|1||"Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; |
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
|2||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.
|3||For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh. |
Ascribe greatness to our God!
|4||"The Rock, his work is perfect; |
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and right is he.
|5||They have dealt corruptly with him, |
they are no longer his children because of their blemish;
they are a perverse and crooked generation.
|6||Do you thus requite Yahweh, |
you foolish and senseless people?
Is not he your father, who created you,
who made you and established you?
|7||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.
|8||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.
|9||For Yahweh'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||Yahweh 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.
|15||"But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked; |
you waxed fat, you grew thick, you became sleek;
then he forsook God who made him,
and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
|16||They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods; |
with abominable practices they provoked him to anger.
|17||They sacrificed to demons which were no gods, |
to gods they had never known,
to new gods that had come in of late,
whom your fathers had never dreaded.
|18||You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, |
and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
|19||"Yahweh saw it, and spurned them, |
because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
|20||And he said, 'I will hide my face from them, |
I will see what their end will be,
for they are a perverse generation,
children in whom is no faithfulness.
|21||They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; |
they have provoked me with their idols.
So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people;
I will provoke them with a foolish nation.
|22||For a fire is kindled by my anger, |
and it burns to the depths of Sheol,
devours the earth and its increase,
and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
|23||" 'And I will heap evils upon them; |
I will spend my arrows upon them;
|24||they shall be wasted with hunger, |
and devoured with burning heat and poisonous pestilence;
and I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
with venom of crawling things of the dust.
|25||In the open the sword shall bereave, |
and in the chambers shall be terror,
destroying both young man and virgin,
the sucking child with the man of gray hairs.
|26||I would have said, "I will scatter them afar, |
I will make the remembrance of them cease from among men,"
|27||had I not feared provocation by the enemy, |
lest their adversaries should judge amiss,
lest they should say, "Our hand is triumphant,
Yahweh has not wrought all this." '
|28||"For they are a nation void of counsel, |
and there is no understanding in them.
|29||If they were wise, they would understand this, |
they would discern their latter end!
|30||How should one chase a thousand, |
and two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
and Yahweh had given them up?
|31||For their rock is not as our Rock, |
even our enemies themselves being judges.
|32||For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom, |
and from the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of poison,
their clusters are bitter;
|33||their wine is the poison of serpents, |
and the cruel venom of asps.
|34||"Is not this laid up in store with me, |
sealed up in my treasuries?
|35||Vengeance is mine, and recompense, |
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.
|36||For Yahweh will vindicate his people |
and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone,
and there is none remaining, bond or free.
|37||Then he will say, 'Where are their gods, |
the rock in which they took refuge,
|38||who ate the fat of their sacrifices, |
and drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you,
let them be your protection!
|39||" 'See now that I, even I, am he, |
and there is no god beside me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
|40||For I lift up my hand to heaven, |
and swear, As I live for ever,
|41||if I whet my glittering sword, |
and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries,
and will requite those who hate me.
|42||I will make my arrows drunk with blood, |
and my sword shall devour flesh -
with the blood of the slain and the captives,
from the long-haired heads of the enemy.'
|43||"Praise his people, O you nations; |
for he avenges the blood of his servants,
and takes vengeance on his adversaries,
and makes expiation for the land of his people."
|44||Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua the son of Nun.|
|45||And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,||Moses' final instructions.|
|46||he said to them, "Lay to heart all the words which I enjoin upon you this day, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.|
|47||For it is no trifle for you, but it is your life, and thereby you shall live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess."|
|48||And Yahweh said to Moses that very day,|
|49||"Ascend this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho; and view the land of Canaan, which I give to the people of Israel for a possession;|
|50||and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people;|
|51||because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribath-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because you did not revere me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.|
|52||For you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the people of Israel."|
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