Deuteronomy 31

Deuteronomy 31

1Moses encourageth the people, 7and Joshua. 9He delivereth the law to the priests to be read by them every seventh year to the people. 14Moses and Joshua appear before God. 16God telleth Moses of the people's future apostasy, and the consequent evils, and giveth him a song to testify against them. 23Joshua receiveth a charge. 24Moses delivereth the book of the law to the Levites to keep, and calleth together the elders and officers to hear the song.

1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.

2 And he said unto them, 1I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, 2Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

3 The Lord thy God, he 1will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.

4 And the Lord 1shall do unto them 2as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.

5 And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye 1may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.

6 Be 1strong and of a good courage, 2fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, 3he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

7 ¶ And Moses 1called 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.

8 And the Lord, 1he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: 2fear not, neither be dismayed.

9 ¶ And Moses wrote 1this law, and delivered it 2unto the priests the sons of Levi, which 3bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel.

10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At 1the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

11 When all Israel is come to 1appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, 2thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

12 1Gather the people together, 2men, 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:

13 And that their children, 1which have not known any thing, 2may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

14 ¶ 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 1I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And the 1Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

16 ¶ And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt asleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and 1go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will 2forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

17 Then 1my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and 2I will forsake them, and I will 3hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall abefall them; so that they will say in that day, 4Are not these evils come upon us, because 5our God is not among us?

18 And 1I 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.

19 Now therefore write ye 1this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: 2put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

20 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 1have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

21 And it shall come to pass, when 1many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify aagainst them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for 2I know their imagination which they bgo about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

22 ¶ Moses therefore 1wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, 1Be strong and of a good courage: for 2thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.

24 ¶ 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,

25 That Moses commanded the Levites, 1which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying,

26 Take this book of the law, and put it 1in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there 2for a witness against thee.

27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy 1stiff neck: behold, while I am 2yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death?

28 ¶ Gather unto me 1all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and 2call heaven and earth to record against them.

29 For I know that 1after my death ye will utterly 2corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil 3will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, 4to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.

Deuteronomy 31