1 And Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.
2 And he said to them: I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go
out and come in. And Jehovah has said to me, You shall not cross over this Jordan.
3 Jehovah your God Himself is crossing over before you; He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself is crossing over before you, as Jehovah has spoken.
4 And Jehovah will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and
their land, when He destroyed them.
5 Jehovah will give them up before you, to do to them according to all the commandments
which I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for Jehovah your
God, He is the One who is going with you. He will not abandon you nor forsake you.
7 And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the eyes of all Israel, Be strong and of
good courage, for you shall go with this people into the land which Jehovah has sworn to
their fathers to give to them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.
8 And Jehovah, He is going before you. He will be with you; He will not abandon you nor
forsake you. Do not fear nor be dismayed.
9 And Moses wrote this Law and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who bore
the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and to all the elders of Israel.
10 And Moses commanded them, saying: At the end of every seven years, at the
appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths,
11 when all Israel comes to appear before Jehovah your God in the place which He
chooses, you shall read this Law before all Israel in their ears.
12 Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the sojourner who is
within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear Jehovah your God
and take heed to do all the Words of this Law,
13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear Jehovah
your God all the days you live in the land which you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
14 And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, the day has drawn near for you to die. Summon
Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, that I may commission him. And
Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.
15 And Jehovah appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood
above the door of the tent.
16 And Jehovah said to Moses: Behold, you shall rest with your fathers; and this people
will rise up and commit adultery with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they are
going in to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have
made with them.
17 And My anger will burn against them in that day, and I shall forsake them, and I will
hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall
befall them, so that they will say in that day, Have not these evils come upon us because
our God is not among us?
18 And I will conceal to hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have
done, in that they have turned to other gods.
19 Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of
Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of
20 When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I have
sworn to their fathers, and they have eaten and filled themselves and grown fat, then they
will have turned to other gods and served them; and they will have provoked Me and
broken My covenant.
21 And it shall be, when many evils and troubles find them, that this song shall testify
against them as a witness; for it will not be forgotten in the mouths of their seed, for I
know the imagination of their works even today, even before I bring them into the land of
which I have sworn to give to them.
22 Therefore Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel.
23 And He commissioned Joshua the son of Nun, and said, Be strong and of good
courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I have sworn to
them, and I shall be with you.
24 So it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this Law in a book, when
they were finished,
25 that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah,
26 Take this Book of the Law, and put it inside the ark of the covenant of Jehovah your
God, to be there as a witness against you;
27 for I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you,
you have been rebellious against Jehovah, then how much more after my death?
28 Gather to 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 testify against them.
29 For I know that after my death you will pervert yourselves to corruption, and turn
aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter
days, because you will do evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger through the
work of your hands.
30 And Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song to their