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Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his eye was not dull[a] nor had his vitality[b] departed. The Israelites mourned for Moses in the rift valley plains[c] of Moab for thirty days; then the days of mourning for Moses ended.

An Epitaph for Moses

Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had placed his hands on him;[d] and the Israelites listened to him and did just what the Lord had commanded Moses.

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  1. Deuteronomy 34:7 tn Or “dimmed.” The term could refer to dull appearance or to dimness caused by some loss of visual acuity.
  2. Deuteronomy 34:7 tn Heb “sap.” That is, he was still in possession of his faculties or liveliness.
  3. Deuteronomy 34:8 sn This is the area of the rift valley basin to the north of the Dead Sea and east of the Jordan. See the note at Num 21:1.
  4. Deuteronomy 34:9 sn See Num 27:18.