28 “For they are a nation void of counsel,
    and there is (A)no understanding in them.
29 (B)If they were wise, they would understand this;
    they would (C)discern their latter end!
30 How could (D)one have chased a thousand,
    and two have put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock (E)had sold them,
    and the Lord had given them up?
31 For (F)their rock is not as our Rock;
    (G)our enemies are by themselves.
32 For their vine (H)comes from the vine of Sodom
    and from the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of (I)poison;
    their clusters are bitter;
33 their wine is the poison of (J)serpents
    and the cruel venom of asps.

34 “‘Is not this laid up in store with me,
    (K)sealed up in my treasuries?
35 (L)Vengeance is mine, and recompense,[a]
    (M)for the time when their foot shall slip;
for (N)the day of their calamity is at hand,
    and their doom comes swiftly.’
36 For (O)the Lord will vindicate[b] his people
    (P)and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
    and there is none remaining, (Q)bond or free.
37 Then he will say, (R)‘Where are their gods,
    (S)the rock in which they took refuge,
38 who ate the fat of their sacrifices
    and drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you;
    let them be your protection!

39 “‘See now that (T)I, even I, am he,
    and there is no god beside me;
(U)I kill and I make alive;
    (V)I wound and I heal;
    and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For (W)I lift up my hand to heaven
    and swear, As I live forever,
41 if I (X)sharpen my flashing sword[c]
    and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
    and will repay those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
    and (Y)my sword shall devour flesh—
with the blood of the slain and the captives,
    from the (Z)long-haired heads of the enemy.’

43 (AA)“Rejoice with him, O heavens;[d]
    bow down to him, all gods,[e]
for he (AB)avenges the blood of his children[f]
    and takes vengeance on his adversaries.
He repays those who hate him[g]
    and cleanses[h] his people's land.”[i]

44 Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and (AC)Joshua[j] the son of Nun. 45 And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, (AD)“Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, (AE)that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no empty word for you, (AF)but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Moses' Death Foretold

48 That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, 49 “Go up (AG)this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. 50 And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as (AH)Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 (AI)because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. 52 For (AJ)you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”

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  1. Deuteronomy 32:35 Septuagint and I will repay
  2. Deuteronomy 32:36 Septuagint judge
  3. Deuteronomy 32:41 Hebrew the lightning of my sword
  4. Deuteronomy 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text Rejoice his people, O nations
  5. Deuteronomy 32:43 Masoretic Text lacks bow down to him, all gods
  6. Deuteronomy 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text servants
  7. Deuteronomy 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks He repays those who hate him
  8. Deuteronomy 32:43 Or atones for
  9. Deuteronomy 32:43 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew his land his people
  10. Deuteronomy 32:44 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew Hoshea

You Must Be Ready

35 (A)“Stay dressed for action[a] and (B)keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are (C)waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and (D)knocks. 37 (E)Blessed are those servants[b] whom the master finds (F)awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, (G)he will dress himself for service and (H)have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 (I)But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour (J)the thief was coming, he[c] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be (K)ready, for (L)the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41 Peter said, “Lord, (M)are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is (N)the faithful and (O)wise (P)manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 (Q)Blessed is that servant[d] whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, (R)he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master (S)is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and (T)get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come (U)on a day when he does not expect him and (V)at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 (W)And that servant who (X)knew his master's will but (Y)did not get ready (Z)or act according to his will, will receive a (AA)severe beating. 48 (AB)But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, (AC)will receive a light beating. (AD)Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Not Peace, but Division

49 (AE)“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 (AF)I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how (AG)great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 (AH)Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? (AI)No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, (AJ)father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Interpreting the Time

54 He also said to the crowds, (AK)“When you see (AL)a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And (AM)when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be (AN)scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! (AO)You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Settle with Your Accuser

57 “And why (AP)do you not judge (AQ)for yourselves what is right? 58 (AR)As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59 I tell you, (AS)you will never get out until you have paid the very last (AT)penny.”[e]

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  1. Luke 12:35 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11
  2. Luke 12:37 Or bondservants
  3. Luke 12:39 Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake and
  4. Luke 12:43 Or bondservant; also verses 45, 46, 47
  5. Luke 12:59 Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

56 Yet they (A)tested and (B)rebelled against the Most High God
    and did not keep his testimonies,
57 but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
    they twisted like (C)a deceitful bow.
58 For they (D)provoked him to anger with their (E)high places;
    they (F)moved him to jealousy with their (G)idols.
59 When God heard, he was full of (H)wrath,
    and he utterly rejected Israel.
60 He (I)forsook his dwelling at (J)Shiloh,
    the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
61 and delivered his (K)power to captivity,
    his (L)glory to the hand of the foe.
62 He (M)gave his people over to the sword
    and (N)vented his wrath on his heritage.
63 (O)Fire devoured their young men,
    and their young women had no (P)marriage song.
64 Their (Q)priests fell by the sword,
    and their (R)widows made no lamentation.

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24 (A)The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be (B)put to forced labor.

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