28 “But Israel is a senseless nation; the people are foolish, without understanding. 29 Oh, that they were wise and could understand this! Oh, that they might know their fate! 30 How could one person chase a thousand of them, and two people put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up? 31 But the rock of our enemies is not like our Rock, as even they recognize.[a] 32 Their vine grows from the vine of Sodom, from the vineyards of Gomorrah. Their grapes are poison, and their clusters are bitter. 33 Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras.
34 “The Lord says, ‘Am I not storing up these things, sealing them away in my treasury? 35 I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.’
36 “Indeed, the Lord will give justice to his people, and he will change his mind about[b] his servants, when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. 37 Then he will ask, ‘Where are their gods, the rocks they fled to for refuge? 38 Where now are those gods, who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their offerings? Let those gods arise and help you! Let them provide you with shelter! 39 Look now; I myself am he! There is no other god but me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one can be rescued from my powerful hand! 40 Now I raise my hand to heaven and declare, “As surely as I live, 41 when I sharpen my flashing sword and begin to carry out justice, I will take revenge on my enemies and repay those who reject me. 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword will devour flesh— the blood of the slaughtered and the captives, and the heads of the enemy leaders.”’
43 “Rejoice with him, you heavens, and let all of God’s angels worship him.[c] Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles, and let all the angels be strengthened in him.[d] For he will avenge the blood of his children[e]; he will take revenge against his enemies. He will repay those who hate him[f] and cleanse his people’s land.”
44 So Moses came with Joshua[g] son of Nun and recited all the words of this song to the people.
45 When Moses had finished reciting all these words to the people of Israel,46 he added: “Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions.47 These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you will occupy when you cross the Jordan River.”
Moses’ Death Foretold
48 That same day the Lord said to Moses,49 “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river,[h] and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho. Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession.50 Then you will die there on the mountain. You will join your ancestors, just as Aaron, your brother, died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors.51 For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh[i] in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there.52 So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
32:31The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Greek version reads our enemies are fools.
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