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Deuteronomy 32:3-12 Good News Translation (GNT)

I will praise the name of the Lord,
    and his people will tell of his greatness.

“The Lord is your mighty defender,
    perfect and just in all his ways;
Your God is faithful and true;
    he does what is right and fair.
But you are unfaithful, unworthy to be his people,[a]
    a sinful and deceitful nation.
Is this the way you should treat the Lord,
    you foolish, senseless people?
He is your father, your Creator,
    he made you into a nation.

“Think of the past, of the time long ago;
    ask your parents to tell you what happened,
    ask the old people to tell of the past.
The Most High assigned nations their lands;
    he determined where peoples should live.
He assigned to each nation a heavenly being,
    but Jacob's descendants he chose for himself.

10 “He found them wandering through the desert,
    a desolate, wind-swept wilderness.
He protected them and cared for them,
    as he would protect himself.
11 Like an eagle teaching its young to fly,[b]
    catching them safely on its spreading wings,
    the Lord kept Israel from falling.
12 The Lord alone led his people
    without the help of a foreign god.


  1. Deuteronomy 32:5 Probable text But you … people; Hebrew unclear.
  2. Deuteronomy 32:11 teaching its young to fly; or watching over its young.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Deuteronomy 32:3-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
    ascribe greatness to our God!

The Rock, his work is perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God, without deceit,
    just and upright is he;
yet his degenerate children have dealt falsely with him,[a]
    a perverse and crooked generation.
Do you thus repay the Lord,
    O foolish and senseless people?
Is not he your father, who created you,
    who made you and established you?
Remember the days of old,
    consider the years long past;
ask your father, and he will inform you;
    your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High[b] apportioned the nations,
    when he divided humankind,
he fixed the boundaries of the peoples
    according to the number of the gods;[c]
the Lord’s own portion was his people,
    Jacob his allotted share.

10 He sustained[d] him in a desert land,
    in a howling wilderness waste;
he shielded him, cared for him,
    guarded him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle stirs up its nest,
    and hovers over its young;
as it spreads its wings, takes them up,
    and bears them aloft on its pinions,
12 the Lord alone guided him;
    no foreign god was with him.


  1. Deuteronomy 32:5 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Deuteronomy 32:8 Traditional rendering of Heb Elyon
  3. Deuteronomy 32:8 Q Ms Compare Gk Tg: MT the Israelites
  4. Deuteronomy 32:10 Sam Gk Compare Tg: MT found
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Deuteronomy 32:3-12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

“For I will proclaim the name of Adonai.
Come, declare the greatness of our God!
The Rock! His work is perfect,
for all his ways are just.
A trustworthy God who does no wrong,
he is righteous and straight.

“He is not corrupt; the defect is in his children,
a crooked and perverted generation.
You foolish people, so lacking in wisdom,
is this how you repay Adonai?
He is your father, who made you his!
It was he who formed and prepared you!

(ii) “Remember how the old days were;
think of the years through all the ages.
Ask your father — he will tell you;
your leaders too — they will inform you.
“When ‘Elyon gave each nation its heritage,
when he divided the human race,
he assigned the boundaries of peoples
according to Isra’el’s population;
but Adonai’s share was his own people,
Ya‘akov his allotted heritage.

10 “He found his people in desert country,
in a howling, wasted wilderness.
He protected him and cared for him,
guarded him like the pupil of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up her nest,
hovers over her young,
spreads out her wings, takes them
and carries them as she flies.

12 Adonai alone led his people;
no alien god was with him.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Deuteronomy 32:3-14 The Message (MSG)

The Song

32 1-5 Listen, Heavens, I have something to tell you.
    Attention, Earth, I’ve got a mouth full of words.
    My teaching, let it fall like a gentle rain,
        my words arrive like morning dew,
    Like a sprinkling rain on new grass,
        like spring showers on the garden.
    For it’s God’s Name I’m preaching—
        respond to the greatness of our God!
    The Rock: His works are perfect,
        and the way he works is fair and just;
    A God you can depend upon, no exceptions,
        a straight-arrow God.
    His messed-up, mixed-up children, his non-children,
        throw mud at him but none of it sticks.

6-7 Don’t you realize it is God you are treating like this?
        This is crazy; don’t you have any sense of reverence?
    Isn’t this your father who created you,
        who made you and gave you a place on Earth?
    Read up on what happened before you were born;
        dig into the past, understand your roots.
    Ask your parents what it was like before you were born;
        ask the old-ones, they’ll tell you a thing or two.

8-9 When the High God gave the nations their stake,
        gave them their place on Earth,
    He put each of the peoples within boundaries
        under the care of divine guardians.
    But God himself took charge of his people,
        took Jacob on as his personal concern.

10-14 He found him out in the wilderness,
        in an empty, windswept wasteland.
    He threw his arms around him, lavished attention on him,
        guarding him as the apple of his eye.
    He was like an eagle hovering over its nest,
        overshadowing its young,
    Then spreading its wings, lifting them into the air,
        teaching them to fly.
    God alone led him;
        there was not a foreign god in sight.
    God lifted him onto the hilltops,
        so he could feast on the crops in the fields.
    He fed him honey from the rock,
        oil from granite crags,
    Curds of cattle and the milk of sheep,
        the choice cuts of lambs and goats,
    Fine Bashan rams, high-quality wheat,
        and the blood of grapes: you drank good wine!

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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