Moses encourageth the people.
Deuteronomy 31:1 And Moses went and spake these wordes vnto all Israel, Deuteronomy 31:2 and sayd vnto them: I am an hundred and .xx. yeare olde thys daye, and can nomore go out and in. Also the Lorde hath sayde vnto me thou shalt not goo ouer thys Iordan. Deuteronomy 31:3 The Lorde your God he wyll go ouer before the, and he wyll destroye these nacyons before the, & thou shalt conquere them. And Iosua he shall go before the, as the Lorde hath sayde. Deuteronomy 31:4 And the Lorde shall do vnto them, as he dyd to Seon and Og kynges of the Amorites, and vnto the lande of them, whom he destroyed. Deuteronomy 31:5 And the Lorde shall geue them ouer before youre face, that ye maye do vnto them, accordinge vnto all the commaundementes which I haue commaunded you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Plucke vp youre hartes therfore, and be stronge, dreade not, nor be aferde of them: for the Lord thy God him selfe doth go wyth the. He shall not fayle þe, nor forsake the.
He encourageth Joshua.
Deuteronomy 31:7 And Moses called vnto Iosua, and sayde vnto hym in the syghte of all Israel: Be stronge & bolde, for thou must go with thys people vnto the lande, which the Lorde hath sworne vnto their fathers, to geue them, & thou shalt geue it them to enheret. Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lorde he doth go before þe: He shall not fayle the, neyther forsake the: feare not therfore, nor be discomforted.
He delivereth the Law unto the priests to read it in the seventh year to the people.
Deuteronomy 31:9 And Moses wrote this lawe, and delyuered it vnto the preastes the sonnes of Leui (whych bare the arcke of the testament of the Lorde) and vnto all the elders of Israel, Deuteronomy 31:10 & Moses commaunded them, sayinge: At the poynt of .vij. yeares in the solempnyte of the fre yeare, euen in the feast of Tabernacles, Deuteronomy 31:11 when all Israel is come to apeare before the Lord thy God, in the place whych he hath chosen: thou shalt reade thys lawe before all Israel in theyr eares. Deuteronomy 31:12 Gether the people together: men, wemen and chyldren, and the straunger that is wythin thy gates, that they maye heare, and lerne and feare the Lorde your God, and kepe, and obserue all the wordes of thys lawe, Deuteronomy 31:13 and that their chyldren whych knowe nothynge, maye heare, and lerne to feare the Lord your God, as longe as ye lyue in the lande, whether ye go ouer Iordan to possesse it.
God giveth a charge to Joshua,
Deuteronomy 31:14 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: Beholde thy dayes are come, þt thou must dye. Call Iosua therfore, and stande ye in the tabernacle of wytnesse, that I maye geue hym a charge. And Moses and Iosua went, and stode in the tabernacle of wytnesse: Deuteronomy 31:15 And the Lorde apeared in the tabernacle: euen in the pyller of the cloude. And the pyller of the cloude stode ouer the dore of the tabernacle.
Deuteronomy 31:16 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: beholde, thou shalt slepe wyth thy fathers, and thys people wyll ryse vp, and go a whorynge after straunge goddes of the lande (whether they go) and will forsake me, and breake the appoyntment, whych I haue made wyth them. Deuteronomy 31:17 And then my wrath wyll waxe whote agaynst them, and I wyll forsake them, and wyll hyde my face from them, & they shalbe consumed. And moch aduersyte and tribulacyons shall come vpon them, so that then they wyll saye: Are not these troubles come vpon me, because God is not wyth me? Deuteronomy 31:18 And I also wyll surely hyde awaye my face in that daye, for all the euels sake whych they shall haue wrought in that they are turned vnto straunge Goddes.
and a song to testify against the people.
Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therfore write ye thys songe for you, and teache it the chyldren of Israel, and put it in theyr mouthes, that thys songe maye be my wytnesse agaynst the chyldren of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:20 For I wyll bryng them into the lande, (which I sware vnto theyr fathers) that floweth wt mylke and honye, & they shall eate, and fyll them selues, and waxe fatt, and turne vnto straunge goddes, and serue them, and blaspheme me, and breake my couenaunt. Deuteronomy 31:21 And then when moch myschefe and tribulacyon is come vpon them, thys songe shall answere them, as a wytnesse. For it shall not be forgotten out of the mouthes of theyr seed: for I knowe theyr imaginacyon, whych they goo about euen nowe, before I haue broughte them into the lande which I sware.
Deuteronomy 31:22 Moses therfore wrote thys songe the same ceason, and taught it the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:23 And he gaue Iosua the sonne of Nun a charge, and sayd: be bolde, & stronge, for thou shalt bryng the chyldren of Israel into the lande, whych I sware vnto them, and I wyll be with the.
Moses delivereth the book of the Law to the Levites to keep.
Deuteronomy 31:24 And when Moses had made an ende of wrytynge out of the wordes of this lawe in a boke vnto the ende of them, Deuteronomy 31:25 Moses commaunded the Leuites, whych bare the arke of þe testament of the Lorde, sayinge: Deuteronomy 31:26 take ye the boke of thys lawe, and put it in the syde of the arcke of the testament of the Lorde your God, þt it maye be there for a witnesse against the: Deuteronomy 31:27 For I knowe thy stuburnesse and thy styffe necke: whyle I am yet a lyue with you this daye, ye haue bene disobedient vnto the Lord: and howe moch more after my death?
He maketh a protestation to the elders.
Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather vnto me all the elders of youre trybes, & youre offycers, that I maye speake these wordes in theyr eares, and call heauen, and erth to recorde agaynst them. Deuteronomy 31:29 For I am sure that after my death, ye wyll vtterly be corrupte, and turne from the waye whych I haue commaunded you, and tribulacyon wyll come vpon you in the later dayes, because ye shall haue wrought wyckednesse in the syght of the Lorde, to prouoke hym thorow the workes of your handes. Deuteronomy 31:30 And Moses spake in the eares of all the congregacion of Israel the wordes of thys songe, vntyll he had ended them.