THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 32 ©
The Divine song, wherein both God Himself and His exceeding great mercies to Israel are exalted, verses 1 to 5 and verses 7 to 15. And on the contrary their abominable unthankfulness most vehemently rebuked, 5, 6, 15, etc. God’s wrath and future punishments propounded, 19. Yet without sparing the idolatrous abominations of His peoples’ enemies, 31. Whereupon God then again comforts His people, promising to be avenged on His and their idolatrous enemies, to reconcile His church unto Himself, to cheer it, and to enlarge or extend it wide among the heathen, 36. Moses, having uttered this song, exhorts them to mind God’s Word for their own good, 44. And receives the same day a charge to view the land of Canaan upon a mount, and to die there, 48.
GIVE ear, O 1ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, 2O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine 3shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the 4showers upon the grass:
Because I will 5publish the name of the LORD: 6ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the 7Rock, his work is perfect: for all 8his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
9They have corrupted 10themselves, their spot is not the spot of 11his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath 12bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
¶Remember the days 13of old, consider the years 14of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of 15Adam, he set the bounds of the people 16according to the number of the children of Israel.
For 17the LORD’S portion is his people; 18Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
He found him in a desert land, and 19in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the 20apple of his eye.
As an eagle stirreth up 21her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, 22beareth them on her wings:
So the LORD alone did lead 23him, and there was no strange god with him.
He made him ride on the 24high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck 25honey out of the rock, and oil out of the 26flinty rock;
Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the 27breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of 28kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the 29pure blood of the grape.
¶But 30Jeshurun waxed fat, and 31kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God 32which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
They provoked him to 33jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
They sacrificed unto 34devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came 35newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
Of the Rock that 36begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because 37of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
And he said, I will hide my 38face from them, I will see what their 39end shall be: for they are a 40very froward generation, children in whom is no 41faith.
Theya have moved me to jealousy 42with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are 43not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
For a 44fireb is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn 45unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set 46on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap 47mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine 48arrows upon them.
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with 49burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the 50dust.
The sword without, and terror within, shall 51destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of 52gray hairs.
I said, I would 53scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
Were it not that I 54feared the 55wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves 56strangely, and lest they should say, 57Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.
For 58they are a nation 59void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
O that they were wise, that they 60understood this, that they would consider their latter 61end!
How should 62one chase a 63thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their 64Rock had sold them, and the LORD had 65shut them up?
For 66their 67rock is not as our 68Rock, 69even our enemies themselves being judges.
For their vine is 70of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes 71of gall, their clusters are bitter:
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
72Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
To mecbelongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things 73that shall come upon them make haste.
For the LORD shall judge his people, and 74repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their 75power is gone, and there is none 76shut up, or left.
And he shall say, Where are 77their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
78Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your 79protection.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is nod god with me: I kill,e and I make alive; I 80wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
For 81I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, 82I live for ever.
If I whet my 83glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
I will make mine 84arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of 85the captives, 86from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
87Rejoice,f O ye nations, with 88his people: for he will avenge the blood of his 89servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and 90will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.
¶And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and 91Hoshea the son of Nun.
And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
For it is not a 92vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,
Getg thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is 93over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be 94gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brotherh died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
Because ye trespassedi against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye 95sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.