Deuteronomy 32:1-9Contemporary English Version (CEV)
32 Earth and Sky, listen to what I say! 2 Israel, I will teach you. My words will be like gentle rain on tender young plants, or like dew on the grass.
3 Join with me in praising the wonderful name of the Lord our God. 4 The Lord is a mighty rock,[a] and he never does wrong. God can always be trusted to bring justice. 5 But you lie and cheat and are unfaithful to him. You have disgraced yourselves and are no longer worthy to be his children.[b] 6 Israel, the Lord is your Father, the one who created you, but you repaid him by being foolish. 7 Think about past generations. Ask your parents or any of your elders. They will tell you 8 that God Most High gave land to every nation. He assigned a guardian angel to each of them,[c] 9 but the Lord himself takes care of Israel.[d]
32.4mighty 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.
32.5and are unfaithful. . . children: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
32.8He 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.”
32.9Israel: The Hebrew text has “Jacob,” another name for Israel’s ancestor.
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