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Deuteronomy 31:30-32:14Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Song of Moses

30 Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they were finished, in the ears of all the assembly of Israel:

32 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
    and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
    my speech distil as the dew,
as the gentle rain upon the tender grass,
    and as the showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
    Ascribe greatness to our God!

“The Rock, his work is perfect;
    for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
    just and right is he.
They have dealt corruptly with him,
    they are no longer his children because of their blemish;
    they are a perverse and crooked generation.
Do you thus requite the Lord,
    you 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 of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you;
    your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
    when he separated the sons of men,
he fixed the bounds of the peoples
    according to the number of the sons of God.[a]
For the Lord’s portion is his people,
    Jacob his allotted heritage.

10 “He found him in a desert land,
    and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
    he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
    that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
    bearing them on its pinions,
12 the Lord alone did lead him,
    and there was no foreign god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
    and he ate the produce of the field;
and he made him suck honey out of the rock,
    and oil out of the flinty rock.
14 Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
    with fat of lambs and rams,
    herds of Bashan and goats,
with the finest of the wheat—
    and of the blood of the grape you drank wine.

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 32:8 Compare Gk: Heb Israel
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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