Moses encourageth the people.
Deuteronomy 31:1 And Moses went, and spake these words, unto all Israel; Deuteronomy 31:2 and said unto themA hundred and twenty years old, am I today, I can no more go out and come in,Yahweh, indeed hath said unto me, Thou shall not pass over this Jordan. Deuteronomy 31:3 Yahweh thy God, is passing over before thee, he, will destroy these nations from before thee, so shalt thou dispossess them,Joshua, is passing over before thee, as Yahweh hath spoken. Deuteronomy 31:4 So will Yahweh do unto them as he did unto Sihon and unto Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them whom he destroyed. Deuteronomy 31:5 So will Yahweh deliver them up before you,and ye shall do unto themaccording to all the commandment which I have commanded you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be firm and bold, do not fear nor tremble, because of them,for, Yahweh thy God, it is who is going with thee, he will not fail thee nor forsake thee.
He encourageth Joshua.
Deuteronomy 31:7 And Moses called for Joshua, and said unto him, in the sight of all Israel, Be firm and bold, for, thou, shalt go with this people, into the land which Yahweh sware unto their fathers, to give unto them, and, thou, shalt cause them to inherit it. Deuteronomy 31:8 But, Yahweh, it is who is going before thee, he, will be with thee, he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee,thou must not fear, nor 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 delivered it unto the priests, the sons of Levi, who were bearing the ark of the covenant of Yahweh,and unto all the elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying,At the end of seven years, in the appointed season of the year of release, during the festival of booths; Deuteronomy 31:11 when all Israel cometh in to see the face of Yahweh thy God, in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel, in their hearing. Deuteronomy 31:12 Call together the peoplethe men, and the women, and the little ones, and thy sojourner, who is within thy gates,that they may hear, and that they may learn, so shall they revere Yahweh your God, and observe to do all the words of this law; Deuteronomy 31:13 and that, their children who know not, may hear and learn, that they may revere Yahweh your God,all the days that ye are living upon the soil, which ye are passing over the Jordan, to possess.
God giveth a charge to Joshua,
Deuteronomy 31:14 Then said Yahweh unto Moses: Lo! thy days have drawn near, that thou must die. Call Joshua, and station yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may command him. So Moses went, with Joshua, and they took their station in the tent of meeting. Deuteronomy 31:15 And Yahweh appeared in the tent, in a pillar of cloud,and the pillar of cloud stood, at the entrance of the tent.
Deuteronomy 31:16 Then said Yahweh unto Moses, Lo! thou art about to sleep with thy fathers,and this people will rise up, and go away unchastely after the gods of the foreigners of the land, into the midst of whom they are entering, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I solemnised with them. Deuteronomy 31:17 Then will mine anger kindle upon them in that day, and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be consumed, and many calamities and misfortunes shall find them out,and they will say, in that day, Is it not because my God is not in my midst, that these calamities have found me out? Deuteronomy 31:18 But, I, will utterly, hide, my face, in that day, because of all the wickedness which they have done, in that they have turned away unto other gods.
and a song to testify against the people.
Deuteronomy 31:19 Now, therefore, write ye for you this Song, and teach it unto the sons of Israel, put it in their mouths,that this Song may become for me, a witness, against the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:20 When I bring them upon the soil which I sware unto their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they shall eat and be filled, and wax fat, then will they turn away unto other gods and serve them, and despise me, and break my covenant. Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many calamities and misfortunes shall find them out, then shall this Song respond to their face, as a witness, for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouth of their seed, for I know their imagination, which they are forming today, ere yet I bring them into the land of which I sware unto their fathers.
Deuteronomy 31:22 Moses, therefore, wrote this Song, on that day,and taught it unto the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:23 And he commanded Joshua, son of Nun, and saidBe firm and bold, for, thou, shalt bring the sons of Israel into the land which I have sworn to 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 pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law, upon a scroll,until he had finished them, Deuteronomy 31:25 then Moses commanded the Levites, who were bearing the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, saying: Deuteronomy 31:26 Take this scroll of the law, and put it at the side of the ark of the covenant of Yahweh your God,so shall it be there in thy midst as a witness. Deuteronomy 31:27 For, I, know thy perverseness, and thy stiff neck,lo! while I am yet alive with you today, ye are, quarrelling, with Yahweh, and how much more after my death?
He maketh a protestation to the elders.
Deuteronomy 31:28 Call together unto me, all the elders of your tribes, and your officers,and let me speak in their hearing these words, and let me take to witness against them the heavens and the earth. Deuteronomy 31:29 For I know that, after my death, ye will, break faith, and turn aside out of the way which I have commanded you,and calamity will befall you, in the afterpart of the days, because ye will do the thing that is wicked in the eyes of Yahweh, to provoke him with the work of your own hands. Deuteronomy 31:30 So Moses spake in the hearing of all the convocation of Israel the words of this Song, until they were ended: