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And when they forsake me, and break my covenant which 17 I have made with them, I shall be provoked to wrath against
them that day, and I will leave them, and turn away my face from them, and they shall be devoured. And when many evils and afflictions shall befal them, then will one say in
that day, Because the Lord my God is not with me, these evils 18 have befallen me. But I will turn away my face from them, on
that day, because of all their wickedness which they have 19 committed, because they have turned to strange gods. Now
therefore write the words of this Ode and teach it to the chil
dren of Israel, and put it into their mouth, that this Ode may 20 be an open witness for me among the children of Israel. For
when I bring them into that good land, which I solemnly promised their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey, they will eat, and be satiated, and they will turn to
strange gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my 21 covenant; but this Ode will rise up, and witness against them;
for it shall never be forgotten out of their mouth, nor out of the mouth of their seed: for I know their wickedness, what they do even now before I have brought them into that good land
which I solemnly promised their fathers. 22 So Moses wrote the Ode that day and taught it to the chil23 dren of Israel. And the Lord gave a charge to Joshua, and
said, Be courageous, and strong, for thou shalt conduct the children of Israel into the land which the Lord solemnly pro
mised them, and he will be with thee. 24 Now when Moses had made an end of writing all the words 25 of this law in a book, even to the close, he gave a charge to the
Levites, who carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, say26 ing, Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the
ark of the covenant of the Lord your God; and it shall be 27 there for a witness against thee: for I know thy contentious
disposition, and thy stiffneck. For even now while I am yet alive
with you, you have been rebellious against God; how then can 28 it be otherwise after my death? Assemble before me the heads
of your tribes, and your elders, and your judges, and your un
der officers, that I may speak in their hearing all these words, 29 and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will commit iniquity, and turn aside
out of the way which I commanded you, and evils will befal you in the latter days, because you will do evil before the Lord,
to provoke him to wrath by the works of your hands. 30 Then for a conclusion Moses spoke in the hearing of all the
congregation the words of this Ode. XXXII. Listen, O heaven, and I will speak,
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 Let my doctrine be expected like rain,
And my words distil as the dew;
And like a heavy shower on the grass.
Ascribe ye majesty to our God.
All his ways are acts of judgment-
Righteous and holy is the Lord.
Crooked and perverse generation ! 6
thus requite the Lord ?
Did he not make and fashion thee? 7 Remember the days of old ; Consider the
years of ages past; Ask thy father; he can tell theem
Thine elders; they can inform thee :
When he dispersed the children of Adam,
According to the number of God's messengers ; 9 And the Lord's portion was his people Jacob
Israel was his lot of inheritance.
In the drought of heat, in a land without water.
He kept them as the apple of his eye. 11 As an eagle would defend his nest,
And, when anxious for his young,
Would spread out his wings, and receive them,
And bear them up on his shoulders ;
He brought them up to the strength of this land,
When Jacob had eaten and was filled,
They exasperated me with strange gods,
The God who begot thee, thou hast forsaken,
Because they are a perverse generation-
Since a fire is kindled because of my wrath,
I will assemble evils against them,
While they are wasting by famine, and voracious birds;
I had determined to disperse them,
How could one man chase a thousand,
As their vine is from the vine of Sodom
Their wine shall be the venom of dragons-
Behold! are not these things stored up with me?
Because the Lord will judge his people When he shall be appeased for his servants, (For he saw that they were enfeebled,
Made faint by hostile invasions and dejected) 37 Then the Lord said, where are their gods
The gods in which they placed their confidence ? 38 The fat of whose sacrifices you ate
And drank the wine of their libations?
And let them be your protectors.
And that there is no God besides me;
And none can rescue out of my hand40 For I can lift up my hand to heaven,
And swear by my right hand, and say, as I live forever, 41 I will make my sword sharp as lightning,
And my hand will support judgment;
And make retribution to them who hate me. 42
I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
With the blood of slain and captives. 43 From the head of enemy chiefs.
Rejoice, O heavens, with him,
And the Lord will purify the land of his people. 44 Now on that day when Moses had written this Ode and taught 45 it to the children of Israel; and he, and Joshua the son of Nave,
had come, and spoken all the words of this law in the hearing
of the people, Moses concluded his speech to all Israel with this 46 address to them, Attend with your heart to all these words
which I this day testify to you, and which you are to give in