Moses recites the song that God taught him
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of
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
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.
(32:1-43) In the last chapter God taught this song to Moses, who then wrote the words of the song, and taught them
to the people. Now he recites (or perhaps sings) the song to all of the people.
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.
(32:8-9) Humans were divided by God into groups; then God chose one group (the Israelites) as his favorite and gave
all of his "inheritance" to them.
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.
(32:11) An eagle ... beareth them on her wings.
Do eagles carry their young on their wings?
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.
(32:13) He made him to suck honey out of the rock.
(Cf. Psalm 81:16)
32:19 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
(32:19-20) And when the LORD saw it,
he abhorred them ... for they are ... children in whom is no faith.
God hates non-believers.
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.
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
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
(32:23) 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
(32:24) They shall be burnt
with hunger, and devoured with burning heat ... I
will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of
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
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:
(32:25) The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin,
the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
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
(32:35) To me
[God] belongeth vengeance,
and recompense ... for the day of their destruction is at hand.
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.
(32:39a) There is no god with me.
How many gods are there?
The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is "a god" who was with Jehovah
during the creation. But how could that be if God was speaking truthfully in this verse
when he said, "there are no gods with me"?
(32:39-43) God brags about killing so many people
that his sword will be drunk with blood and his sword will devour flesh.
I kill ... I wound ... I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh.
God tells Moses to climb Mount Nebo and die
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
(32:48-52) After Moses recites God's song, God tells him to climb Mount Nebo and die. This is to punish Moses
for striking the rock twice to get water out of it, rather than just talking to the rock. Or something like that.
(See Num 20:12
Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the
waters of MeribahKadesh, 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.
- Don't eat the fat or drink the wine of offerings made to other gods.
- And he [God] 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. 32:37-38
- Keep the commandments in your heart.
- Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day. 32:46a
- Command your children to obey all of the commandments.
- Command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 32:46b
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Richard Dawkins:
The God of the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 32:16, 21, 35, 39-42,
- Whom does God hate?
- Drunk with Blood: It's
one of God's favorite expressions (32:23, 42)
- How many has God killed?
(Complete list and estimated total) (32:39
- What do God, his victims,
the animals that eat their dead bodies, and the Great Whore of Babylon all have in common? (32:42)
- What the Bible says about alcohol (32:32-33)
- What if we could edit the Bible? (Opening Karl Giberson's can of worms) (32:39-42)
- The Dragons of God (32:33)
- Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
- Did Jesus crib from Moses?