Deuteronomy 32-34 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
32 Earth and Sky,
3 Join with me in praising
10 Israel, the Lord discovered you
15 Israel,[e] you grew fat and rebelled
22 “My people, I will breathe out fire
26 “I wanted to scatter you,
28 People of Israel,
32 Our enemies are grapevines
36 When only a few
37 But first the Lord will say,
40 “I make this solemn promise:
43 Tell the heavens to celebrate
44-45 Moses spoke the words of the song so that all the Israelites could hear, and Joshua[p] helped him. When Moses had finished, 46 he said, “Always remember this song I have taught you today. And let it be a warning that you must teach your children to obey everything written in The Book of God’s Law. 47 The Law isn’t empty words. It can give you a long life in the land that you are going to take.”
Moses Will See the Land
48 Later that day the Lord said to Moses:
49 Go up into the Abarim Mountain range here in Moab across the Jordan River valley from Jericho. And when you reach the top of Mount Nebo, you will be able to see the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Israel. 50 Then you will die and be buried on the mountaintop, just as your brother Aaron died and was buried on Mount Hor. 51 Both of you were unfaithful to me at Meribah Spring near Kadesh in the Zin Desert.[q] I am God, but there in front of the Israelites, you did not treat me with the honor and respect I deserve. 52 So I will give the land to the people of Israel, but you will only get to see it from a distance.
Moses Blesses the Tribes of Israel
33 Moses was a prophet, and before he died, he blessed the tribes of Israel by saying:
2 The Lord came from Mount Sinai.
6 Tribe of Reuben, you will live,
7 The Lord will listen to you,
8 At Massah and Meribah Spring,[w]
10 You teach God’s laws to Israel,[aa]
12 The Lord Most High[ab] loves you,
13 Descendants of Joseph,
17 The armies of Ephraim
18 Be happy, Zebulun,
20 Tribe of Gad,
22 Tribe of Dan,
23 The Lord is pleased with you,
24 The Lord’s greatest blessing
26 Israel,[ah] no other god
The Death of Moses
34 Sometime later, Moses left the lowlands of Moab. He went up Mount Pisgah to the peak of Mount Nebo,[aj] which is across the Jordan River from Jericho. The Lord showed him all the land as far north as Gilead and the town of Dan. 2 He let Moses see the territories that would soon belong to the tribes of Naphtali, Ephraim, Manasseh, and Judah, as far west as the Mediterranean Sea. 3 The Lord also showed him the land in the south, from the valley near the town of Jericho, known as The City of Palm Trees, down to the town of Zoar.
4 The Lord said, “Moses, this is the land I was talking about when I solemnly promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that I would give land to their descendants. I have let you see it, but you will not cross the Jordan and go in.”
5 And so, Moses the Lord’s servant died there in Moab, just as the Lord had said. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley near the town of Beth-Peor, but even today no one knows exactly where. 7 Moses was a hundred twenty years old when he died, yet his eyesight was still good, and his body was strong.
8 The people of Israel stayed in the lowlands of Moab, where they mourned and grieved thirty days for Moses, as was their custom.
Joshua Becomes the Leader of Israel
9 Before Moses died, he had placed his hands on Joshua, and the Lord had given Joshua wisdom. The Israelites paid attention to what Joshua said and obeyed the commands that the Lord had given Moses.
Moses Was a Great Prophet
10 There has never again been a prophet in Israel like Moses. The Lord spoke face to face with him 11 and sent him to perform powerful miracles in the presence of the king of Egypt and his entire nation. 12 No one else has ever had the power to do such great things as Moses did for everyone to see.
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