Deuteronomy 32: The Song of Moses
6: Ch.31-34 Moses Finale
– Succession, the Law & Warning
– The Song of Moses
– Moses blesses the tribes
– The Death of Moses
Moses Song for the Future
Moses recites the Song & warns the people
The Lord instructs Moses to die on Mount Nebo
Notes: we will leave the preliminary descriptions to
be sufficient to highlight what the song says. Remember, it will
be available to be a testimony against them AND a warning to them,
to take steps to get their national life right before the Lord.]
Moses Song for the Future
Moses calls for his words to be heard & have effect
you heavens, and I will speak;
you earth, the words of my mouth.
my teaching fall like rain
my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
abundant rain on tender plants.
He declares the greatness of the Lord
will proclaim the name of the Lord
praise the greatness of our God!
is the Rock, his works are perfect,
all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
and just is he.
He warns of their rejection of the Lord
are corrupt and not his children;
their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.
this the way you repay the Lord
foolish and unwise people?
Is he not your Father, your Creator,
made you and formed you?
He calls them to remember how the Lord established them
the days of old;
the generations long past.
Ask your father and he will tell
elders, and they will explain to you.
the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
he divided all mankind,
he set up boundaries for the peoples
to the number of the sons of Israel.
the Lord 's
portion is his people,
his allotted inheritance.
He reminds them how the Lord brought them here
a desert land he found him,
a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
guarded him as the apple of his eye,
an eagle that stirs up its nest
hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
carries them on its pinions.
alone led him;
foreign god was with him.
He reminds them how the Lord had blessed them with abundance
made him ride on the heights of the land
fed him with the fruit of the fields.
He nourished him with honey from
with oil from the flinty crag,
curds and milk from herd and flock
with fattened lambs and goats,
with choice rams of Bashan
the finest grains of wheat.
You drank the foaming blood of the
grew fat and kicked;
with food, they became heavy and sleek.
He points out how they have gone astray
abandoned the God who made them
rejected the Rock their Saviour.
made him jealous with their foreign gods
angered him with their detestable idols.
sacrificed to false gods, which are not God –
they had not known,
that recently appeared,
your ancestors did not fear.
deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
forgot the God who gave you birth.
He reveals the Lord's response
saw this and rejected them
he was angered by his sons and daughters.
will hide my face from them,' he said,
see what their end will be;
for they are a perverse generation,
who are unfaithful.
made me jealous by what is no god
angered me with their worthless idols.
He warns of the Lord's disciplinary judgement
will make them envious by those who are not a people;
will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
a fire will be kindled by my wrath,
that burns down to the realm of the dead below.
It will devour the earth and its
set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
will heap calamities on them
expend my arrows against them.
will send wasting famine against them,
pestilence and deadly plague;
I will send against them the fangs
of wild beasts,
venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
the street the sword will make them childless;
their homes terror will reign.
The young men and young women will
infants and those with grey hair.
Yet for fear of being misunderstood He held back
said I would scatter them
erase their name from human memory,
I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
the adversary misunderstand
and say, “Our hand has triumphed;
has not done all this.”'
He reveals their misunderstanding
are a nation without sense,
is no discernment in them.
only they were wise and would understand this
discern what their end will be!
could one man chase a thousand,
two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
had given them up?
Their ungodliness is a poisoning resource that will bring doom
their rock is not like our Rock,
even our enemies concede.
vine comes from the vine of Sodom
from the fields of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison,
their clusters with bitterness.
wine is the venom of serpents,
deadly poison of cobras.
I not kept this in reserve
sealed it in my vaults?
is mine to avenge; I will repay.
due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
their doom rushes upon them.'
The Lord will show the futility of their unbelief
will vindicate his people
relent concerning his servants
when he sees their strength is gone
no one is left, slave or free.
will say: ‘Now where are their gods,
rock they took refuge in,
gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices
drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let them rise up to help you!
them give you shelter!
No one can withstand the Lord's Judgment
now that I myself am he!
is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
have wounded and I will heal,
no one can deliver out of my hand.
lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear:
surely as I live for ever,
I sharpen my flashing sword
my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
repay those who hate me.
will make my arrows drunk with blood,
my sword devours flesh:
the blood of the slain and the captives,
heads of the enemy leaders.'
you nations, with his people,
he will avenge the blood of his servants;
he will take vengeance on his enemies
make atonement for his land and people.
If you need to, go back over the sections of this song
as we have marked them out to see the warnings here.]
Moses recites the Song & warns the people
came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song
in the hearing of the people.
Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel,
said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared
to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey
carefully all the words of this law.
are not just idle words for you – they are your life. By
them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan
So yes, Moses has declared it before the people and
challenges them to instruct their children to ensure they keep
the Law else this warning will come on them as judgments on them
in the Land.]
52 The Lord instructs Moses to die on Mount Nebo
that same day the Lord
up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, opposite Jericho,
and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their
on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered
to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and
was gathered to his people.
is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of
the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of
Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.
you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter
the land I am giving to the people of Israel.'
Moses has done his job as shepherd of these sheep and
as they prepare to enter the Land, leaving him behind, he is to
leave them and go up on Mount Nebo in the mountainous range nearby,
where his time on earth will cease.]