1“Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak. Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2My doctrine will drop as the rain. My speech will condense as the dew, as the small rain on the tender grass, as the showers on the herb.
3For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh. Ascribe greatness to our God!
4The Rock! His work is perfect, for all his ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5They have dealt corruptly with him. They are not his children because of their defect. They are a perverse and crooked generation.
6Do you thus requite Yahweh, foolish people and unwise? Is he not your father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.
7Remember the days of old. Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.
8When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the children of men, he set the bounds of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.
9For Yahweh’s portion is his people. Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10He found him in a desert land, in the waste howling wilderness. He surrounded him. He cared for him. He kept him as the apple of his eye.
11As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, he spread abroad his wings, he took them, he carried them on his feathers.
12Yahweh alone led him. There was no foreign god with him.
13He made him ride on the high places of the earth. He ate the increase of the field. He caused him to suck honey out of the rock, oil out of the flinty rock;
14Butter of the herd and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the finest of the wheat. Of the blood of the grape you drank wine.
15But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked. You have grown fat. You have grown thick. You have become sleek. Then he forsook God who made him and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16They moved him to jealousy with strange gods. With abominations they made him angry.
17They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods that they did not know, to new gods that came up recently that your fathers did not dread.
18Of the Rock who became your father, you are unmindful, and have forgotten God who gave you birth.
19Yahweh saw this and scorned them, because he was angered by his sons and his daughters.
20He said, ‘I will hide my face from them. I will see what their end will be, for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.
21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God. They have made me angry by their vanities. I will move them to jealousy with those who are not a people. I will make them angry by a foolish nation.
22For a fire is kindled in my anger, burns to the lowest Sheol, devours the earth with its increase and sets the foundations of the mountains on fire.
23I will heap evils on them. I will use up all my arrows on them.
24They will be wasted with hunger and devoured with burning heat and bitter destruction. I will send the teeth of animals on them, with the poison of crawling things of the dust.
25Outside the sword will bereave, and in the rooms, terror; on both young man and virgin, the nursing infant with the gray–haired man.
26I said I would scatter them afar. I would make their memory to cease from among men;
27were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy, lest their adversaries should judge wrongly, lest they should say, “Our hand is exalted, Yahweh has not done all this.”
28For they are a nation void of counsel. There is no understanding in them.
29Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30How could one chase 1,000, and two put 10,000 to flight unless their Rock had sold them, and Yahweh had given them up?
31For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, of the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter.
33Their wine is the poison of serpents, The cruel venom of asps.
34‘Is this not laid up in store with me, sealed up among my treasures?
35Vengeance is mine, and payback, at the time when their foot slips, for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things prepared for them come speedily.’
36For Yahweh will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees that their power is gone, and there is none remaining to help, slave or free.
37Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods, the rock in whom they took refuge,
38who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise up and help you! Let them be your protection.
39See now that I, even I, am he. There is no god with me. I kill and I make alive. I wound and I heal. There is no one who can deliver out of my hand.
40For I lift up my hand to heaven to swear, and say, “As I live forever,
41if I whet my glittering sword, my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to my adversaries and will recompense those who hate me.
42I will make my arrows drunk with blood. My sword will devour flesh with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the head of the leaders of the enemy.”
43“Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants. He will render vengeance to his adversaries and will make expiation for his land, for his people.”
44Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he and Joshua the son of Nun.
45Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel.
46He said to them, “Set your heart to all the words that I testify to you this day, which you may command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
47For it is no vain thing for you because it is your life, and through this thing you will prolong your days in the land where you go over the Jordan to possess it.”
48Yahweh spoke to Moses that same day, saying,
49“Go up into this mountain of Abarim, to Mount Nebo that is in the land of Moab that is over against Jericho, and see the land of Canaan that I give to the children of Israel for a possession;
50and die on the mountain where you go up, and be gathered to your people as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people:
51because you trespassed against me in the midst of the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah of Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you didn’t sanctify me in the midst of the children of Israel.
52For you will see the land before you, but you will not go there into the land that I give the children of Israel.”