Hear, O earth, the words that I say!
let my speech settle like dew.
Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,
like gentle showers on young plants.
how glorious is our God!
Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
how just and upright he is!
when they act so perversely,
are they really his children?*
They are a deceitful and twisted generation.
you foolish and senseless people?
Isn’t he your Father who created you?
Has he not made you and established you?
think about the generations past.
Ask your father, and he will inform you.
Inquire of your elders, and they will tell you.
when he divided up the human race,
he established the boundaries of the peoples
according to the number in his heavenly court.*
Jacob is his special possession.
in an empty, howling wasteland.
He surrounded them and watched over them;
he guarded them as he would guard his own eyes.*
and hovers over her young,
so he spread his wings to take them up
and carried them safely on his pinions.
they followed no foreign gods.
and feast on the crops of the fields.
He nourished them with honey from the rock
and olive oil from the stony ground.
and milk from the flock,
together with the fat of lambs.
He gave them choice rams from Bashan, and goats,
together with the choicest wheat.
You drank the finest wine,
made from the juice of grapes.
15 “But Israel* soon became fat and unruly;
the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed!
Then they abandoned the God who had made them;
they made light of the Rock of their salvation.
they provoked his fury with detestable deeds.
to gods they had not known before,
to new gods only recently arrived,
to gods their ancestors had never feared.
you forgot the God who had given you birth.
provoked to anger by his own sons and daughters.
then see what becomes of them.
For they are a twisted generation,
children without integrity.
they have provoked my anger with their useless idols.
Now I will rouse their jealousy through people who are not even a people;
I will provoke their anger through the foolish Gentiles.
and burns to the depths of the grave.*
It devours the earth and all its crops
and ignites the foundations of the mountains.
and shoot them down with my arrows.
burning fever, and deadly disease.
I will send the fangs of wild beasts
and poisonous snakes that glide in the dust.
and inside, terror will strike
both young men and young women,
both infants and the aged.
wiping out even the memory of them.
who might misunderstand and say,
“Our own power has triumphed!
The Lord had nothing to do with this!” ’
the people are foolish, without understanding.
Oh, that they might know their fate!
and two people put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
unless the Lord had given them up?
as even they recognize.*
from the vineyards of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are poison,
and their clusters are bitter.
the deadly poison of cobras.
sealing them away in my treasury?
In due time their feet will slip.
Their day of disaster will arrive,
and their destiny will overtake them.’
and he will change his mind about* his servants,
when he sees their strength is gone
and no one is left, slave or free.
the rocks they fled to for refuge?
who ate the fat of their sacrifices
and drank the wine of their offerings?
Let those gods arise and help you!
Let them provide you with shelter!
There is no other god but me!
I am the one who kills and gives life;
I am the one who wounds and heals;
no one can be rescued from my powerful hand!
and declare, “As surely as I live,
and begin to carry out justice,
I will take revenge on my enemies
and repay those who reject me.
and my sword will devour flesh—
the blood of the slaughtered and the captives,
and the heads of the enemy leaders.” ’
and let all of God’s angels worship him.*
Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles,
and let all the angels be strengthened in him.*
For he will avenge the blood of his children;*
he will take revenge against his enemies.
He will repay those who hate him*
and cleanse his people’s land.”
44 So Moses came with Joshua* son of Nun and recited all the words of this song to the people.
45 When Moses had finished reciting all these words to the people of Israel, 46 he added: “Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. 47 These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you will occupy when you cross the Jordan River.”
48 That same day the Lord said to Moses, 49 “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river,* and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho. Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession. 50 Then you will die there on the mountain. You will join your ancestors, just as Aaron, your brother, died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors. 51 For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh* in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there. 52 So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
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