Moses' song, which setteth forth God's mercy and vengeance.
Deuteronomy 32:1 Hearken, ye heauens, and I will speake: and let the earth heare the words of my mouth. Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the raine, and my speech shal stil as the dew, as the showre vpo the herbes, and as the great raine vpon the grasse. Deuteronomy 32:3 For I will publish the name of the Lorde: giue ye glorie vnto our God. Deuteronomy 32:4 Perfect is the worke of the mighty God: for all his wayes are iudgement. God is true, and without wickednesse: iust, and righteous is he. Deuteronomy 32:5 They haue corrupted them selues towarde him by their vice, not being his children, but a frowarde and crooked generation. Deuteronomy 32:6 Doe ye so rewarde the Lorde, O foolish people and vnwise? is not he thy father, that hath bought thee? he hath made thee, and proportioned thee.
Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the dayes of olde: consider the yeeres of so many generations: aske thy father, and he will shewe thee: thine Elders, and they will tell thee. Deuteronomy 32:8 When the most hie God deuided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sonnes of Adam, he appoynted the borders of the people, according to the nomber of the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:9 For the Lordes portion is his people: Iaakob is the lot of his inheritance. Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in ye land of ye wildernes, in a waste, & roaring wildernes: he led him about, he taught him, and kept him as ye apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stereth vp her nest, flootereth ouer her birdes, stretcheth out her wings, taketh them, and beareth them on her wings, Deuteronomy 32:12 So the Lorde alone led him, and there was no strange god with him. Deuteronomy 32:13 He caryed him vp to the hie places of the earth, that he might eate the fruites of the fieldes, and he caused him to sucke hony out of the stone, and oyle out of the hard rocke: Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of kine, and milke of sheepe with fat of the lambes, and rammes fed in Bashan, and goates, with the fat of the graines of wheat, and the red licour of the grape hast thou drunke.
Deuteronomy 32:15 But he that should haue bene vpright, when he waxed fat, spurned with his heele: thou art fat, thou art grosse, thou art laden with fatnes: therefore he forsooke God that made him, and regarded not the strong God of his saluation. Deuteronomy 32:16 They prouoked him with strange gods: they prouoked him to anger with abominations. Deuteronomy 32:17 They offred vnto deuils, not to God, but to gods whome they knew not: new gods that came newly vp, whome their fathers feared not. Deuteronomy 32:18 Thou hast forgotten the mightie God that begate thee, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. Deuteronomy 32:19 The Lorde then sawe it, and was angrie, for the prouocation of his sonnes and of his daughters. Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from the: I will see what their ende shalbe: for they are a frowarde generation, children in who is no faith. Deuteronomy 32:21 They haue moued 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 no people: I wil prouoke them to anger with a foolish nation. Deuteronomy 32:22 For fire is kindled in my wrath, and shall burne vnto the bottome of hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountaines. Deuteronomy 32:23 I will spend plagues vpon them: I will bestowe mine arrowes vpon them. Deuteronomy 32:24 They shalbe burnt with hunger, and consumed with heate, and with bitter destruction: I will also sende the teeth of beastes vpon them, with the venime of serpents creeping in the dust. Deuteronomy 32:25 The sworde shall kill them without, and in the chambers feare: both the yong man and the yong woman, the suckeling with the man of gray heare. Deuteronomy 32:26 I haue said, I would scatter them abroade: I would make their remembrance to cease from among men, Deuteronomy 32:27 Saue that I feared the furie of the enemie, least their aduersaries should waxe proude, and least they should say, Our hie hande and not the Lorde hath done all this: Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation voide of counsel, neither is there any vnderstanding in them. Deuteronomy 32:29 Oh that they were wise, then they would vnderstand this: they would consider their latter ende. Deuteronomy 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, & two put ten thousande to flight, except their strong God had sold the, & the Lord had shut them vp? Deuteronomy 32:31 For their god is not as our God, euen our enemies being iudges. Deuteronomy 32:32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the vines of Gomorah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters be bitter. Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poyson of dragons, and the cruel gall of aspes. Deuteronomy 32:34 Is not this laide in store with me, and sealed vp among my treasures? Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance and recompence are mine: their foote shall slide in due time: for the day of their destruction is at hand, and the things that shall come vpon them, make haste. Deuteronomy 32:36 For the Lorde shall iudge his people, and repent towarde his seruants, when hee seeth that their power is gone, and none shut vp in holde nor left abroad. Deuteronomy 32:37 When men shal say, Where are their gods, their mighty God in whome they trusted, Deuteronomy 32:38 Which did eate the fat of their sacrifices, & did drinke the wine of their drinke offring? let them rise vp, & help you: let him be your refuge. Deuteronomy 32:39 Behold now, for I, I am he, and there is no gods with me: I kill, and giue life: I wound, and I make whole: neither is there any that can deliuer out of mine hand. Deuteronomy 32:40 For I lift vp mine hand to heauen, & say, I liue for euer. Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet my glittering sworde, and mine hand take holde on iudgement, I will execute vengeance on mine enemies, and will rewarde them that hate me. Deuteronomy 32:42 I will make mine arrowes drunke with blood, (& my sword shal eate flesh) for the blood of the slaine, and of the captiues, when I beginne to take vengeance of the enemie. Deuteronomy 32:43 Ye nations, praise his people: for he will auenge the blood of his seruants, and will execute vengeance vpon his aduersaries, and will bee mercifull vnto his lande, and to his people.
Deuteronomy 32:44 Then Moses came and spake all ye words of this song in the audience of the people, he and Hoshea the sonne of Nun. Deuteronomy 32:45 When Moses had made an end of speaking all these wordes to all Israel,
He exhorteth them to set their hearts upon it.
Deuteronomy 32:46 Then hee said vnto them, Set your heartes vnto all the wordes which I testifie against you this day, that ye may commande them vnto your children, that they may obserue and doo all the wordes of this Lawe. Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is no vaine worde concerning you, but it is your life, and by this worde ye shall prolong your dayes in the land, whither yee go ouer Iorden 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 the selfe same day, saying, Deuteronomy 32:49 Goe vp into the mountaine of Abarim, vnto the mount Nebo, which is in the lande of Moab, that is ouer against Iericho: and beholde the lande of Canaan, which I giue vnto the children of Israel for a possession, Deuteronomy 32:50 And die in the mount which thou goest vp vnto, and thou shalt be gathered vnto thy people, as Aaro 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, at Kadesh in the wildernesse of Zin: for ye sanctified me not among the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:52 Thou shalt therefore see the lande before thee, but shalt not go thither, I meane, into the land which I giue the children of Israel.