Deuteronomy 31



1 And Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.

2 And he said to them, A son of a hundred and twenty years am I today; I am· not ·able any·​·more to go·​·out and to come·​·in; and Jehovah has said to me, Thou shalt not cross·​·over this Jordan.

3 Jehovah thy God, He will cross·​·over before thee, and He will blot·​·out these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them. Joshua, he shall cross·​·over before thee, as Jehovah has spoken.

4 And Jehovah shall do to them as He did to Sihon and to Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to the land of them, whom He blotted·​·out.

5 And Jehovah shall put them before your face, that you may do to them according·​·to all the commandments which I have commanded you.

6 Be firm and have·​·courage, fear not, nor be terrified of their faces; for Jehovah thy God, He is walking with thee; He will not let·​·go of thee, nor forsake thee.

7 And Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the eyes of all Israel, Be firm and have·​·courage; for thou shalt go·​·in with this people to the land which Jehovah has promised to their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

8 And Jehovah, He is walking before thee; He will be with thee, He will not let·​·go of thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be·​·dismayed.

9 And Moses wrote this law, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and to all the elders of Israel.

10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the festival of shelters*,

11 when all Israel is come to be seen before Jehovah thy God in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their ears.

12 Assemble the people, men, and women, and children, and thy sojourner that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Jehovah your God, and observe to do all the words of this law;

13 and that their sons, who have· not ·known, may hear, and learn to fear Jehovah your God, all the days that you live on the ground whither you cross·​·over the Jordan to possess it.

14 And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, thy days to die are·​·near; call Joshua, and stand·​·forth in the Tabernacle of the congregation, that I may command him. And Moses and Joshua went, and stood·​·forth in the Tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And Jehovah was seen in the Tabernacle in a pillar of cloud; and the pillar of the cloud stood over the entrance of the Tabernacle.

16 And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, thou shalt lie·​·down with thy fathers; and this people will rise·​·up and commit·​·harlotry after the gods of the foreigners of the land, whither they come in among them, and will forsake Me, and make· My covenant ·of·​·none·​·effect which I have cut with them.

17 And My anger shall be·​·fierce against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and adversities shall find them; and he will say in that day, Have not these evils found me, because my God is not with me?

18 And hiding I will hide My face in that day for all the evils which they shall have done, in that they are turned to other gods.

19 And now write ye this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; set it in their mouths, so·​·that this song may be for Me for a witness among the sons of Israel.

20 For when I shall have brought him* to the ground which I promised to his fathers, that flows with milk and honey; and he shall eat and be·​·satisfied, and become·​·fat; and he will turn to other gods, and serve them, and disdain Me, and make· My covenant ·of·​·none·​·effect.

21 And it shall be, when many evils and adversities have found him, that this song shall answer before him for a witness; for it shall not be forgotten from the mouth of his seed; for I know what he has formed in his thoughts, which he is doing today, before I have brought him to the land which I promised.

22 And Moses wrote this song in that day, and taught it to the sons of Israel.

23 And He gave Joshua the son of Nun a command, and said, Be firm and have·​·courage; for thou shalt bring the sons of Israel into the land which I promised to them: and I will be with thee.

24 And it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this law on a book, until they were finished,

25 that Moses commanded the Levites, which bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying,

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

27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck; behold, while I am yet living with you today, you have rebelled against Jehovah; and how much more* after my death?

28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call· the heavens and the earth ·to·​·testify against them.

29 For I know that after my death corrupting you will corrupt yourselves, and turn·​·aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the later days; for you will do evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to provoke Him by the deed of your hands.

30 And Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.