FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
2 (Chapters 18-34)
The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part
nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made
by fire, and his inheritance.
Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD
is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
And this shall be the priest's due from the people, from them that offer
a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest
the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.
The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the
first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.
For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to
minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.
And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he
sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which
the LORD shall choose;
Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren
the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD.
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale
of his patrimony.
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou
shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter
to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times,
or an enchanter, or a witch,
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because
of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before
Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of
times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered
thee so to do.
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee,
of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the
day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD
my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee,
and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that
I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words
which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which
I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other
gods, even that prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD
hath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not,
nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but
the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of
When the LORD thy God hath cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy
God giveth thee, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their cities,
and in their houses;
Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which
the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which
the LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer
may flee thither.
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may
live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time
As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his
hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head
slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die;
he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:
Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot,
and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was
not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past.
Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for
And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers,
and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers;
If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee
this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then
shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth
thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up
against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of
Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver
him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent
blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time
have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that
the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any
sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the
mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that
which is wrong;
Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before
the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness
be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother:
so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit
no more any such evil among you.
And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye,
tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses,
and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the
LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest
shall approach and speak unto the people,
And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle
against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble,
neither be ye terrified because of them;
For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against
your enemies, to save you.
And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there
that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and
return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate
And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten
of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle,
and another man eat of it.
And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?
let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another
man take her.
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say,
What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return
unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.
And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the
people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace
And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then
it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries
unto thee, and they shall serve thee.
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee,
then thou shalt besiege it:
And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt
smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in
the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and
thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee,
which are not of the cities of these nations.
But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee
for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites,
the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as
the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:
That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they
have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.
When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to
take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against
them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for
the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege:
Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou
shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against
the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to
possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure
unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:
And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the
elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with,
and which hath not drawn in the yoke;
And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley,
which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck
there in the valley:
And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy
God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD;
and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:
And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall
wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither
have our eyes seen it.
Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and
lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood
shall be forgiven them.
So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when
thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God
hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto
her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;
Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her
head, and pare her nails;
And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall
remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month:
and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall
be thy wife.
And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her
go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou
shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.
If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have
born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn
son be hers that was hated:
Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath,
that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of
the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving
him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his
strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice
of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened
him, will not hearken unto them:
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out
unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn
and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so
shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and
And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put
to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any
wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that
thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Thou shalt not see the brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself
from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then
thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until
thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his
raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost,
and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and
hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall
a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto
the LORD thy God.
If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on
the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon
the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee;
that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy
roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from
Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy
seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen
Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith
thou coverest thyself.
If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon
her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not
Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth
the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the
And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto
this man to wife, and he hateth her;
And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found
not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's
virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them
unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name
upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her
away all his days.
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house,
and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because
she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house:
so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall
both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman:
so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find
her in the city, and lie with her;
Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall
stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not,
being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's
wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her,
and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:
But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin
worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth
him, even so is this matter:
For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there
was none to save her.
If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay
hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty
shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her,
he may not put her away all his days.
A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt.
He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall
not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his
tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD;
even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation
of the LORD for ever:
Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye
came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the
son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD
thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy
God loved thee.
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.
Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not
abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.
The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation
of the LORD in their third generation.
When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every
If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness
that chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he
shall not come within the camp:
But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water:
and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.
Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth
And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou
wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back
and cover that which cometh from thee:
For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee,
and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy:
that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from
his master unto thee:
He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall
choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress
There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the
sons of Israel.
Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the
house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination
unto the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of
victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:
Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou
shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all
that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to
pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would
be sin in thee.
But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a
freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God,
which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes
thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.
When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest
pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy
neighbour's standing corn.
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that
she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness
in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her
hand, and send her out of his house.
And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's
And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement,
and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the
latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his
wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD:
and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth
thee for an inheritance.
When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall
he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year,
and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.
No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh
a man's life to pledge.
If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel,
and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die;
and thou shalt put evil away from among you.
Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do
according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded
them, so ye shall observe to do.
Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye
were come forth out of Egypt.
When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house
to fetch his pledge.
Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring
out the pledge abroad unto thee.
And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth
down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall
be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether
he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within
At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down
upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against
thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the
children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death
for his own sin.
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless;
nor take a widow's raiment to pledge:
But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD
thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf
in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the
stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God
may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again:
it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it
afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt:
therefore I command thee to do this thing.
If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that
the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn
And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge
shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according
to his fault, by a certain number.
Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed,
and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem
vile unto thee.
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the
wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's
brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform
the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in
the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of
And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's
wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth
to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the
duty of my husband's brother.
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if
he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;
Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders,
and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer
and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's
And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his
When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth
near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him,
and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:
Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure
shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.
For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination
unto the LORD thy God.
Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth
out of Egypt;
How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that
were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared
Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from
all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth
thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance
of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.
And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;
That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which
thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt
put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God
shall choose to place his name there.
And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say
unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto
the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.
And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down
before the altar of the LORD thy God.
And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to
perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there
with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us
And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our
and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with
an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with
And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even
a land that floweth with milk and honey.
And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou,
O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and
worship before the LORD thy God:
And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath
given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger
that is among you.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase
the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the
Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat
within thy gates, and be filled;
Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed
things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and
unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all
thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed
thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them:
I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought
thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but
I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according
to all that thou hast commanded me.
Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel,
and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers,
a land that floweth with milk and honey.
This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and
judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul.
Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his
ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments,
and to hearken unto his voice:
And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as
he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise,
and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto
the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.
And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep
all the commandments which I command you this day.
And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones,
and plaister them with plaister:
And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art
passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of
thy fathers hath promised thee.
Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up
these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt
plaister them with plaister.
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of
stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.
Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou
shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God:
And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice
before the LORD thy God.
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.
And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take
heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the
LORD thy God.
Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments
and his statutes, which I command thee this day.
And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,
These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come
over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and
And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher,
and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a
Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination
unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in
a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the
people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people
shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the
people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless,
and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his
father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall
Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or
the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the
people shall say, Amen.
Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them.
And all the people shall say, Amen.
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice
of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I
command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above
all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and
the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when
thou goest out.
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten
before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before
thee seven ways.
The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in
all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn
unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and
walk in his ways.
And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name
of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body,
and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the
land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the
rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand:
and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt
be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto
the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to
observe and to do them:
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee
this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the
LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which
I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and
Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase
of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when
thou goest out.
The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that
thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until
thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou
hast forsaken me.
The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed
thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with
an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with
blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that
is under thee shall be iron.
The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall
it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt
go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt
be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts
of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods,
and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and
thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and
spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt
build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard,
and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof:
thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall
not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and
thou shalt have none to rescue them.
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine
eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there
shall be no might in thine hand.
The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest
not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt
The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch
that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee,
unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there
shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all
nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little
in; for the locust shall consume it.
Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of
the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not
anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for
they shall go into captivity.
All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and
thou shalt come down very low.
He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the
head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee,
and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not
unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes
which he commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed
Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness
of heart, for the abundance of all things;
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against
thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things:
and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the
earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the
old, nor shew favour to the young:
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until
thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or
oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have
And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls
come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall
besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy
God hath given thee.
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and
of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege,
and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall
be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward
the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom
he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the
straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set
the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her
eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son,
and toward her daughter,
And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward
her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all
things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall
distress thee in thy gates.
If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written
in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE
LORD THY GOD;
Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed,
even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of
Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou
wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book
of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven
for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy
And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you
good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy
you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land
whither thou goest to possess it.
And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the
earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which
neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole
of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart,
and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and
night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou
shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith
thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof
I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall
be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy
These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to
make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant
which he made with them in Horeb.
And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all
that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and
unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those
Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see,
and ears to hear, unto this day.
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not
waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.
Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that
ye might know that I am the LORD your God.
And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the
king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them:
And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites,
and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.
Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper
in all that ye do.
Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of
your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,
Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from
the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:
That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into
his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day:
That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he
may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn
unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;
But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God,
and also with him that is not here with us this day:
(For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through
the nations which ye passed by;
And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver
and gold, which were among them:)
Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose
heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the
gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth
gall and wormwood;
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless
himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the
imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy
shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this
book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under
And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel,
according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book
of the law:
So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after
you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when
they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath
laid upon it;
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that
it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow
of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in
his anger, and in his wrath:
Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this
land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?
Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD
God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth
out of the land of Egypt:
For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they
knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon
it all the curses that are written in this book:
And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and
in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which
are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do
all the words of this law.
And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the
blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call
them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven
And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according
to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine
heart, and with all thy soul;
That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion
upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither
the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence
will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed,
and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee
above thy fathers.
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy
seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul,
that thou mayest live.
And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and
on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments
which I command thee this day.
And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand,
in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit
of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good,
as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments
and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou
turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from
thee, neither is it far off.
It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to
heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over
the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that
thou mayest do it.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his
ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments,
that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee
in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be
drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye
shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan
to go to possess it.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set
before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life,
that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice,
and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length
of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto
thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
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
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.
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,
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children
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.
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,
That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of
the LORD, saying,
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.
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?
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
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.
And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words
of this song, until they were ended.
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
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.
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.
As an eagle 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 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;
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.
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.
They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked
they him to anger.
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.
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God
that formed thee.
And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of
his sons, and of his daughters.
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.
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
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.
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
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.
The sword 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 scatter 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 high, and the LORD hath not done all this.
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider
their latter end!
How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except
their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?
For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah:
their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due
time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall
come upon them make haste.
For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants,
when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
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 I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and
I make alive; 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 live for ever.
If I whet my glittering sword, 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 avenge the blood of
his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be
merciful unto his land, and to his people.
And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the
people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify
among you this day, which ye shall command your children 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 prolong 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 mount Nebo, which is in the
land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan,
which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people;
as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters
of Meribah-Kadesh, 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.
And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children
of Israel before his death.
And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them;
he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints:
from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat
down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.
Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes
of Israel were gathered together.
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.
And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of
Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him;
and be thou an help to him from his enemies.
And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one,
whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the
waters of Meribah;
Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither
did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have
observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put
incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.
Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through
the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that
they rise not again.
And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety
by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell
between his shoulders.
And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious
things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious
things put forth by the moon,
And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious
things of the lasting hills,
And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the
good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the
head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated
from his brethren.
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like
the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the
ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they
are the thousands of Manasseh.
And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar,
in thy tents.
They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices
of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and
of treasures hid in the sand.
And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a
lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion
of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people,
he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.
And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with
the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.
And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable
to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven
in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:
and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be
upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the
LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and
thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon
their high places.
And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to
the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him
all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land
of Judah, unto the utmost sea,
And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm
trees, unto Zoar.
And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham,
unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have
caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according
to the word of the LORD.
And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor:
but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was
not dim, nor his natural force abated.
And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty
days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had
laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him,
and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the
LORD knew face to face,
In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the
land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed
in the sight of all Israel.