|Deuteronomy 32 |
1 The Song of Moses: Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD, describe you greatness to our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just; a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5 They have corrupted themselves, with a spot that his children do not have; they are a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Is this how you repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is he not your father that has bought you? Has he not made you and established you?
7 Remember the days of old, and consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; ask your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
9 For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings;
12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
14 Butter of cows, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and you drank the pure blood of the grape.
15 But Jeshurun became fat, and kicked: you have become fat, you have grown thick, you are covered with fatness; then he forsook God who made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations they provoked him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they did not know, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers did not fear.
18 You are not mindful of the Rock who created you, and you have forgotten God who formed you.
19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
20 And he said, "I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end shall be for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with what is not God [stone and wooden idols]; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities, and I will move them to jealousy with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap troubles upon them; I will spend my arrows upon them.
24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction. I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin; and also the suckling with the man of gray hairs.
26 I said, I would scatter them into the far corners; I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men.
27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD has not done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, and their clusters are bitter.
33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
35 Vengeance is mine as well as recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them, may come quickly.
36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and relent for the sake of his servants, when he sees that their power is gone, and there is none left, bond or free.
37 And he shall say, "Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
38 Which ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, "I live forever."
41 If I whet my glittering sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to my enemies, and will reward those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
43 Rejoice, O you nations, with his people for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful to his land, and to his people.
44 And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
46 And he said to them, "Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life; and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over Jordan to possess it."
48 And the LORD spoke to Moses that selfsame day, saying,
49 "Go up into this mountain Abarim, to mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel for a possession.
50 And die in the mount where you go up, and be gathered to your people; as Aaron your brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered to his people.
51 Because you trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of MeribahKadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because you did not sanctify me in the midst of the children of Israel.
52 Yet you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there to the land which I give the children of Israel.
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