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40 For indeed I lift up my hand to heaven,
    And I promise as I live forever,[a]
41 When I sharpen[b] my flashing sword,[c]
    and my hand takes hold[d] of it in judgment,
I will take reprisals against my foes,[e]
    and my haters I will repay.
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
    and my sword shall devour flesh with the blood of the slain,
    and captives[f] from the heads[g] of the leaders of the enemy.’

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 32:40 Literally “live I to eternity”
  2. Deuteronomy 32:41 Or “have sharpened”
  3. Deuteronomy 32:41 Literally “the flashing of my sword”
  4. Deuteronomy 32:41 Or “seizes”
  5. Deuteronomy 32:41 Literally “I will let return vengeance to foes my”
  6. Deuteronomy 32:42 Hebrew “captive”
  7. Deuteronomy 32:42 Hebrew “head”

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