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Deuteronomy 32 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:1 - “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:2 - May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:3 - For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
ascribe greatness to our God!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:4 - “The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:5 - They have dealt corruptly with him;
they are no longer his children because they are blemished;
they are a crooked and twisted generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:6 - Do you thus repay the LORD,
you foolish and senseless people?
Is not he your father, who created you,
who made you and established you?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:8 - When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders[fn] of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:9 - But the LORD’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:10 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:11 - Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:12 - the LORD alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:14 - Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with fat[fn] of lambs,
rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest[fn] of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:15 - “But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;
you grew fat, stout, and sleek;
then he forsook God who made him
and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:16 - They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
with abominations they provoked him to anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:17 - They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,
to gods they had never known,
to new gods that had come recently,
whom your fathers had never dreaded.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:18 - You were unmindful of the Rock that bore[fn] you,
and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:19 - “The LORD saw it and spurned them,
because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:21 - They have made me jealous with what is no god;
they have provoked me to anger with their idols.
So I will make them jealous with those who are no people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:22 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:23 - “‘And I will heap disasters upon them;
I will spend my arrows on them;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:24 - they shall be wasted with hunger,
and devoured by plague
and poisonous pestilence;
I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
with the venom of things that crawl in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 - Outdoors the sword shall bereave,
and indoors terror,
for young man and woman alike,
the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:26 - I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces;
I will wipe them from human memory,”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:27 - had I not feared provocation by the enemy,
lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant,
it was not the LORD who did all this.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:28 - “For they are a nation void of counsel,
and there is no understanding in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:29 - If they were wise, they would understand this;
they would discern their latter end!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:30 - How could one have chased a thousand,
and two have put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
and the LORD had given them up?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:31 - For their rock is not as our Rock;
our enemies are by themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:32 - 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;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:33 - their wine is the poison of serpents
and the cruel venom of asps.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:34 - “‘Is not this laid up in store with me,
sealed up in my treasuries?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:35 - Vengeance is mine, and recompense,[fn]
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:36 - For the LORD will vindicate[fn] his people
and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
and there is none remaining, bond or free.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:37 - Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods,
the rock in which they took refuge,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:38 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:39 - “‘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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:40 - For I lift up my hand to heaven
and swear, As I live forever,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:41 - if I sharpen my flashing sword[fn]
and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
and will repay those who hate me.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:42 - 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.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:43 - “Rejoice with him, O heavens;[fn]
bow down to him, all gods,[fn]
for he avenges the blood of his children[fn]
and takes vengeance on his adversaries.
He repays those who hate him[fn]
and cleanses[fn] his people’s land.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:44 - Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua[fn] the son of Nun.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:45 - And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:46 - he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:47 - For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Moses’ Death Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:48 - That very day the LORD spoke to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:49 - “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:50 - And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:51 - because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:52 - For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”
ESV Footnotes
Or territories
Compare Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text sons of Israel
That is, with the best
Hebrew with the kidney fat
Or fathered
Septuagint and I will repay
Septuagint judge
Hebrew the lightning of my sword
Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text Rejoice his people, O nations
Masoretic Text lacks bow down to him, all gods
Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text servants
Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks He repays those who hate him
Or atones for
Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew his land his people
Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew Hoshea

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