for you—they are your very life. Through these instructions you will live long in the land that you are about to cross over the Jordan River to possess.”

Moses Forbidden to Enter Canaan

48Later that day, the LORD told Moses, 49“Ascend this Abarim mountain rangeee toward Mount Nebo in the land of Moab across from Jericho, and look out over the land of Canaan that I’m about to give to the Israelis as a possession. 50You will die on the mountain that you are about to ascend and be taken to be with your ancestors, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was taken to be with his ancestors. 51Both of you acted unfaithfully against me among the Israelis at Meribah-kadesh in the desert of Zin, when you failed to uphold my holiness among the Israelis. 52You’ll see the land from a distance, but you won’t be able to enter the land that I am about to give to the Israelis.”

a 32:8 So with LXX and DSS 4QDeut. MT reads the Israelis
b 32:10 Lit. He
c 32:10 i.e. Jacob as a personification of national Israel; and so throughout the song
d 32:10 Lit. howling
e 32:13 Or nursed
f 32:14 Lit. kernel
g 32:15 So DSS Q Sam and LXX; the Heb. lacks Jacob dined until satisfied
h 32:15 i.e. a poetic term for national Israel; the Heb. name means Upright One
i 32:15 Lit. You
j 32:18 i.e. the nation of Israel personified in the second person sing. pronoun, and so throughout the verse
k 32:18 Or who was giving birth to you
l 32:19 So DSS, LXX. MT reads and was repulsed
m 32:22 The Heb. lacks part of
n 32:22 Lit. Sheol
o 32:25 Lit. within the room
p 32:25 Lit. and a man of gray hair
q 32:26 Or will break them to pieces
r 32:26 Lit. from among men
s 32:29 Lit. end
t 32:30 The Heb. lacks person
u 32:30 Or put countless ones;Lit. put ten thousand
v 32:31 Lit. and
w 32:31 Or concede
x 32:32 Lit. Because
y 32:36 Lit. hand
z 32:36 Or slave
aa 32:39 So LXX; MT reads I, I myself, am he
bb 32:39 Lit. hand
cc 32:40 Lit. raise my hand
dd 32:43 The Heb. lacks Sing for joy
ee 32:49 The Heb. lacks range

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