'Give ear, O heavens, and I speak; And thou dost hear, O
earth, sayings of my mouth!
Drop as rain doth My doctrine; Flow as dew doth My sayings;
As storms on the tender grass, And as showers on the herb,
For the Name of Jehovah I proclaim, Ascribe ye greatness to
The Rock! -- perfect is His work, For all His ways are
just; God of stedfastness, and without iniquity: Righteous and upright is
It hath done corruptly to Him; Their blemish is not His
sons', A generation perverse and crooked!
To Jehovah do ye act thus, O people foolish and not wise? Is
not He thy father -- thy possessor? He made thee, and doth establish thee.
Remember days of old -- Understand the years of many
generations -- Ask thy father, and he doth tell thee; Thine elders, and they
say to thee:
In the Most High causing nations to inherit, In His
separating sons of Adam -- He setteth up the borders of the peoples By the
number of the sons of Israel.
For Jehovah's portion is His people, Jacob is
the line of His inheritance.
He findeth him in a land -- a desert, And in a void -- a
howling wilderness, He turneth him round -- He causeth him to understand -- He
keepeth him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle waketh up its nest, Over its young ones
fluttereth, Spreadeth its wings -- taketh them, Beareth them on its pinions; --
Jehovah alone doth lead him, And there is no strange god
He maketh him ride on high places of earth, And he eateth
increase of the fields, And He maketh him suck honey from a rock, And oil out
of the flint of a rock;
Butter of the herd, and milk of the flock, With fat of
lambs, and rams, sons of Bashan, And he-goats, with fat of kidneys of wheat;
And of the blood of the grape thou dost drink wine!
And Jeshurun waxeth fat, and doth kick: Thou hast been fat
-- thou hast been thick, Thou hast been covered. And he leaveth God who made
him, And dishonoureth the Rock of his salvation.
They make Him zealous with strangers, With abominations they
make Him angry.
They sacrifice to demons -- no god! Gods they have not known
-- New ones -- from the vicinity they came; Not feared them have your fathers!
The Rock that begat thee thou forgettest, And neglectest God
who formeth thee.
And Jehovah seeth and despiseth -- For the provocation of
His sons and His daughters.
And He saith: I hide My face from them, I see what is
their latter end; For a froward generation are they, Sons in whom is no
They have made Me zealous by 'no-god,' They made Me angry by
their vanities; And I make them zealous by 'no-people,' By a foolish nation I
make them angry.
For a fire hath been kindled in Mine anger, And it burneth
unto Sheol -- the lowest, And consumeth earth and its increase, And setteth on
fire foundations of mountains.
I gather upon them evils, Mine arrows I consume upon them.
Exhausted by famine, And consumed by heat, and bitter
destruction. And the teeth of beasts I send upon them, With poison of fearful
things of the dust.
Without bereave doth the sword, And at the inner-chambers --
fear, Both youth and virgin, Suckling with man of grey hair.
I have said: I blow them away, I cause their remembrance to
cease from man;
If not -- the anger of an enemy I fear, Lest their
adversaries know -- Lest they say, Our hand is high, And Jehovah hath not
wrought all this.
For a nation lost to counsels are they, And there is
no understanding in them.
If they were wise -- They deal wisely with this; They
attend to their latter end:
How doth one pursue a thousand, And two cause a myriad to
flee! If not -- that their rock hath sold them, And Jehovah hath shut them up?
For not as our Rock is their rock, (And our enemies are
For of the vine of Sodom their vine is, And of the
fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of gall -- They have bitter
The poison of dragons is their wine And the fierce
venom of asps.
Is it not laid up with Me? Sealed among My treasures?
Mine are vengeance and recompense, At the due time --
doth their foot slide; For near is a day of their calamity, And haste do things
prepared for them.
For Jehovah doth judge His people, And for His servants doth
repent Himself. For He seeth -- the going away of power, And none is restrained
And He hath said, Where are their gods -- The rock in
which they trusted;
Which the fat of their sacrifices do eat, They drink the
wine of their libation! Let them arise and help you, Let it be for you a
See ye, now, that I -- I am He, And there is no god
with Me: I put to death, and I keep alive; I have smitten, and I heal; And
there is not from My hand a deliverer,
For I lift up unto the heavens My hand, And have said, I
live -- to the age!
If I have sharpened the brightness of My sword, And My hand
doth lay hold on judgment, I turn back vengeance to Mine adversaries, And to
those hating Me -- I repay!
I make drunk Mine arrows with blood, And My sword devoureth
flesh, From the blood of the pierced and captive, From the head of the freemen
of the enemy.
Sing ye nations -- with his people, For the blood of
His servants He avengeth, And vengeance He turneth back on His adversaries, And
hath pardoned His land -- His people.'
And Moses cometh and speaketh all the words of this song in
the ears of the people, he and Hoshea son of Nun;
and Moses finisheth to speak all these words unto all
and saith unto them, 'Set your heart to all the words which
I am testifying against you to-day, that ye command your sons to observe to do
all the words of this law,
for it is not a vain thing for you, for it is
your life, and by this thing ye prolong days on the ground whither ye are
passing over the Jordan to possess it.'
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, in this self-same day,
'Go up unto this mount Abarim, mount Nebo, which is
in the land of Moab, which is on the front of Jericho, and see the land
of Canaan which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession;
and die in the mount whither thou art going up, and be
gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother hath died in the mount Hor, and
is gathered unto his people:
'Because ye trespassed against me in the midst of the sons
of Israel at the waters of Meribath-Kadesh, the wilderness of Zin -- because ye
sanctified Me not in the midst of the sons of Israel;
but over-against thou seest the land, and thither thou dost
not go in, unto the land which I am giving to the sons of Israel.'