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Deuteronomy 32:1-9 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

32 Earth and Sky,
    listen to what I say!
Israel, I will teach you.
My words will be like gentle rain
    on tender young plants,
    or like dew on the grass.

Join with me in praising
the wonderful name
    of the Lord our God.
The Lord is a mighty rock,[a]
    and he never does wrong.
God can always be trusted
    to bring justice.
But you lie and cheat
    and are unfaithful to him.
You have disgraced yourselves
and are no longer worthy
    to be his children.[b]
Israel, the Lord is your Father,
    the one who created you,
but you repaid him
    by being foolish.
Think about past generations.
Ask your parents
    or any of your elders.
They will tell you
that God Most High
    gave land to every nation.
He assigned a guardian angel
    to each of them,[c]
but the Lord himself
    takes care of Israel.[d]

Footnotes:

  1. 32.4 mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.
  2. 32.5 and are unfaithful. . . children: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  3. 32.8 He assigned. . . them: The Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation; the Standard Hebrew Text “So there were as many nations as Israel (that is, Jacob) had children.”
  4. 32.9 Israel: The Hebrew text has “Jacob,” another name for Israel’s ancestor.

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