Bible: Deut 32:19-27

A Word of Judgment

32:19 But the Lord took note and despised them

because his sons and daughters enraged him.

32:20 He said, “I will reject them, 1 

I will see what will happen to them;

for they are a perverse generation,

children 2  who show no loyalty.

32:21 They have made me jealous 3  with false gods, 4 

enraging me with their worthless gods; 5 

so I will make them jealous with a people they do not recognize, 6 

with a nation slow to learn 7  I will enrage them.

32:22 For a fire has been kindled by my anger,

and it burns to lowest Sheol; 8 

it consumes the earth and its produce,

and ignites the foundations of the mountains.

32:23 I will increase their 9  disasters,

I will use up my arrows on them.

32:24 They will be starved by famine,

eaten by plague, and bitterly stung; 10 

I will send the teeth of wild animals against them,

along with the poison of creatures that crawl in the dust.

32:25 The sword will make people childless outside,

and terror will do so inside;

they will destroy 11  both the young man and the virgin,

the infant and the gray-haired man.

The Weakness of Other Gods

32:26I said, ‘I want to cut them in pieces. 12 

I want to make people forget they ever existed.

32:27 But I fear the reaction 13  of their enemies,

for 14  their adversaries would misunderstand

and say, “Our power is great, 15 

and the Lord has not done all this!”’

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