Debarim 31:1-30

Deuteronomy 31

1 And Mosheh went and spoke these words to all Yisra'ĕl,

2 and he said to them, "I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. And יהוה has said to me, ‘You do not pass over this Yardĕn.'

3 "יהוה your Elohim Himself is passing over before you. He shall destroy these nations from before you and you possess them. Yahoshua himself is passing over before you, as יהוה has spoken.

4 "And יהוה shall do to them as He did to Siḥon and to Oḡ, the sovereigns of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them.

5 "And יהוה shall give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to all the Command which I have commanded you.

6 "Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be afraid of them. For it is יהוה your Elohim who is going with you. He does not fail you nor forsake you."

7  And Mosheh called Yahoshua and said to him before the eyes of all Yisra'ĕl, "Be strong and courageous, for you are going with this people to the land which יהוה has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you are to let them inherit it.

8 "And it is יהוה who is going before you, He Himself is with you. He does not fail you nor forsake you. Do not fear nor be discouraged."

9 And Mosheh wrote this Torah and gave it to the kohenim, the sons of Lĕwi, who bore the ark of the Covenant of יהוה, and to all the elders of Yisra'ĕl.

10 And Mosheh commanded them, saying, "At the end of seven years, at the Appointed Time, the year of release, at the Festival of Sukkoth,

11 when all Yisra'ĕl comes to appear before יהוה your Elohim in the place which He chooses, read this Torah before all Yisra'ĕl in their hearing.

12 "Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and your sojourner who is within your gates, so that they hear, and so that they learn to revere יהוה your Elohim and guard to do all the Words of this Torah.

13  "And their children, who have not known it, should hear and learn to revere יהוה your Elohim as long as you live in the land you are passing over the Yardĕn to possess."

14 And יהוה said to Mosheh, "See, the days have drawn near for you to die. Call Yahoshua, and present yourselves in the Tent of Appointment, so that I command him." And Mosheh and Yahoshua went and presented themselves in the Tent of Appointment.

15 And יהוה appeared at the Tent in a column of a cloud, and the column of a cloud stood above the door of the Tent.

16 And יהוה said to Mosheh, "See, you are about to sleep with your fathers. And this people shall rise and whore after the mighty ones of the strangers of the land into the midst of which they shall enter, and forsake Me and break My Covenant which I have made with them.

17 "Then My displeasure shall burn against them in that day, and I shall forsake them and hide My face from them, and they shall be consumed. And many evils and distresses shall come upon them, and it shall be said in that day, ‘Is it not because our Elohim is not in our midst that these evils have come upon us?'

18 "And I shall certainly hide My face in that day, because of all the evil which they have done, for they shall turn to other mighty ones.

19 "And now write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Yisra'ĕl. Put it in their mouths, so that this song is to Me for a witness against the children of Yisra'ĕl.

20  "And I shall bring them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they shall eat and be satisfied and be fat, then they shall turn to other mighty ones, and they shall serve them, and scorn Me and break My Covenant.

21 "And it shall be, when many evils and distresses come upon them, that this song shall answer before them as a witness. For it is not to be forgotten in the mouths of their seed, for I know their thoughts which they are forming today, even before I bring them to the land of which I swore to give them."

22 And Mosheh wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Yisra'ĕl.

23 And He commanded Yahoshua son of Nun, and said, "Be strong and courageous, for you are to bring the children of Yisra'ĕl into the land of which I swore to them, and I Myself am with you."

24 And it came to be, when Mosheh had completed writing the Words of this Torah in a book, until their completion,

25 that Mosheh commanded the Lĕwites, who bore the ark of the covenant of יהוה, saying,

26 "Take this Book of the Torah, and you shall place it beside the ark of the covenant of יהוה your Elohim, and it shall be there as a witness against you,

27 for I myself know your rebellion and your stiff neck. See, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against יהוה, then how much more after my death?

28  "Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, so that I speak these words in their hearing and call the shamayim and the earth to witness against them.

29 "For I know that after my death you shall do very corruptly and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil shall come to you in the latter days, because you do what is evil in the eyes of יהוה, to provoke Him through the work of your hands."

30 So Mosheh spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Yisra'ĕl the words of this song till their completion: