“Give ear, kO heavens, and I will speak,
and let lthe earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May mmy teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and nlike showers upon the herb.
ascribe ogreatness to our God!
for rall his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and swithout iniquity,
just and upright is he.
they are no longer his children tbecause they are blemished;
they are ua crooked and twisted generation.
you foolish and senseless people?
who xmade you and established you?
7 yRemember the days of old;
consider the years of many generations;
zask your father, and he will show you,
your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High agave to the nations their inheritance,
when he bdivided mankind,
he fixed the borders1 of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.2
Jacob his allotted heritage.
10 “He found him cin a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he dencircled him, he cared for him,
he ekept him as the apple of his eye.
11 fLike an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
12 gthe Lord alone guided him,
hno foreign god was with him.
13 iHe made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with jhoney out of the rock,
with fat3 of lambs,
rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest4 of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from mthe blood of the grape.
pyou grew fat, stout, and sleek;
and scoffed at sthe Rock of his salvation.
16 tThey stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
with abominations they provoked him to anger.
17 uThey sacrificed to demons that were no gods,
to gods they had never known,
to vnew gods that had come recently,
whom your fathers had never dreaded.
and you xforgot the God who gave you birth.
19 y“The Lord saw it and spurned them,
because of the provocation of zhis sons and his daughters.
20 And he said, a‘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.
21 bThey have made me jealous with what is no god;
they have provoked me to anger cwith their idols.
So dI will make them jealous with those who are no people;
I will provoke them to anger with ea foolish nation.
22 For fa fire is kindled by my anger,
and it burns to gthe depths of Sheol,
devours the earth and its increase,
and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
hI will spend my arrows on them;
and devoured by plague
and poisonous pestilence;
I will send ithe teeth of beasts against them,
with the venom of jthings that crawl in the dust.
25 kOutdoors the sword shall bereave,
and indoors terror,
for young man and woman alike,
the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
26 lI would have said, “I will cut them to pieces;
mI will wipe them from human memory,”
lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
lest they should say, n“Our hand is triumphant,
it was not the Lord who did all this.” ’
and there is ono understanding in them.
29 pIf they were wise, they would understand this;
they would qdiscern their latter end!
30 How could rone have chased a thousand,
and two have put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock shad sold them,
and the Lord had given them up?
31 For ttheir rock is not as our Rock;
uour enemies are by themselves.
32 For their vine vcomes from the vine of Sodom
and from the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of wpoison;
their clusters are bitter;
33 their wine is the poison of xserpents
and the cruel venom of asps.
ysealed up in my treasuries?
afor the time when their foot shall slip;
for bthe day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.’
dand have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
and there is none remaining, ebond or free.
37 Then he will say, f‘Where are their gods,
gthe rock in which they took refuge,
and drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you;
let them be your protection!
39 “ ‘See now that hI, even I, am he,
and there is no god beside me;
iI kill and I make alive;
jI wound and I heal;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For kI lift up my hand to heaven
and swear, As I live forever,
and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
and will repay those who hate me.
and mmy sword shall devour flesh—
with the blood of the slain and the captives,
from the nlong-haired heads of the enemy.’
bow down to him, all gods,10
and takes vengeance on his adversaries.
He repays those who hate him12
Compare Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text sons of Israel
That is, with the best
Hebrew with the kidney fat
Septuagint and I will repay
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