Deuteronomy 31 ©
Moses encourageth the people, and Joshua. He delivereth the law to the priests to be read by them every seventh year to the people. Moses and Joshua appear before God. God telleth Moses of the people's future apostasy, and the consequent evils, and giveth him a song to testify against them. Joshua receiveth a charge. Moses delivereth the book of the law to the Levites to keep, and calleth together the elders and officers to hear the song.
AND Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
Be gstrong and of a good courage, hfear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, ihe it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
¶And Moses jcalled unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
sGather the people together, tmen, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
¶And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that wI may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.
¶And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt 1sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and ygo a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will zforsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
Then amy anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and bI will forsake them, and I will chide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall 2befall them; so that they will say in that day, dAre not these evils come upon us, because eour God is not among us?
And fI will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.
For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall ihave eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.
And it shall come to pass, when jmany evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify 3against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for kI know their imagination which they 4go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.
¶Moses therefore lwrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
¶And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
Take this book of the law, and put it pin the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there qfor a witness against thee.
For I know that vafter my death ye will utterly wcorrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil xwill befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, yto provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.