Moses' song, which setteth forth God's mercy and vengeance.
Deuteronomy 32:1 Giue eare, O yee heauens, and I will speake; And heare, O earth, the words of my mouth. Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the raine: my speech shall distill as the deaw, as the smal raine vpon the tender herbe, and as the showres vpon the grasse. Deuteronomy 32:3 Because I wil publish the Name of the LORD: ascribe yee greatnesse vnto our God. Deuteronomy 32:4 [He is] the rocke, his worke [is] perfect: for all his wayes [are] Iudgement: A God of trueth, and without iniquity, iust and right [is] he. Deuteronomy 32:5 They haue corrupted themselues, their spot is not [the spot] of his children: [they are] a peruerse and crooked generation. Deuteronomy 32:6 Doe ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people, & vnwise? Is not he thy Father [that] hath bought thee? Hath he not made thee, and established thee?
Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the dayes of olde, consider the yeeres of many generations: aske thy father, and he will shewe thee, thy Elders, and they wil tell thee. Deuteronomy 32:8 When the most High diuided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sonnes of Adam, hee set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORDS portion [is] his people: Iacob [is] the lot of his inheritance. Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wildernesse: Hee ledde him about, he instructed him, hee kept him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:11 As an Eagle stirreth vp her nest, fluttereth ouer her yong, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: Deuteronomy 32:12 [So] the LORD alone did leade him, and there was no strange God with him. Deuteronomy 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eate the increase of the fields, and he made him to sucke hony out of the rocke, and oyle out of the flintie rocke, Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of kine, & milke of sheepe, with fat of lambes, and rammes of the breed of Bashan, & goats, with the fat of kidneis of wheat, and thou diddest drinke the pure blood of the grape.
Deuteronomy 32:15 But Iesurun waxed fat, and kicked: Thou art waxen fat, thou art growen thicke, thou art couered [with fatnes]: then he forsooke God [which] made him, and lightly esteemed the Rocke of his saluation. Deuteronomy 32:16 They prouoked him to ielousie with strange [gods], with abominations prouoked they him to anger. Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed vnto deuils, not to God: to gods whom they knew not, to new [gods, that] came newly vp, whom your fathers feared not. Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rocke that begate thee thou art vnmindfull, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. Deuteronomy 32:19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred [them], because of the prouoking of his sonnes, & of his daughters. Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their ende [shall be]: for they [are] a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. Deuteronomy 32:21 They haue mooued me to ielousie with [that which is] not god, they haue prouoked me to anger with their vanities: And I will moue them to ielousie with [those which are] not a people, I will prouoke them to anger with a foolish nation. Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burne vnto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountaines. Deuteronomy 32:23 I will heape mischiefes vpon them, I will spend mine arrowes vpon them. Deuteronomy 32:24 [They shall bee] burnt with hunger and deuoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts vpon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. Deuteronomy 32:25 The sword without, and terrour within shall destroy both the yong man, and the virgin, the suckling [also] with the man of gray haires. Deuteronomy 32:26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease fro among men: Deuteronomy 32:27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemie, lest their aduersaries should behaue themselues strangely, [and] lest they should say, Our hande is high, and the LORD hath not done all this. Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation voide of counsel, neither is there any vnderstanding in them. Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they vnderstood this, that they would consider their latter end. Deuteronomy 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rocke had sold them, and the LORD had shut them vp? Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rocke is not as our Rocke, euen our enemies themselues being iudges. Deuteronomy 32:32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodome, and of the fields of Gomorah: their grapes [are] grapes of gall, their clusters [are] bitter. Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruell venime of Aspes. Deuteronomy 32:34 Is not this laide vp in store with me, [and] sealed vp among my treasures? Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence, their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamitie is at hand, and the things that shal come vpon them, make haste. Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall iudge his people, and repent himselfe for his seruants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone; and there is none shut vp, or left. Deuteronomy 32:37 And he shall say, where [are] their gods? Their Rocke in whom they trusted; Deuteronomy 32:38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, & dranke the wine of their drinke offerings? Let them rise vp and helpe you, [and] be your protection. Deuteronomy 32:39 See now, that I, [euen] I am he, and there is no god with mee; I kill, and I make aliue: I wound, and I heale: neither is there any that can deliuer out of my hand. Deuteronomy 32:40 For I lift vp my hand to heauen, and say, I liue for euer. Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take holde on Iudgement, I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. Deuteronomy 32:42 I will make mine arrowes drunke with blood, (and my sword shal deuoure flesh) [and that] with the blood of the slaine, and of the captiues, from the beginning of reuenges vpon the enemie. Deuteronomy 32:43 Reioyce, O ye nations [with] his people, for he will auenge the blood of his seruants, and will render vengeance to his aduersaries, and wil be mercifull vnto his land, [and] to his people.
Deuteronomy 32:44 And Moses came and spake all the wordes of this song in the eares of the people, he and Hoshea the sonne of Nun. Deuteronomy 32:45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel.
He exhorteth them to set their hearts upon it.
Deuteronomy 32:46 And hee said vnto them, Set your hearts vnto all the wordes which I testifie among you this day, which yee shall commaund your children to obserue to doe all the wordes of this Law. Deuteronomy 32:47 For it [is] not a vaine thing for you: because it is your life, and through this thing yee shall prolong [your] dayes, in the land whither yee goe ouer Iordan to possesse it.
God sendeth him up to mount Nebo, to see the land, and die.
Deuteronomy 32:48 And the LORD spake vnto Moses that selfe same day, saying, Deuteronomy 32:49 Get thee vp into this mountaine Abarim, vnto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is ouer against Iericho, and behold the land of Canaan which I giue vnto the children of Israel for a possession: Deuteronomy 32:50 And die in the mount whither thou goest vp, and bee gathered vnto thy people, as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered vnto his people: Deuteronomy 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel, at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the wildernesse of Zin: because yee sanctified mee not in the midst of the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:52 Yet thou shalt see the land before [thee], but thou shalt not goe thither vnto the land which I giue the children of Israel.