16 And the Lord said to Moses: “Behold, you will [a]rest with your fathers; and this people will (A)rise and (B)play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will (C)forsake Me and (D)break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger shall be (E)aroused against them in that day, and (F)I will forsake them, and I will (G)hide My face from them, and they shall be [b]devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, (H)‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is (I)not among us?’ 18 And (J)I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods.

19 “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be (K)a witness for Me against the children of Israel. 20 When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and filled themselves (L)and grown fat, (M)then they will turn to other gods and serve them; and they will provoke Me and break My covenant. 21 Then it shall be, (N)when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify against them as a witness; for it will not be forgotten in the mouths of their descendants, for (O)I know the inclination (P)of their behavior today, even before I have brought them to the land of which I swore to give them.

22 Therefore Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel. 23 (Q)Then He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, (R)“Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 31:16 Die and join your ancestors
  2. Deuteronomy 31:17 consumed