Deuteronomy 31:30-34:12 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Song of Moses
30 So Moses recited this entire song publicly to the assembly of Israel:
32 “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak!
5 “But they have acted corruptly toward him;
9 “For the people of Israel belong to the Lord;
15 “But Israel[d] soon became fat and unruly;
19 “The Lord saw this and drew back,
28 “But Israel is a senseless nation;
34 “The Lord says, ‘Am I not storing up these things,
36 “Indeed, the Lord will give justice to his people,
43 “Rejoice with him, you heavens,
44 So Moses came with Joshua[l] 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,[m] 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[n] 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.”
Moses Blesses the People
33 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death:
2 “The Lord came from Mount Sinai
6 Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben:[t]
“Let the tribe of Reuben live and not die out,
7 Moses said this about the tribe of Judah:
“O Lord, hear the cry of Judah
8 Moses said this about the tribe of Levi:
“O Lord, you have given your Thummim and Urim—the sacred lots—
12 Moses said this about the tribe of Benjamin:
“The people of Benjamin are loved by the Lord
13 Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph:
“May their land be blessed by the Lord
18 Moses said this about the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar[v]:
“May the people of Zebulun prosper in their travels.
20 Moses said this about the tribe of Gad:
“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad’s territory!
22 Moses said this about the tribe of Dan:
“Dan is a lion’s cub,
23 Moses said this about the tribe of Naphtali:
“O Naphtali, you are rich in favor
24 Moses said this about the tribe of Asher:
“May Asher be blessed above other sons;
26 “There is no one like the God of Israel.[w]
The Death of Moses
34 Then Moses went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; 2 all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean Sea[x]; 3 the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.”
5 So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. 6 The Lord buried him[y] in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. 8 The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab for thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over.
9 Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 The Lord sent him to perform all the miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, and all his servants, and his entire land. 12 With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel.
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