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 Deuteronomy 32
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The Song of Moses

1 "Give R985 ear, O heavens, and let me speak;

And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

2 "Let R986 my teaching drop as the rain,

My speech distill as the dew,

As R987 the droplets on the fresh grass

And as the showers on the herb.

3 "For R988 I proclaim the name of the LORD;

Ascribe R989 greatness to our God!

4 "The R990 Rock! His work is perfect,

For R991 all His ways are just; F510

A R992 God of faithfulness and without injustice,

Righteous and upright is He.

5 "They R993 F511 have acted corruptly toward Him,

They are not His children, because of their defect;

But R994 are a perverse and crooked generation.

6 "Do you thus repay R995 the LORD,

O R996 foolish and unwise people?

Is R997 not He your Father who has bought you?

He R998 has made you and established you.

7 "Remember the days of old,

Consider the years of all generations.

Ask R999 your father, and he will inform you,

Your elders, and they will tell you.

8 "When R1000 the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,

When He separated the sons of man, F512

He set the boundaries of the peoples

According R1001 to the number of the sons of Israel.

9 "For R1002 the LORD'S portion is His people;

Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.

10 "He R1003 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 the R1004 pupil of His eye.

11 "Like R1005 an eagle that stirs up its nest,

That hovers over its young,

He R1006 spread His wings and caught them,

He carried them on His pinions.

12 "The R1007 LORD alone guided him,

And R1008 there was no foreign god with him.

13 "He R1009 made him ride on the high places of the earth,

And he ate the produce of the field;

And R1010 He made him suck honey from the rock,

And oil R1011 from the flinty rock,

14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,

With fat of lambs,

And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,

With R1012 the finest of the wheat--

And of the blood R1013 of grapes you drank wine.

15 "But R1014 Jeshurun F513 grew fat and kicked--

You are grown fat, thick, and sleek--

Then R1015 he forsook God who R1016 made him,

And scorned the R1017 Rock of his salvation.

16 "They R1018 made Him jealous with strange gods;

With R1019 abominations they provoked Him to anger.

17 "They R1020 sacrificed to demons who were not God,

To R1021 gods whom they have not known,

New R1022 gods who came lately,

Whom your fathers did not dread.

18 "You neglected the R1023 Rock who begot you,

And R1024 forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 "The R1025 LORD saw this, and spurned them

Because R1026 of the provocation of His sons and daughters.

20 "Then He said, `I will hide My face from them,

I R1027 will see what their end shall be;

For R1028 they are a perverse generation,

Sons R1029 in whom is no faithfulness.

21 `They R1030 have made Me jealous with what is not God;

They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. R1031 F514

So R1032 I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;

I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,

22 For R1033 a fire is kindled in My anger,

And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, F515

And R1034 consumes the earth with its yield,

And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 `I R1035 will heap misfortunes on them;

I R1036 will use My arrows on them.

24 `They R1037 will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague F516

And R1038 bitter destruction;

And R1039 the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,

With R1040 the venom of crawling things of the dust.

25 `Outside R1041 the sword will bereave,

And inside terror--

Both R1042 young man and virgin,

The nursling with the man of gray hair.

26 `I would have said, "I R1043 will cut them to pieces,

I R1044 will remove the memory of them from men,"

27 Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy,

That their adversaries would misjudge,

That they would say, "Our R1045 hand is triumphant, F517

And the LORD has not done all this."'

28 "For R1046 they are a nation lacking F518 in counsel,

And there is no understanding in them.

29 "Would R1047 that they were wise, that they understood this,

That R1048 they would discern their future! F519

30 "How R1049 could one chase a thousand,

And two put ten thousand to flight,

Unless their Rock R1050 had sold them,

And the LORD had given them up?

31 "Indeed their rock is not like our Rock,

Even R1051 our enemies themselves F520 judge this.

32 "For their vine is from the vine of Sodom,

And from the fields of Gomorrah;

Their grapes are grapes of poison, R1052

Their clusters, bitter.

33 "Their wine is the venom of serpents, F521

And the deadly F522 poison of cobras.

34 `Is R1053 it not laid up in store with Me,

Sealed up in My treasuries?

35 `Vengeance R1054 is Mine, and retribution,

In R1055 due time their foot will slip;

For R1056 the day of their calamity is near,

And the impending things are hastening upon them.'

36 "For R1057 the LORD will vindicate His people,

And R1058 will have compassion on His servants,

When He sees that their strength F523 is gone,

And there is none remaining, bond or free.

37 "And He will say, `Where R1059 are their gods,

The rock in which they sought refuge?

38 `Who R1060 ate the fat of their sacrifices,

And drank the wine of their drink offering?

Let R1061 them rise up and help you,

Let them be your hiding place!

39 `See R1062 now that I, I am He,

And R1063 there is no god besides Me;

It R1064 is I who put to death and give life.

I R1065 have wounded and it is I who heal,

And R1066 there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

40 `Indeed, I R1067 lift up My hand to heaven,

And say, as I live forever,

41 If R1068 I sharpen My flashing F524 sword,

And My hand takes hold on justice,

I R1069 will render vengeance on My adversaries,

And I will repay those who hate Me.

42 `I R1070 will make My arrows drunk with blood,

And R1071 My sword will devour flesh,

With the blood of the slain and the captives,

From the long-haired leaders F525 of the enemy.'

43 "Rejoice, R1072 O nations, with His people;

For R1073 He will avenge the blood of His servants,

And R1074 will render vengeance on His adversaries,

And R1075 will atone for His land and His people."

44 Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with Joshua R1076 F526 the son of Nun. 45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, "Take R1077 to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your R1078 sons to observe carefully, F527 even all the words of this law. 47 "For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it R1079 is your life. And by R1080 this word you will prolong your days in the land, which F528 you are about to cross the Jordan to possess." F529

48 The R1081 LORD spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, 49 "Go R1082 up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab opposite F530 Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession. 50 "Then die on the mountain where you ascend, and be gathered R1083 to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 because R1084 you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness R1085 of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 "For R1086 you shall see the land at a distance, but you R1087 shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel."

F510: Or judgment
F511: Lit It has
F512: Or Adam
F513: I.e. Israel
F514: Lit vanities
F515: I.e. the nether world
F516: Lit burning heat
F517: Lit high
F518: Lit perishing
F519: Or latter end
F520: Lit are judges
F521: Lit dragons
F522: Lit cruel
F523: Lit hand
F524: Or lightning
F525: Lit head
F526: Lit Hoshea
F527: Lit to do
F528: Lit where
F529: Lit possess it
F530: Lit which is opposite

R985: Deuteronomy 4:26; Psalms 50:4; Isaiah 1:2; Jeremiah 6:19
R986: Isaiah 55:10,11
R987: Psalms 72:6
R988: Exodus 33:19; 34:5,6
R989: Deuteronomy 3:24; 5:24
R990: Deuteronomy 32:15,18,30; 2 Samuel 22:31
R991: Genesis 18:25; Daniel 4:37
R992: Deuteronomy 7:9
R993: Deuteronomy 4:25; 31:29
R994: Matthew 17:17
R995: Psalms 116:12
R996: Deuteronomy 32:28
R997: Deuteronomy 1:31; Psalms 74:2; Isaiah 63:16
R998: Deuteronomy 32:15
R999: Exodus 12:26; Psalms 78:5-8
R1000: Acts 17:26
R1001: Numbers 23:9; Deuteronomy 33:28
R1002: 1 Samuel 10:1; 1 Kings 8:51,53; Jeremiah 10:16
R1003: Deuteronomy 1:19
R1004: Psalms 17:8; Proverbs 7:2; Zechariah 2:8
R1005: Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 33:12
R1006: Psalms 18:10-18
R1007: Deuteronomy 4:35,39
R1008: Deuteronomy 32:39; Isaiah 43:12
R1009: Isaiah 58:14
R1010: Deuteronomy 8:8; Psalms 81:16
R1011: Job 1:29:6
R1012: Psalms 81:16; 147:14
R1013: Genesis 49:11
R1014: Deuteronomy 31:20
R1015: Judges 10:6
R1016: Deuteronomy 32:6
R1017: Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 89:26
R1018: Psalms 78:58
R1019: Psalms 106:29
R1020: Leviticus 17:7; 1 Corinthians 10:20
R1021: Deuteronomy 28:64
R1022: Judges 5:8
R1023: Deuteronomy 32:4
R1024: Psalms 106:21
R1025: Leviticus 26:30; Psalms 106:40
R1026: Jeremiah 44:21-23
R1027: Deuteronomy 31:29
R1028: Deuteronomy 32:5
R1029: Deuteronomy 9:23
R1030: Deuteronomy 32:16; 1 Corinthians 10:22
R1031: Deuteronomy 32:17; 1 Kings 16:13,26
R1032: Romans 10:19
R1033: Numbers 16:33-35; Psalms 18:7,8; Lamentations 4:11
R1034: Leviticus 26:20
R1035: Deuteronomy 29:21
R1036: Psalms 18:14; 45:5
R1037: Deuteronomy 28:22,48
R1038: Psalms 91:6
R1039: Leviticus 26:22
R1040: Amos 5:18,19
R1041: Lamentations 1:20; Ezekiel 7:15
R1042: 2 Chronicles 36:17; Lamentations 2:21
R1043: Deuteronomy 4:27; 28:64
R1044: Deuteronomy 9:14
R1045: Numbers 15:30
R1046: Deuteronomy 32:6
R1047: Deuteronomy 5:29
R1048: Deuteronomy 31:29
R1049: Leviticus 26:7,8
R1050: Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 44:12
R1051: Exodus 14:25
R1052: Deuteronomy 29:18
R1053: Job 1:14:17; Jeremiah 44:21
R1054: Psalms 94:1; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30
R1055: Jeremiah 23:12
R1056: Ezekiel 7:5-10
R1057: Psalms 135:14; Hebrews 10:30
R1058: Leviticus 26:43-45; Deuteronomy 30:1-3
R1059: Judges 10:14; Jeremiah 2:28
R1060: Numbers 25:1,2
R1061: Jeremiah 11:12
R1062: Isaiah 41:4; 43:10
R1063: Deuteronomy 32:12; Isaiah 45:5
R1064: 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalms 68:20
R1065: Psalms 51:8
R1066: Psalms 50:22
R1067: Ezekiel 20:5,6; 21:4,5
R1068: Isaiah 34:6-8
R1069: Jeremiah 50:28-32
R1070: Deuteronomy 32:23
R1071: Jeremiah 12:12; 46:10,14
R1072: Romans 15:10
R1073: 2 Kings 9:7; Revelation 6:10; 19:2
R1074: Isaiah 1:24,25
R1075: Psalms 65:3; 79:9; 85:1
R1076: Numbers 13:8,16
R1077: Ezekiel 40:4; 44:5
R1078: Deuteronomy 4:9
R1079: Deuteronomy 8:3; 30:20
R1080: Deuteronomy 4:40; 33:25
R1081: Numbers 27:12
R1082: Numbers 27:12-14; Deuteronomy 3:27
R1083: Genesis 25:8
R1084: Numbers 20:12
R1085: Numbers 27:14
R1086: Deuteronomy 34:1-3
R1087: Deuteronomy 1:37; 3:27


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