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Deuteronomy 32 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:1 - Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:2 - Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:3 - I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:4 - He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:5 - They are corrupt and not his children; to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:6 - Is this the way you repay the LORD, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator,[fn] who made you and formed you?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:7 - Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:8 - When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:9 - For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:10 - In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:11 - like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:12 - The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock, and with oil from the flinty crag,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:14 - with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:15 - Jeshurun[fn] grew fat and kicked; filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them and rejected the Rock their Savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:16 - They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:17 - They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God— gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:18 - You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:19 - The LORD saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:20 - “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:21 - They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:22 - For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:23 - “I will heap calamities on them and spend my arrows against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:24 - I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague; I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 - In the street the sword will make them childless; in their homes terror will reign. The young men and young women will perish, the infants and those with gray hair.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:26 - I said I would scatter them and erase their name from human memory,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:27 - but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest the adversary misunderstand and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed; the LORD has not done all this.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:28 - They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:29 - If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:30 - How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:31 - For their rock is not like our Rock, as even our enemies concede.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:32 - Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are filled with poison, and their clusters with bitterness.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:33 - Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:34 - “Have I not kept this in reserve and sealed it in my vaults?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:35 - It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:36 - The LORD will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:37 - He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:38 - the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:39 - “See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:40 - I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:41 - when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:42 - I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:43 - Rejoice, you nations, with his people,[fn][fn] for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:44 - Moses came with Joshua[fn] son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:45 - When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:46 - he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:47 - They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Moses to Die on Mount Nebo

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:48 - On that same day the LORD told Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:49 - “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:50 - There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:51 - This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:52 - Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
NIV Footnotes
Or Father, who bought you
Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) sons of God
Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.
Or and they are without a ruler or leader
Or Make his people rejoice, you nations
Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) people, / and let all the angels worship him, /
Hebrew Hoshea, a variant of Joshua

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