Part 51,52.VI,VII “Behold, thy days approach”

Deuteronomy 31
51,52.vi.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Behold, thy days approach that thou
must die; call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may
give him a charge.’

And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the
tent of meeting. 15 And the LORD appeared in the Tent in a
pillar of cloud; and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the Tent. 16 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Behold, thou art about to
sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go astray after the
foreign gods of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake Me,
and break My covenant which I have made with them. 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 devoured, and many evils and
troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day:
Are not these
evils come upon us because our God is not among us? 18 And
I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have
wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 19 Now
therefore write ye this song for you, and teach thou it the children of Israel;
put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the
children of Israel. VII20 For when I shall have brought them
into the land which I swore unto their fathers, flowing with milk and honey; and
they shall have eaten their fill, and waxen fat; and turned unto other gods, and
served them, and despised Me, and broken My covenant; 21
then it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are come upon them,
that this song shall testify before them as a witness; for it shall not be
forgotten out of the mouths of their seed; for I know their imagination how they
do even now, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.’ 22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it the
children of Israel. 23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a
charge, and said:

‘Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt bring the
children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them; and I will be with
thee.’

24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end
of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites, that bore the ark of the
covenant of the LORD, saying:

26 ‘Take this book of the
law, and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God,
that it may be there for a witness against thee. 27 For I
know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck; behold, while I am yet alive with you
this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my
death? 28 Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes,
and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven
and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that
after my death ye will in any wise deal corruptly, and turn aside from the way
which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the end of days; because
ye will do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him through
the work of your hands.’

30 And Moses spoke in the ears of
all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished:
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