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hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.u
2 Let my teaching fall like rainv
and my words descend like dew,w
like showersx on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants.
Oh, praise the greatnessa of our God!
and all his ways are just.
A faithful Godd who does no wrong,
to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.g
6 Is this the way you repayh the Lord,
who made you and formed you?l
7 Remember the days of old;m
consider the generations long past.n
Ask your father and he will tell you,
your elders, and they will explain to you.o
8 When the Most Highp gave the nations their inheritance,
when he divided all mankind,q
he set up boundariesr for the peoples
9 For the Lord’s portiont is his people,
Jacob his allotted inheritance.u
10 In a desertv land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.w
He shieldedx him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,y
and hovers over its young,z
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft.a
no foreign god was with him.d
13 He made him ride on the heightse of the land
and fed him with the fruit of the fields.
He nourished him with honey from the rock,f
and with oilg from the flinty crag,
and with fattened lambs and goats,
with choice rams of Bashanh
and the finest kernels of wheat.i
You drank the foaming blood of the grape.j
filled with food, they became heavy and sleek.
They abandonedm the God who made them
and rejected the Rockn their Savior.
16 They made him jealouso with their foreign gods
and angeredp him with their detestable idols.
gods they had not known,s
gods that recently appeared,t
gods your ancestors did not fear.
you forgotu the God who gave you birth.
19 The Lord saw this and rejected themv
because he was angered by his sons and daughters.w
20 “I will hide my facex from them,” he said,
“and see what their end will be;
for they are a perverse generation,y
children who are unfaithful.z
21 They made me jealousa by what is no god
and angered me with their worthless idols.b
I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.c
22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,d
one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.e
and set afire the foundations of the mountains.h
23 “I will heap calamitiesi on them
and spend my arrowsj against them.
24 I will send wasting faminek against them,
I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,n
The young men and young women will perish,
the infants and those with gray hair.s
26 I said I would scattert them
and erase their name from human memory,u
lest the adversary misunderstandv
and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;
the Lord has not done all this.’ ”w
there is no discernmentx in them.
29 If only they were wise and would understand thisy
and discern what their end will be!z
or two put ten thousand to flight,a
unless their Rock had sold them,b
unless the Lord had given them up?c
31 For their rock is not like our Rock,d
as even our enemies concede.e
32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodomf
and from the fields of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison,g
and their clusters with bitterness.h
the deadly poison of cobras.i
and sealed it in my vaults?j
In due time their foot will slip;m
their day of disaster is near
and their doom rushes upon them.n”
36 The Lord will vindicate his peopleo
when he sees their strength is gone
the rock they took refuge in,s
and drank the wine of their drink offerings?t
Let them rise up to help you!
Let them give you shelter!
39 “See now that I myself am he!u
There is no god besides me.v
I have wounded and I will heal,y
and no one can deliver out of my hand.z
40 I lift my handa to heaven and solemnly swear:
As surely as I live forever,b
41 when I sharpen my flashing swordc
and my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeanced on my adversaries
and repay those who hate me.e
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,f
while my sword devours flesh:g
the blood of the slain and the captives,
the heads of the enemy leaders.”
for he will avenge the blood of his servants;i
he will take vengeance on his enemiesj
and make atonement for his land and people.k
44 Moses came with Joshuag l son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day,m so that you may commandn your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.o By them you will live longp in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
48 On that same day the Lord told Moses,q 49 “Go up into the Abarimr Range to Mount Nebos in Moab, across from Jericho,t and view Canaan,u the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will diev and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron diedw on Mount Horx and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadeshy in the Desert of Zinz and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.a 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance;b you will not enterc the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
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