THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Israel shall sing the song of Moses, acclaiming: God speaks to heaven and earth; Israel was known in pre-existence; God chose them in this life; they forgot the Rock of their salvation; he sent terror and a sword and vengeance upon them; there is no God beside him—Moses gathered to his people.
ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and bhear
, O earth, the cwords
of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the arain
, my bspeech
shall distil as the cdew
, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Because I will apublish
the name of the Lord
: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
, his work is bperfect
: for all his ways are cjudgment
: a God of truth and without iniquity, djust
and right is
Do ye thus arequite
, O foolish people and unwise? is
not he thy bfather that
thee? hath he not dmade
thee, and established thee?
the days of old, consider the years of many generations: bask
thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
When the most High divided to the anations
, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the cbounds
of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
For the Lord’s
his people; Jacob is
the lot of his ainheritance
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he aled
him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the bapple
of his eye.
As an aeagle
stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
He made him ride on the ahigh
places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure ablood
of the bgrape
¶ But aJeshurun
waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen bfat
, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness;
then he cforsook
made him, and lightly esteemed the dRock
of his salvation.
him to bjealousy
with strange cgods
, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
unto devils, bnot
to God; to cgods
whom they knew not, to new dgods
that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
Of the Rock that
begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that aformed
And when the Lord
he aabhorred them,
because of the bprovoking
of his sons, and of his daughters.
And he said, I will ahide
my face from them, I will see what their end shall be:
for they are
froward generation, children in whom is
They have moved me to ajealousy
with that which is
not God; they have bprovoked
me to canger
with their vanities: and I will move them to djealousy
with those which are
not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
For a afire
is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap amischiefs
upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
They shall be aburnt
with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also
with the man of gray hairs.
I said, I would ascatter
them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and
lest they should say, Our hand is ahigh
, and the Lord
hath not done all this.
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
O that they were awise
they understood this, that
they would consider their latter bend
How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to aflight
, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord
had shut them up?
For their rock is
not as our aRock
, even our enemies themselves being
For their vine is
of the vine of aSodom
, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are
grapes of gall, their clusters are
Their awine is
the poison of bdragons
, and the cruel venom of asps.
Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
To me belongeth avengeance
, and brecompence
; their foot shall slide in due
time: for the day of their ccalamity is
at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
For the Lord
his people, and brepent
himself for his servants, when he seeth that their
power is gone, and there is
up, or left.
And he shall say, Where are
rock in whom they btrusted
Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
See now that I, even
he, and there is
no god bwith
kill, and I make dalive
; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any
that can deliver out of my hand.
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I alive
If I whet my glittering asword
, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
Rejoice, O ye nations, with
his people: for he will aavenge
the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be bmerciful
unto his land, and
to his people.
¶ And Moses came and spake all the words of this asong
in the ears of the people, he, and bHoshea
the son of Nun.
And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to aall
And he said unto them, Set your ahearts
unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your bchildren
to observe to do, all the words of this law.
For it is
not a vain thing for you; because it is
your life: and through this thing ye shall aprolong your
days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
And the Lord spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,
Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto
, which is
in the land of Moab, that is bover
against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as bAaron
thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
Because ye atrespassed
against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-bKadesh
, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.