31:1 And Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.
31:2 And he said to them, I [am] a hundred and twenty years old
this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath
said to me, thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
31:3 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.
31:4 And the LORD shall do to them as he did to Sihon, and to
Og, kings of the Amorites, and to the land of them, whom he
31:5 And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye
may do to them according to all the commandments which I have
31:6 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.
31:7 And Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of
all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go
with this people to the land which the LORD hath sworn to their
fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
31:8 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.
31:9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it to the priests
the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD,
and to all the elders of Israel.
31:10 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,
31:11 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.
31:12 Convene the people, 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:
31:13 And [that] their children who 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.
31:14 And the LORD said to 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.
31:15 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
31:16 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with
thy fathers, and this people will rise up, and commit idolatry
with 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.
31:17 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, Have not these
evils come upon us, because our God [is] not among us?
31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the
evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned to
31:19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it to
the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song
may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
31:20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I
swore to their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and
they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxed fat;
then will they turn to other gods, and serve them, and provoke
me, and break my covenant.
31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles
have 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 form,
even now, before I have brought them into the land which I
31:22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught
it to the children of Israel.
31:23 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 swore to them: and I will be
31:24 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,
31:25 That Moses commanded the Levites who bore the ark of the
covenant of the LORD, saying,
31:26 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.
31:27 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?
31:28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes, and your
officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call
heaven and earth to record against them.
31:29 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.
31:30 And Moses spoke in the ears of all the congregation of
Israel the words of this song until they were ended.