and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
my speech distil as the dew,
as the gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and as the showers upon the herb.
Ascribe greatness to our God!
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and right is he.
they are no longer his children because of their blemish;
they are a perverse and crooked generation.
you foolish and senseless people?
Is not he your father, who created you,
who made you and established you?
consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you;
your elders, and they will tell you.
when he separated the sons of men,
he fixed the bounds of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.d
Jacob his allotted heritage.
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye.
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
and there was no foreign god with him.
and he ate the produce of the field;
and he made him suck honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
with fat of lambs and rams,
herds of Bashan and goats,
with the finest of the wheat—
and of the blood of the grape you drank wine.
you waxed fat, you grew thick, you became sleek;
then he forsook God who made him,
and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
with abominable practices they provoked him to anger.
to gods they had never known,
to new gods that had come in of late,
whom your fathers had never dreaded.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that begot* you,
and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
I will see what their end will be,
for they are a perverse generation,
children in whom is no faithfulness.
So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people;
I will provoke them with a foolish nation.
and it burns to the depths of Sheol,
devours the earth and its increase,
and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will spend my arrows upon them;
and devoured with burning heat
and poisonous pestilence;
and I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
with venom of crawling things of the dust.
and in the chambers shall be terror,
destroying both young man and virgin,
the sucking child with the man of gray hairs.
I will make the remembrance of them cease from among men,”
lest their adversaries should judge amiss,
lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant,
the Lord has not wrought all this.” ’
and there is no understanding in them.
they would discern their latter end!
and two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
and the Lord had given them up?
even our enemies themselves being judges.
and from the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of poison,
their clusters are bitter;
and the cruel venom of asps.
sealed up in my treasuries?
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.
and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone,
and there is none remaining, bond or free.
the 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!
and there is no god beside me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
and swear, As I live for ever,
41 if I whet my glittering sword,f
and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries,
and will requite those who hate me.
and my sword shall devour flesh—
with the blood of the slain and the captives,
from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
for he avenges the blood of his servants,
and takes vengeance on his adversaries,
and makes expiation for the land of his people.”g
44 Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua* the son of Nun. 45 And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Lay to heart all the words which I enjoin upon you this day, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no trifle for you, but it is your life, and thereby you shall live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
48 And the Lord said to Moses that very day, 49 “Ascend this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho; and view the land of Canaan, which I give to the people of Israel for a possession; 50 and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people; 51 because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meri-bath-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because you did not revere me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. 52 For you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the people of Israel.”
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.