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Deuteronomy 32 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

32 Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;
    hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching fall like rain
    and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
    like abundant rain on tender plants.

I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
    upright and just is he.

They are corrupt and not his children;
    to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.
Is this the way you repay the Lord,
    you foolish and unwise people?
Is he not your Father, your Creator,[a]
    who made you and formed you?

Remember the days of old;
    consider the generations long past.
Ask your father and he will tell you,
    your elders, and they will explain to you.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
    when he divided all mankind,
he set up boundaries for the peoples
    according to the number of the sons of Israel.[b]
For the Lord’s portion is his people,
    Jacob his allotted inheritance.

10 In a desert land he found him,
    in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
    he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest
    and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
    and carries them on its pinions.
12 The Lord alone led him;
    no foreign god was with him.

13 He made him ride on the heights of the land
    and fed him with the fruit of the fields.
He nourished him with honey from the rock,
    and with oil from the flinty crag,
14 with curds and milk from herd and flock
    and with fattened lambs and goats,
with choice rams of Bashan
    and the finest grains of wheat.
You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

15 Jeshurun[c] grew fat and kicked;
    filled with food, they became heavy and sleek.
They abandoned the God who made them
    and rejected the Rock their Saviour.
16 They made him jealous with their foreign gods
    and angered him with their detestable idols.
17 They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God –
    gods they had not known,
    gods that recently appeared,
    gods your ancestors did not fear.
18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
    you forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this and rejected them
    because he was angered by his sons and daughters.
20 ‘I will hide my face from them,’ he said,
    ‘and see what their end will be;
for they are a perverse generation,
    children who are unfaithful.
21 They made me jealous by what is no god
    and angered me with their worthless idols.
I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
    I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,
    one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.
It will devour the earth and its harvests
    and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 ‘I will heap calamities on them
    and expend my arrows against them.
24 I will send wasting famine against them,
    consuming pestilence and deadly plague;
I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,
    the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
25 In the street the sword will make them childless;
    in their homes terror will reign.
The young men and young women will perish,
    the infants and those with grey hair.
26 I said I would scatter them
    and erase their name from human memory,
27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
    lest the adversary misunderstand
and say, “Our hand has triumphed;
    the Lord has not done all this.”’

28 They are a nation without sense,
    there is no discernment in them.
29 If only they were wise and would understand this
    and discern what their end will be!
30 How could one man chase a thousand,
    or two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
    unless the Lord had given them up?
31 For their rock is not like our Rock,
    as even our enemies concede.
32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
    and from the fields of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison,
    and their clusters with bitterness.
33 Their wine is the venom of serpents,
    the deadly poison of cobras.

34 ‘Have I not kept this in reserve
    and sealed it in my vaults?
35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
    In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
    and their doom rushes upon them.’

36 The Lord will vindicate his people
    and relent concerning his servants
when he sees their strength is gone
    and no one is left, slave or free.[d]
37 He will say: ‘Now where are their gods,
    the rock they took refuge in,
38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices
    and drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let them rise up to help you!
    Let them give you shelter!

39 ‘See now that I myself am he!
    There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
    I have wounded and I will heal,
    and no one can deliver out of my hand.
40 I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear:
    as surely as I live for ever,
41 when I sharpen my flashing sword
    and my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
    and repay those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
    while my sword devours flesh:
the blood of the slain and the captives,
    the heads of the enemy leaders.’

43 Rejoice, you nations, with his people,[e][f]
    for he will avenge the blood of his servants;
he will take vengeance on his enemies
    and make atonement for his land and people.

44 Moses came with Joshua[g] son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you – they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.’

Moses to die on Mount Nebo

48 On that same day the Lord told Moses, 49 ‘Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, opposite Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.’

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 32:6 Or Father, who bought you
  2. Deuteronomy 32:8 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) sons of God
  3. Deuteronomy 32:15 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.
  4. Deuteronomy 32:36 Or and they are without a ruler or leader
  5. Deuteronomy 32:43 Or Make his people rejoice, you nations
  6. Deuteronomy 32:43 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) people, / and let all the angels worship him, /
  7. Deuteronomy 32:44 Hebrew Hoshea, a variant of Joshua
New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

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Deuteronomy 32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Song of Moses

32 Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As the droplets on the fresh grass
And as the showers on the herb.
For I proclaim the name of the Lord;
Ascribe greatness to our God!
The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are [a]just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
[b]They have acted corruptly toward Him,
They are not His children, because of their defect;
But are a perverse and crooked generation.
“Do you thus repay the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is not He your Father who has bought you?
He has made you and established you.
“Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of [c]man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 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 the pupil of His eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil 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 the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.

15 But [d]Jeshurun grew fat and kicked—
You are grown fat, thick, and sleek—
Then he forsook God who made him,
And scorned the Rock of his salvation.
16 They made Him jealous with strange gods;
With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
To gods whom they have not known,
New gods who came lately,
Whom your fathers did not dread.
18 “You neglected the Rock who begot you,
And forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this, and spurned them
Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
20 “Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end shall be;
For they are a perverse generation,
Sons in whom is no faithfulness.
21 They have made Me jealous with what is not God;
They have provoked Me to anger with their [e]idols.
So I will make them jealous 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 burns to the lowest part of [f]Sheol,
And consumes the earth with its yield,
And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 I will heap misfortunes on them;
I will use My arrows on them.
24 They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by [g]plague
And bitter destruction;
And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,
With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
25 Outside the sword will bereave,
And inside terror—
Both young man and virgin,
The nursling with the man of gray hair.
26 ‘I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces,
I 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 hand is [h]triumphant,
And the Lord has not done all this.”’

28 For they are a nation [i]lacking in counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
29 Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would discern their [j]future!
30 How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the Lord had given them up?
31 “Indeed their rock is not like our Rock,
Even our enemies [k]themselves judge this.
32 “For their vine is from the vine of Sodom,
And from the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of poison,
Their clusters, bitter.
33 “Their wine is the venom of [l]serpents,
And the [m]deadly poison of cobras.

34 Is it not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up in My treasuries?
35 Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip;
For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
36 For the Lord will vindicate His people,
And will have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their [n]strength is gone,
And there is none remaining, bond or free.
37 “And He will say, ‘Where are their gods,
The rock in which they sought 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 hiding place!
39 See now that I, I am He,
And there is no god besides Me;
It is I who put to death and give life.
I have wounded and it is I who heal,
And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
40 ‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven,
And say, as I live forever,
41 If I sharpen My [o]flashing sword,
And My hand takes hold on justice,
I will render vengeance on My adversaries,
And I will repay those who hate Me.
42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword will devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the long-haired [p]leaders of the enemy.’
43 Rejoice, O nations, with His people;
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And will render vengeance on His adversaries,
And 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 [q]Joshua the son of Nun. 45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe [r]carefully, even all the words of this law. 47 For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, [s]which you are about to cross the Jordan to [t]possess.”

48 The Lord spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, 49 Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab [u]opposite 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 to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 For you shall see the land at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel.”

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 32:4 Or judgment
  2. Deuteronomy 32:5 Lit It has
  3. Deuteronomy 32:8 Or Adam
  4. Deuteronomy 32:15 I.e. Israel
  5. Deuteronomy 32:21 Lit vanities
  6. Deuteronomy 32:22 I.e. the nether world
  7. Deuteronomy 32:24 Lit burning heat
  8. Deuteronomy 32:27 Lit high
  9. Deuteronomy 32:28 Lit perishing
  10. Deuteronomy 32:29 Or latter end
  11. Deuteronomy 32:31 Lit are judges
  12. Deuteronomy 32:33 Lit dragons
  13. Deuteronomy 32:33 Lit cruel
  14. Deuteronomy 32:36 Lit hand
  15. Deuteronomy 32:41 Or lightning
  16. Deuteronomy 32:42 Lit head
  17. Deuteronomy 32:44 Lit Hoshea
  18. Deuteronomy 32:46 Lit to do
  19. Deuteronomy 32:47 Lit where
  20. Deuteronomy 32:47 Lit possess it
  21. Deuteronomy 32:49 Lit which is opposite
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Deuteronomy 32 New Century Version (NCV)

32 Hear, heavens, and I will speak.
Listen, earth, to what I say.
My teaching will drop like rain;
    my words will fall like dew.
They will be like showers on the grass;
    they will pour down like rain on young plants.
I will announce the name of the Lord.
    Praise God because he is great!
He is like a rock; what he does is perfect,
    and he is always fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong,
    who is right and fair.

They have done evil against him.
    To their shame they are no longer his children;
    they are an evil and lying people.
This is not the way to repay the Lord,
    you foolish and unwise people.
He is your Father and Maker,
    who made you and formed you.

Remember the old days.
    Think of the years already passed.
Ask your father and he will tell you;
    ask your elders and they will inform you.
God Most High gave the nations their lands,
    dividing up the human race.
He set up borders for the people
    and even numbered the Israelites.
The Lord took his people as his share,
    the people of Jacob as his very own.

10 He found them in a desert,
    a windy, empty land.
He surrounded them and brought them up,
    guarding them as those he loved very much.
11 He was like an eagle building its nest
    that flutters over its young.
It spreads its wings to catch them
    and carries them on its feathers.
12 The Lord alone led them,
    and there was no foreign god helping him.

13 The Lord brought them to the heights of the land
    and fed them the fruit of the fields.
He gave them honey from the rocks,
    bringing oil from the solid rock.
14 There were milk curds from the cows and milk from the flock;
    there were fat sheep and goats.
There were sheep and goats from Bashan
    and the best of the wheat.
You drank the juice of grapes.

15 Israel grew fat and kicked;
    they were fat and full and firm.
They left the God who made them
    and rejected the Rock who saved them.
16 They made God jealous with foreign gods
    and angry with hateful idols.
17 They made sacrifices to demons, not God,
    to gods they had never known,
    new gods from nearby,
    gods your ancestors did not fear.
18 You left God who is the Rock, your Father,
    and you forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this and rejected them;
    his sons and daughters had made him angry.
20 He said, “I will turn away from them
    and see what will happen to them.
They are evil people,
    unfaithful children.
21 They used things that are not gods to make me jealous
    and worthless idols to make me angry.
So I will use those who are not a nation to make them jealous;
    I will use a nation that does not understand to make them angry.
22 My anger has started a fire
    that burns down to the place of the dead.
It will burn up the ground and its crops,
    and it will set fire to the base of the mountains.

23 “I will pile troubles upon them
    and shoot my arrows at them.
24 They will be starved and sick,
    destroyed by terrible diseases.
I will send them vicious animals
    and gliding, poisonous snakes.
25 In the streets the sword will kill;
    in their homes there will be terror.
Young men and women will die,
    and so will babies and gray-haired men.
26 I will scatter them as I said,
    and no one will remember them.
27 But I didn’t want their enemy to brag;
    their enemy might misunderstand
and say, ‘We have won!
    The Lord has done none of this.’”

28 Israel has no sense;
    they do not understand.
29 I wish they were wise and understood this;
    I wish they could see what will happen to them.
30 One person cannot chase a thousand people,
    and two people cannot fight ten thousand
unless their Rock has sold them,
    unless the Lord has given them up.
31 The rock of these people is not like our Rock;
    our enemies agree to that.
32 Their vine comes from Sodom,
    and their fields are like Gomorrah.
Their grapes are full of poison;
    their bunches of grapes are bitter.
33 Their wine is like snake poison,
    like the deadly poison of cobras.

34 “I have been saving this,
    and I have it locked in my storehouses.
35 I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them.
    Soon their foot will slip,
because their day of trouble is near,
    and their punishment will come quickly.”

36 The Lord will defend his people
    and have mercy on his servants.
He will see that their strength is gone,
    that nobody is left, slaves or free.
37 Then he will say, “Where are their gods?
    Where is the rock they trusted?
38 Who ate the fat from their sacrifices,
    and who drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let those gods come to help you!
    Let them protect you!

39 “Now you will see that I am the one God!
    There is no god but me.
I send life and death;
    I can hurt, and I can heal.
    No one can escape from me.
40 I raise my hand toward heaven and make this promise:
    As surely as I live forever,
41 I will sharpen my flashing sword,
    and I will take it in my hand to judge.
I will punish my enemies
    and pay back those who hate me.
42 My arrows will be covered with their blood;
    my sword will eat their flesh.
The blood will flow from those who are killed and the captives.
    The heads of the enemy leaders will be cut off.”

43 Be happy, nations, with his people,
    because he will repay you for the blood of his servants.
He will punish his enemies,
    and he will remove the sin of his land and people.

44 Moses came with Joshua son of Nun, and they spoke all the words of this song for the people to hear. 45 When Moses finished speaking these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them: “Pay careful attention to all the words I have said to you today, and command your children to obey carefully everything in these teachings. 47 These should not be unimportant words for you, but rather they mean life for you! By these words you will live a long time in the land you are crossing the Jordan River to take as your own.”

Moses Goes Up to Mount Nebo

48 The Lord spoke to Moses again that same day and said, 49 “Go up the Abarim Mountains, to Mount Nebo in the country of Moab, across from Jericho. Look at the land of Canaan that I am giving to the Israelites as their own. 50 On that mountain that you climb, you will die and join your ancestors, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors. 51 You both sinned against me at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin, and you did not honor me as holy there among the Israelites. 52 So now you will only look at the land from far away. You will not enter the land I am giving the people of Israel.”

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Deuteronomy 32 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

32 Heavens, listen to me. Then I will speak.
    Earth, hear the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching fall like rain.
    Let my words come down like dew.
Let them be like raindrops on new grass.
    Let them be like rain on tender plants.

I will make known the name of the Lord.
    Praise God! How great he is!
He is the Rock. His works are perfect.
    All his ways are right.
He is faithful. He doesn’t do anything wrong.
    He is honest and fair.

Israel, you have sinned against him very much.
    It’s too bad for you that you aren’t his children anymore.
    You have become a twisted and evil nation.
Is that how you thank the Lord?
    You aren’t wise. You are foolish.
Remember, he’s your Father. He’s your Creator.
    He made you. He formed you.

Remember the days of long ago.
    Think about what the Lord did through those many years.
Ask your father. He will tell you.
    Ask your elders. They’ll explain it to you.
The Most High God gave the nations their lands.
    He divided up the human race.
He set up borders for the nations.
    He did it based on the number of the angels in his heavenly court.
The Lord’s people are his share.
    Jacob is the nation he has received.

10 The Lord found Israel in a desert.
    He found them in an empty and windy land.
He took care of them and kept them safe.
    He guarded them as he would guard his own eyes.
11 He was like an eagle that stirs up its nest.
    It hovers over its little ones.
It spreads out its wings to catch them.
    It carries them up in the air on its feathers.
12 The Lord was the only one who led Israel.
    No other god was with them.

13 The Lord made them ride on the highest places in the land.
    He fed them what grew in the fields.
He gave them the sweetest honey.
    He fed them olive oil from a rocky hillside.
14 He gave them butter and milk from the herds and flocks.
    He fed them the fattest lambs and goats.
He gave them the best of Bashan’s rams.
    He fed them the finest wheat.
    They drank the bubbling red juice of grapes.

15 When Israel grew fat, they became stubborn.
    When they were filled with food, they became fat and heavy.
They left the God who made them.
    They turned away from the Rock who saved them.
16 They made him jealous by serving false gods.
    They made him angry by worshiping statues of gods.
    He hated those gods.
17 The people sacrificed to those false gods, not to God.
    They hadn’t known anything about those false gods.
Those gods were new to them.
    Their people of long ago didn’t worship them.
18 But then they deserted the Rock. He was their Father.
    They forgot the God who created them.

19 When the Lord saw this, he turned away from them.
    His sons and daughters made him angry.
20 “I will turn my face away from them,” he said.
    “I will see what will happen to them in the end.
They are sinful people.
    They are unfaithful children.
21 They made me jealous by serving what is not even a god.
    They made me angry by worshiping worthless statues of gods.
I will use people who are not a nation to make them jealous.
    A nation that has no understanding will make them angry.
22 My anger will start a fire.
    It will burn all the way down to the kingdom of the dead.
It will eat up the earth and its crops.
    It will set the base of the mountains on fire.

23 “I will pile troubles on my people.
    I will shoot all my arrows at them.
24 I will send them hunger. It will make them weak.
    I will send terrible sickness. I will send deadly plagues.
I will send wild animals that will tear them apart.
    Snakes that glide through the dust will bite them.
25 In the streets their children will be killed by swords.
    Their homes will be filled with terror.
The young men and women will die.
    The babies and old people will die.
26 I said I would scatter them.
    I said I would erase their name from human memory.
27 But I was afraid their enemies would make fun of that.
    I was afraid their attackers would not understand.
I was sure they would say, ‘We’re the ones who’ve beaten them!
    The Lord isn’t the one who did it.’ ”

28 Israel is a nation that doesn’t have any sense.
    They can’t understand anything.
29 I wish they were wise. Then they would understand what’s coming.
    They’d realize what would happen to them in the end.
30 How could one person chase a thousand?
    How could two make ten thousand run away?
It couldn’t happen unless their Rock had deserted them.
    It couldn’t take place unless the Lord had given them up.
31 Their rock is not like our Rock.
    Even our enemies know that.
32 Their vine comes from the vines of Sodom.
    It comes from the vineyards of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison.
    Their bunches of grapes taste bitter.
33 Their wine is like the poison of snakes.
    It’s like the deadly poison of cobras.

34 The Lord says, “I have kept all those terrible things stored away.
    I have kept them sealed up in my strongbox.
35 I punish people. I will pay them back.
    The time will come when their feet will slip.
Their day of trouble is near.
    Very soon they will be destroyed.”

36 The Lord will come to the aid of his people.
    He’ll show tender love to those who serve him.
He will know when their strength is gone.
    He’ll see that no one at all is left.
37 He’ll say, “Where are their gods now?
    Where is the rock they went to for safety?
38 Where are the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices?
    Where are the gods who drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let those gods rise up to help you!
    Let them keep you safe!

39 “Look! I am the One!
    There is no other God except me.
I put some people to death. I bring others to life.
    I have wounded, and I will heal.
    No one can save you from my power.
40 I raise my hand to heaven. Here is the promise I make.
    You can be sure that I live forever.
41 And you can be just as sure
    that I will sharpen my flashing sword.
    My hand will hold it when I judge.
I will get even with my enemies.
    I will pay back those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows drip with blood.
    My sword will destroy people.
It will kill some. It will even kill prisoners.
    It will cut off the heads of enemy leaders.”

43 You nations, be full of joy. Be joyful together with God’s people.
    The Lord will get even with his enemies.
He will pay them back for killing those who serve him.
    He will wipe away the sin of his land and people.

44 Moses spoke all the words of this song to the people. Joshua, the son of Nun, was with him. 45 Moses finished speaking all these words to all the Israelites. 46 Then he said to them, “Think carefully about all the words I have announced to you today. I want you to command your children to be careful to obey all the words of this law. 47 They aren’t just useless words for you. They are your very life. If you obey them, you will live in the land for a long time. It’s the land you are going across the Jordan River to take as your own.”

Moses Will Die on Mount Nebo

48 On that same day the Lord said to Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim mountains. Go to Mount Nebo in Moab. It is across from Jericho. From there look out over Canaan. It is the land I am giving the Israelites to take as their own. 50 You will die there on the mountain you have climbed. You will join the members of your family who have already died. In the same way, your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor. He joined the members of his family who had already died. 51 You and Aaron disobeyed me in front of the Israelites. It happened at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin. You did not honor me among the Israelites as the holy God. 52 So you will see the land, but only from far away. You will not enter the land I am giving to the Israelites.”

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Deuteronomy 32 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

32 “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

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.

Because I will proclaim the name of the Lord, ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment, a God of truth and without iniquity; just and right is He.

They have corrupted themselves; their spot is not the spot of His children; they are a perverse and crooked generation.

“Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? Is not He thy father that hath bought thee? Hath He not made thee and established thee?

Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations. Ask thy father, and he will show thee, thy elders, and they will tell thee.

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.

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 stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth 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 thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

15 “But Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked; thou hast waxed fat, thou art grown thick, thou art 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 provoked they Him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God, to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begot thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

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 froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

21 They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not God; 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 Mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 “‘I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them.

24 They shall be burned 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, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

26 I said I would scatter them into 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 hath 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, 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 To Me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.’

36 “For the Lord shall judge His people and repent for His servants, when He seeth that their power is gone and there is none shut up or left.

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 besides 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 for ever.

41 If I whet My glittering sword and Mine hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to Mine enemies and will reward them that hate Me.

42 I will make Mine 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 ye nations, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will be merciful unto 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 Joshua the son of Nun.

45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel,

46 and he said unto them: “Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye 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 ye shall prolong your days in the land whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.”

48 And the Lord spoke unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,

49 “Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab that is opposite Jericho, and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession.

50 And die on the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered unto his people,

51 because ye trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin, because ye sanctified Me not in the midst of the children of Israel.

52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee, but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.”

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