Moses encourageth the people.
Deuteronomy 31:1 And Moses went & spake these wordes vnto all Israel. Deuteronomy 31:2 And hee saide vnto them, I [am] an hundred and twentie yeeres old this day; I can no more goe out and come in: also the LORD hath said vnto mee, Thou shalt not goe ouer this Iordan. Deuteronomy 31:3 The LORD thy God, hee will goe ouer before thee, [and] he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possesse them: [and] Ioshua, hee shall goe ouer before thee, as the LORD hath said. Deuteronomy 31:4 And the LORD shall doe vnto them, as hee did to Sihon, and to Og Kings of the Amorites, and vnto the land of them, whom he destroyed. Deuteronomy 31:5 And the LORD shall giue them vp before your face, that ye may doe vnto them according vnto all the Commandements which I haue commanded you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong, and of a good courage, feare not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doeth goe with thee, he will not faile thee, nor forsake thee.
He encourageth Joshua.
Deuteronomy 31:7 And Moses called vnto Ioshua, and said vnto him in the sight of all Israel, Bee strong, and of a good courage: for thou must goe with this people vnto the land, which the LORD hath sworne vnto their fathers to giue them; and thou shalt cause them to inherite it. Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he [it is] that doth goe before thee, he will be with thee, hee will not faile thee, neither forsake thee: feare not, neither be dismayed.
He delivereth the Law unto the priests to read it in the seventh year to the people.
Deuteronomy 31:9 And Moses wrote this Law, and deliuered it vnto the Priests the sonnes of Leui, which bare the Arke of the Couenant of the LORD, and vnto all the Elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of [euery] seuen yeeres, in the solemnitie of the yeere of release, in the feast of Tabernacles, Deuteronomy 31:11 When all Israel is come to appeare before the LORD thy God, in the place which hee shall choose; thou shalt reade this Law before all Israel, in their hearing. Deuteronomy 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates, that they may heare, and that they may learne, and feare the LORD your God, and obserue to doe all the wordes of this Law: Deuteronomy 31:13 And [that] their children which haue not knowen [any thing], may heare, and learne to feare the LORD your God, as long as yee liue in the land, whither ye goe ouer Iordan to possesse it.
God giveth a charge to Joshua,
Deuteronomy 31:14 And the LORD saide vnto Moses, Beholde, thy dayes approach that thou must die: call Ioshua, and present your selues in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, that I may giue him a charge. And Moses and Ioshua went and presented themselues in the Tabernacle of the Congregation. Deuteronomy 31:15 And the LORD appeared in the Tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloude stood ouer the doore of the Tabernacle.
Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD saide vnto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleepe with thy fathers, and this people wil rise vp, and goe a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land whither they goe [to be] amongst them, and wil forsake me, and breake my couenant which I haue made with them. Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be deuoured, and many euils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, Are not these euils come vpon vs, because our God is not amongst vs? Deuteronomy 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day, for all the euils which they shal haue wrought, in that they are turned vnto other gods.
and a song to testify against the people.
Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore, write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouthes, that this song may be a witnesse for mee, against the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:20 For when I shall haue brought them into the land which I sware vnto their fathers, that floweth with milke and hony; and they shall haue eaten and filled themselues, and waxen fat; then will they turne vnto other gods, and serue them, and prouoke me, and breake my couenant. Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to passe, when many euils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testifie against them as a witnesse: for it shall not bee forgotten out of the mouthes of their seed: for I know their imagination which they goe about euen now, before I haue brought them into the land, which I sware.
Deuteronomy 31:22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:23 And he gaue Ioshua the sonne of Nun a charge, and said, Bee strong, and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware vnto them: and I will be with thee.
Moses delivereth the book of the Law to the Levites to keep.
Deuteronomy 31:24 And it came to passe when Moses had made an ende of writing the wordes of this Law in a booke, vntill they were finished, Deuteronomy 31:25 That Moses commaunded the Leuites which bare the Arke of the Couenant of the LORD, saying, Deuteronomy 31:26 Take this booke of the Law, and put it in the side of the Arke of the Couenant of the LORD your God, that it may bee there for a witnesse against thee. Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiffe necke: Beholde, while I am yet aliue with you this day, yee haue bene rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?
He maketh a protestation to the elders.
Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather vnto mee all the Elders of your tribes, and your Officers, that I may speake these words in their eares, and call heauen and earth to record against them. Deuteronomy 31:29 For I know, that after my death yee will vtterly corrupt [your selues], and turne aside from the way, which I haue commauded you: and euil wil befall you in the latter dayes, because yee wil doe euil in the sight of the LORD, to prouoke him to anger through the worke of your hands. Deuteronomy 31:30 And Moses spake in the eares of al the Cogregation of Israel the words of this song, vntill they were ended.