Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Moses' song was intended to remind the Israelites that if they backslid, they would be neglecting the Rock who fathered them and the God who had given them birth (Deuteronomy 32:18). That Rock, who is Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4), had followed them in the wilderness and provided drink for them for forty years. How could they ever have turned their backs on their Rock? Perhaps the Israelites took God for granted, thinking they could provide for and defend themselves without His help.

Our lives are confused and insecure when we leave our Rock in order to build our lives on shifting sand (Matthew 7:26-27). The rich fool thought he was secure in his barns and possessions, but he found out that his life was built on a false foundation (Luke 12:16-21). We can look high and low, trying to find security in money, positions, organizations, and even nations. Unfortunately, we will find that all these things will eventually crumble and turn to dust.

Although the world puts its trust in things and people that disappoint, decide today to seek the immovable Rock of the Kingdom of God. "He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern" (Luke 12:31).

Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27

Joshua to Succeed Moses

31 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel:“I am now a hundred and twenty years oldS Ex 7:7 and I am no longer able to lead you.Nu 27:17; 1Ki 3:7 The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’S Dt 3:23, 26The Lord your God himself will crossNu 27:18 over ahead of you.S Dt 9:3 He will destroy these nationsS Dt 7:1 before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will crossS Dt 3:28 over ahead of you, as the Lord said.And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og,S Nu 21:33 the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land.The Lord will deliverS Dt 2:33 them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you.Be strong and courageous.ver 7, 23; Jos 1:6, 9, 18; 10:25; 1Ch 22:13; 28:20; 2Ch 32:7 Do not be afraid or terrifiedJer 1:8, 17; Eze 2:6 because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;S Ge 28:15; S Dt 1:29; 20:4; S Mt 28:20 he will never leave youPs 56:9; 118:6 nor forsakeS Dt 4:31; 1Sa 12:22; 1Ki 6:13; Ps 94:14; Isa 41:17; Heb 13:5* you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and saidver 23; Nu 27:23 to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them,Jos 1:6 and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;S Ex 13:21 he will never leave you nor forsake you.S Ge 28:15; S Dt 4:31 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Public Reading of the Law

So Moses wroteS Ex 17:14 down this law and gave it to the Levitical priests, who carriedver 25; 1Ch 15:2 the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.10 Then Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts,S Dt 15:1 during the Festival of Tabernacles,S Ex 23:16; Dt 16:1311 when all Israel comes to appearS Dt 16:16 before the Lord your God at the place he will choose,Dt 12:5 you shall read this lawJos 8:34-35; 2Ki 23:2; Ne 8:2 before them in their hearing.12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learnDt 4:10 to fearHag 1:12; Mal 1:6; 3:5, 16 the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.13 Their children,S Dt 11:2 who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Israel’s Rebellion Predicted

14 The Lord said to Moses, “Now the day of your deathS Ge 25:8; S Nu 27:13 is near. Call JoshuaNu 27:23; Dt 34:9; Jos 1:1-9 and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him.S Nu 27:19” So Moses and Joshua came and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.Ex 33:9-11

15 Then the Lord appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.S Ex 33:916 And the Lord said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your ancestors,S Ge 15:15 and these people will soon prostituteS Ex 34:15; Dt 4:25-28; Jdg 2:12 themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsakeJdg 10:6, 13; 1Ki 9:9; 18:18; 19:10; Jer 2:13; 5:19; 19:4 me and break the covenant I made with them.17 And in that day I will become angryDt 32:16; Jdg 2:14, 20; 10:7; 2Ki 13:3; 22:13; Ps 106:29, 40; Jer 7:18; 21:5; 36:7 with them and forsakeJdg 6:13; 2Ch 15:2; 24:20; Ezr 8:22; Ps 44:9; Isa 2:6 them; I will hideDt 32:20; Isa 1:15; 45:15; 53:3; 54:8 my faceJob 13:24; Ps 13:1; 27:9; 30:7; 104:29; Isa 50:6; Jer 33:5; Eze 39:29; Mic 3:4 from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disastersJer 4:20; Eze 7:26 and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’Nu 14:42; Hos 9:1218 And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.

19 “Now writever 22 down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witnessS Ge 31:50 for me against them.20 When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors,Dt 6:10-12 and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other godsPs 4:2; 16:4; 40:4; Jer 13:25; Da 3:28; Am 2:4 and worship them,Dt 8:19; 11:16-17 rejecting me and breaking my covenant.ver 1621 And when many disasters and calamities come on them,S Dt 4:30 this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do,1Ch 28:9; Hos 5:3; Jn 2:24-25 even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.”22 So Moses wrotever 19 down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.

23 The Lord gave this commandS ver 7 to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous,Jos 1:6 for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”

24 After Moses finished writingDt 17:18; 2Ki 22:8 in a book the words of this lawDt 28:58 from beginning to end,25 he gave this command to the Levites who carriedS ver 9 the ark of the covenant of the Lord:26 “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.ver 1927 For I know how rebelliousS Ex 23:21 and stiff-neckedS Dt 9:27 you are. If you have been rebellious against the Lord while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die!28 Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them.Dt 4:26; 30:19; 32:1; Job 20:27; Isa 26:2129 For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corruptS Dt 4:16; Rev 9:20 and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster1Ki 9:9; 22:23; 2Ki 22:16 will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord and arouse his anger by what your hands have made.”

The Song of Moses

30 And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:

32 Listen,Ps 49:1; Mic 1:2 you heavens,Jer 2:12 and I will speak;

hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.S Dt 4:26

Let my teaching fall like rain2Sa 23:4

and my words descend like dew,Ps 107:20; Isa 9:8; 55:11; Mic 5:7

like showersPs 65:10; 68:9; 72:6; 147:8 on new grass,

like abundant rain on tender plants.

I will proclaimPs 118:17; 145:6 the name of the Lord.Ex 33:19; 34:5-6

Oh, praise the greatnessS Dt 3:24 of our God!

He is the Rock,S Ge 49:24 his works are perfect,2Sa 22:31; Ps 18:30; 19:7

and all his ways are just.

A faithful GodS Dt 4:35 who does no wrong,

uprightPs 92:15 and just is he.S Ge 18:25

They are corrupt and not his children;

to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.ver 20; Mt 17:17; Lk 9:41; Ac 2:40

Is this the way you repayPs 116:12 the Lord,

you foolishPs 94:8; Jer 5:21 and unwise people?ver 28

Is he not your Father,S Ex 4:22; 2Sa 7:24 your Creator,Or Father, who bought you

who made you and formed you?ver 15

Remember the days of old;Ps 44:1; 74:2; 77:5; Isa 51:9; 63:9

consider the generations long past.Dt 4:32; Job 8:8; 20:4; Ps 78:4; Isa 46:9

Ask your father and he will tell you,

your elders, and they will explain to you.S Ex 10:2; Job 15:18

When the Most HighPs 7:8 gave the nations their inheritance,

when he divided all mankind,S Ge 11:8; Ac 8:1

he set up boundariesPs 74:17 for the peoples

according to the number of the sons of Israel.Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint) sons of GodNu 23:9; Dt 33:12, 28; Jer 23:6

For the Lord’s portionPs 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5; Jer 10:16 is his people,

Jacob his allotted inheritance.S Dt 9:29; S 1Sa 26:19

10 In a desertS Dt 1:19 land he found him,

in a barren and howling waste.Dt 8:15; Job 12:24; Ps 107:40

He shieldedPs 32:10; Jer 31:22 him and cared for him;

he guarded him as the apple of his eye,Ps 17:8; Pr 7:2; Hos 13:5; Zec 2:8

11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest

and hovers over its young,S Ex 19:4

that spreads its wings to catch them

and carries them aloft.Ps 17:8; 18:10-19; 61:4

12 The Lord alone ledPs 106:9; Isa 63:13; Jer 31:32 him;Dt 4:35

no foreign god was with him.ver 39; Jdg 2:12; Ps 18:31; 81:9; Isa 43:12; 45:5

13 He made him ride on the heightsDt 33:29; 2Sa 22:34; Ps 18:33; Isa 33:16; 58:14; Eze 36:2; Hab 3:19 of the land

and fed him with the fruit of the fields.

He nourished him with honey from the rock,S Dt 8:8

and with oilDt 33:24; Job 29:6 from the flinty crag,

14 with curds and milk from herd and flock

and with fattened lambs and goats,

with choice rams of BashanS Nu 21:33

and the finest kernels of wheat.Ps 65:9; 81:16; 147:14

You drank the foaming blood of the grape.S Ge 49:11

15 JeshurunJeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.Dt 33:5, 26; Isa 44:2 grew fatDt 31:20; Jer 5:28 and kicked;

filled with food, they became heavy and sleek.

They abandonedDt 31:16; Isa 1:4, 28; 58:2; 65:11; Jer 15:6; Eze 14:5 the God who made them

and rejected the RockS Ge 49:24 their Savior.

16 They made him jealousS Nu 25:11; S 1Co 10:22 with their foreign gods

and angeredS Dt 31:17; S 1Ki 14:9 him with their detestable idols.

17 They sacrificedS Ex 32:8 to false gods,S Ex 22:20; 1Co 10:20 which are not God—

gods they had not known,S Dt 28:64

gods that recently appeared,Jdg 5:8

gods your ancestors did not fear.

18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;

you forgotJdg 3:7; 1Sa 12:9; Ps 44:17, 20; 106:21; Jer 2:32; Eze 23:35; Hos 8:14; 13:6 the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this and rejected themLev 26:30; Ps 78:59

because he was angered by his sons and daughters.Am 6:8

20 “I will hide my faceDt 31:17, 29; Ps 4:6; 44:24 from them,” he said,

“and see what their end will be;

for they are a perverse generation,S ver 5

children who are unfaithful.Dt 9:23

21 They made me jealousS Nu 25:11; S 1Co 10:22 by what is no god

and angered me with their worthless idols.ver 17; 1Ki 16:13, 26; 2Ki 17:15; Ps 31:6; Jer 2:5; 8:19; 10:8; 16:19; Jnh 2:8

I will make them envious by those who are not a people;

I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.Ro 10:19*

22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,Ps 7:11

one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.Nu 16:31-35; Ps 18:7-8; Jer 15:14; La 4:11

It will devourAm 7:4 the earth and its harvestsLev 26:20

and set afire the foundations of the mountains.Ps 83:14

23 “I will heap calamitiesS Dt 29:21 on them

and spend my arrowsver 42; 2Sa 22:15; Job 6:4; Ps 7:13; 18:14; 45:5; 77:17; 120:4; Isa 5:28; 49:2; Eze 5:16; Hab 3:9, 11 against them.

24 I will send wasting famineGe 26:1; S 41:55; 42:5; 2Sa 24:13; 1Ch 21:12 against them,

consuming pestilenceS Dt 28:22 and deadly plague;Ps 91:6

I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,S Ge 37:20

the venom of vipersver 33; Job 20:16; Ps 58:4; Jer 8:17; Am 5:18-19; Mic 7:17 that glide in the dust.Job 20:16

25 In the street the sword will make them childless;

in their homes terrorIsa 24:17 will reign.Jer 14:18; La 1:20; Eze 7:15; 2Co 7:5

The young men and young women will perish,

the infants and those with gray hair.2Ch 36:17; Isa 13:18; Jer 4:31; La 2:21

26 I said I would scatterDt 4:27 them

and erase their name from human memory,S Nu 14:12; Job 18:17; Ps 34:16; 37:28; 109:15; Isa 14:20

27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,

lest the adversary misunderstandDt 9:26-28

and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;

the Lord has not done all this.’”Ps 140:8; Isa 10:13; Jer 40:2-3

Joshua Becomes Israel’s Leader

31 When Moses had finished giving these instructionsAs in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads Moses went and spoke. to all the people of Israel,he said, “I am now 120 years old, and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has told me, ‘You will not cross the Jordan River.’But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the Lord promised.

“The Lord will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites.The Lord will hand over to you the people who live there, and you must deal with them as I have commanded you.So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land.Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Public Reading of the Book of Instruction

So Moses wrote this entire body of instruction in a book and gave it to the priests, who carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and to the elders of Israel.10 Then Moses gave them this command: “At the end of every seventh year, the Year of Release, during the Festival of Shelters,11 you must read this Book of Instruction to all the people of Israel when they assemble before the Lord your God at the place he chooses.12 Call them all together—men, women, children, and the foreigners living in your towns—so they may hear this Book of Instruction and learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully obey all the terms of these instructions.13 Do this so that your children who have not known these instructions will hear them and will learn to fear the Lord your God. Do this as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.”

Israel’s Disobedience Predicted

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The time has come for you to die. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the Tabernacle,Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 31:14b. so that I may commission him there.” So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the Tabernacle.15 And the Lord appeared to them in a pillar of cloud that stood at the entrance to the sacred tent.

16 The Lord said to Moses, “You are about to die and join your ancestors. After you are gone, these people will begin to worship foreign gods, the gods of the land where they are going. They will abandon me and break my covenant that I have made with them.17 Then my anger will blaze forth against them. I will abandon them, hiding my face from them, and they will be devoured. Terrible trouble will come down on them, and on that day they will say, ‘These disasters have come down on us because God is no longer among us!’18 At that time I will hide my face from them on account of all the evil they commit by worshiping other gods.

19 “So write down the words of this song, and teach it to the people of Israel. Help them learn it, so it may serve as a witness for me against them.20 For I will bring them into the land I swore to give their ancestors—a land flowing with milk and honey. There they will become prosperous, eat all the food they want, and become fat. But they will begin to worship other gods; they will despise me and break my covenant.21 And when great disasters come down on them, this song will stand as evidence against them, for it will never be forgotten by their descendants. I know the intentions of these people, even now before they have entered the land I swore to give them.”

22 So that very day Moses wrote down the words of the song and taught it to the Israelites.

23 Then the Lord commissioned Joshua son of Nun with these words: “Be strong and courageous, for you must bring the people of Israel into the land I swore to give them. I will be with you.”

24 When Moses had finished writing this entire body of instruction in a book,25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant:26 “Take this Book of Instruction and place it beside the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, so it may remain there as a witness against the people of Israel.27 For I know how rebellious and stubborn you are. Even now, while I am still alive and am here with you, you have rebelled against the Lord. How much more rebellious will you be after my death!

28 “Now summon all the elders and officials of your tribes, so that I can speak to them directly and call heaven and earth to witness against them.29 I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and will turn from the way I have commanded you to follow. In the days to come, disaster will come down on you, for you will do what is evil in the Lord’s sight, making him very angry with your actions.”

The Song of Moses

30 So Moses recited this entire song publicly to the assembly of Israel:

32 “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak!

Hear, O earth, the words that I say!

Let my teaching fall on you like rain;

let my speech settle like dew.

Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,

like gentle showers on young plants.

I will proclaim the name of the Lord;

how glorious is our God!

He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.

Everything he does is just and fair.

He is a faithful God who does no wrong;

how just and upright he is!

“But they have acted corruptly toward him;

when they act so perversely,

are they really his children?The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

They are a deceitful and twisted generation.

Is this the way you repay the Lord,

you foolish and senseless people?

Isn’t he your Father who created you?

Has he not made you and established you?

Remember the days of long ago;

think about the generations past.

Ask your father, and he will inform you.

Inquire of your elders, and they will tell you.

When the Most High assigned lands to the nations,

when he divided up the human race,

he established the boundaries of the peoples

according to the number in his heavenly court.As in Dead Sea Scrolls, which read the number of the sons of God, and Greek version, which reads the number of the angels of God; Masoretic Text reads the number of the sons of Israel.

“For the people of Israel belong to the Lord;

Jacob is his special possession.

10 He found them in a desert land,

in an empty, howling wasteland.

He surrounded them and watched over them;

he guarded them as he would guard his own eyes.Hebrew as the pupil of his eye.

11 Like an eagle that rouses her chicks

and hovers over her young,

so he spread his wings to take them up

and carried them safely on his pinions.

12 The Lord alone guided them;

they followed no foreign gods.

13 He let them ride over the highlands

and feast on the crops of the fields.

He nourished them with honey from the rock

and olive oil from the stony ground.

14 He fed them yogurt from the herd

and milk from the flock,

together with the fat of lambs.

He gave them choice rams from Bashan, and goats,

together with the choicest wheat.

You drank the finest wine,

made from the juice of grapes.

15 “But IsraelHebrew Jeshurun, a term of endearment for Israel. soon became fat and unruly;

the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed!

Then they abandoned the God who had made them;

they made light of the Rock of their salvation.

16 They stirred up his jealousy by worshiping foreign gods;

they provoked his fury with detestable deeds.

17 They offered sacrifices to demons, which are not God,

to gods they had not known before,

to new gods only recently arrived,

to gods their ancestors had never feared.

18 You neglected the Rock who had fathered you;

you forgot the God who had given you birth.

19 “The Lord saw this and drew back,

provoked to anger by his own sons and daughters.

20 He said, ‘I will abandon them;

then see what becomes of them.

For they are a twisted generation,

children without integrity.

21 They have roused my jealousy by worshiping things that are not God;

they have provoked my anger with their useless idols.

Now I will rouse their jealousy through people who are not even a people;

I will provoke their anger through the foolish Gentiles.

22 For my anger blazes forth like fire

and burns to the depths of the grave.Hebrew of Sheol.

It devours the earth and all its crops

and ignites the foundations of the mountains.

23 I will heap disasters upon them

and shoot them down with my arrows.

24 I will weaken them with famine,

burning fever, and deadly disease.

I will send the fangs of wild beasts

and poisonous snakes that glide in the dust.

25 Outside, the sword will bring death,

and inside, terror will strike

both young men and young women,

both infants and the aged.

26 I would have annihilated them,

wiping out even the memory of them.

27 But I feared the taunt of Israel’s enemy,

who might misunderstand and say,

“Our own power has triumphed!

The Lord had nothing to do with this!”’

31 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.

And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.

And the Lord shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.

And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel.

10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

11 When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will 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, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.

24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,

25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying,

26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death?

28 Gather unto 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 record against them.

29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.

32 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

13 He made him ride on the high 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;

14 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 blood of the grape.

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

22 For a fire 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.

23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

24 They shall be burnt 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.

25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

27 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 high, and the Lord hath not done all this.

Luke 12:8-34

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.Lk 15:10But whoever disowns me before others will be disownedMk 8:38; 2Ti 2:12 before the angels of God.10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.Mt 12:31, 32; S 1Jn 5:16

11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,Mt 10:17, 19; Lk 21:12, 1412 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”Ex 4:12; Mt 10:20; Mk 13:11; Lk 21:15

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”Job 20:20; 31:24; Ps 62:10

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool!Jer 17:11; Lk 11:40 This very night your life will be demanded from you.Job 27:8 Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’Ps 39:6; 49:10

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”ver 33

Do Not Worry12:22-31pp — Mt 6:25-33

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.Job 38:41; Ps 147:9 And how much more valuable you are than birds!25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your lifeOr single cubit to your height?26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor1Ki 10:4-7 was dressed like one of these.28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!S Mt 6:3029 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your FatherS Lk 6:36 knows that you need them.Mt 6:831 But seek his kingdom,S Mt 3:2 and these things will be given to you as well.Mt 19:29

32 “Do not be afraid,S Mt 14:27 little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.S Mt 25:3433 Sell your possessions and give to the poor.S Ac 2:45 Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heavenS Mt 6:20 that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.S Jas 5:234 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Mt 6:21

“I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.10 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

11 “And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say,12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?”15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Teaching about Money and Possessions

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things.30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Psalm 78:32-55

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;S ver 17

in spite of his wonders,ver 11 they did not believe.ver 22

33 So he ended their days in futilityNu 14:29, 35

and their years in terror.

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seekS Dt 4:29; Hos 5:15 him;

they eagerly turned to him again.

35 They remembered that God was their Rock,S Ge 49:24

that God Most High was their Redeemer.S Dt 9:26

36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,Eze 33:31

lying to him with their tongues;

37 their hearts were not loyalver 8; Ac 8:21 to him,

they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful;S Ex 34:6

he forgaveIsa 1:25; 27:9; 48:10; Da 11:35 their iniquitiesPs 25:11; 85:2

and did not destroy them.

Time after time he restrained his angerS Job 9:13; S Isa 30:18

and did not stir up his full wrath.

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,S Ge 6:3; S Isa 29:5

a passing breezeS Job 7:7; Jas 4:14 that does not return.

40 How often they rebelledS Ex 23:21 against him in the wildernessPs 95:8; 106:14

and grieved himEph 4:30 in the wasteland!

41 Again and again they put God to the test;S Ex 17:2

they vexed the Holy One of Israel.S 2Ki 19:22; Ps 71:22; 89:18

42 They did not rememberS Jdg 3:7; S Ne 9:17 his power—

the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,S Ps 27:11

43 the day he displayed his signsEx 10:1 in Egypt,

his wondersS Ex 3:20 in the region of Zoan.

44 He turned their river into blood;Ex 7:20-21; Ps 105:29

they could not drink from their streams.

45 He sent swarms of fliesEx 8:24; Ps 105:31 that devoured them,

and frogsS Ex 8:2, 6 that devastated them.

46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,Na 3:15

their produce to the locust.S Ex 10:13

47 He destroyed their vines with hailEx 9:23; Ps 105:32; 147:17

and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,

their livestockEx 9:25 to bolts of lightning.

49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,Ex 15:7

his wrath, indignation and hostility—

a band of destroying angels.S Ge 19:13; 1Co 10:10

50 He prepared a path for his anger;

he did not spare them from death

but gave them over to the plague.

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,S Ex 12:12; Ps 135:8

the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.Ps 105:23; 106:22

52 But he brought his people out like a flock;S Job 21:11; S Ps 28:9; 77:20

he led them like sheep through the wilderness.

53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;

but the sea engulfedS Ex 14:28 their enemies.Ex 15:7; Ps 106:10

54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,

to the hill country his right handPs 44:3 had taken.

55 He drove out nationsPs 44:2 before them

and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;S Dt 1:38; S Jos 13:7; Ac 13:19

he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

32 But in spite of this, the people kept sinning.

Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.

33 So he ended their lives in failure,

their years in terror.

34 When God began killing them,

they finally sought him.

They repented and took God seriously.

35 Then they remembered that God was their rock,

that God Most HighHebrew El-Elyon. was their redeemer.

36 But all they gave him was lip service;

they lied to him with their tongues.

37 Their hearts were not loyal to him.

They did not keep his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins

and did not destroy them all.

Many times he held back his anger

and did not unleash his fury!

39 For he remembered that they were merely mortal,

gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness

and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.

41 Again and again they tested God’s patience

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power

and how he rescued them from their enemies.

43 They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt,

his wonders on the plain of Zoan.

44 For he turned their rivers into blood,

so no one could drink from the streams.

45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them

and hordes of frogs to ruin them.

46 He gave their crops to caterpillars;

their harvest was consumed by locusts.

47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail

and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail,

their livestock to bolts of lightning.

49 He loosed on them his fierce anger—

all his fury, rage, and hostility.

He dispatched against them

a band of destroying angels.

50 He turned his anger against them;

he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives

but ravaged them with the plague.

51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family,

the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.Hebrew in the tents of Ham.

52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep,

guiding them safely through the wilderness.

53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid;

but the sea covered their enemies.

54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,

to this land of hills he had won for them.

55 He drove out the nations before them;

he gave them their inheritance by lot.

He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.

32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.

35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.

43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.

44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.

45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.

48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;

51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Proverbs 12:21-23

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,S Job 4:7

but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,1Ki 13:18; Pr 6:17

but he delightsPs 18:19 in people who are trustworthy.S Pr 11:20

23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,S Pr 10:14

but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.S Ps 38:5; S 59:7; Pr 18:2

21 No harm comes to the godly,

but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,

but he delights in those who tell the truth.

23 The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge,

but fools broadcast their foolishness.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

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