Bible: Deuteronomy 31:14-22

The Commissioning of Joshua

31:14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The day of your death is near. Summon Joshua and present yourselves in the tent 1  of meeting 2  so that I can commission him.” 3  So Moses and Joshua presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 31:15 The Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud that 4  stood above the door of the tent. 31:16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “You are about to die, 5  and then these people will begin to prostitute themselves with the foreign gods of the land into which they 6  are going. They 7  will reject 8  me and break my covenant that I have made with them. 9  31:17 At that time 10  my anger will erupt against them 11  and I will abandon them and hide my face from them until they are devoured. Many disasters and distresses will overcome 12  them 13  so that they 14  will say at that time, ‘Have not these disasters 15  overcome us 16  because our 17  God is not among us 18 ?’ 31:18 But I will certainly 19  hide myself at that time because of all the wickedness they 20  will have done by turning to other gods. 31:19 Now write down for yourselves the following song and teach it to the Israelites. Put it into their very mouths so that this song may serve as my witness against the Israelites! 31:20 For after I have brought them 21  to the land I promised to their 22  ancestors – one flowing with milk and honey – and they 23  eat their fill 24  and become fat, then they 25  will turn to other gods and worship them; they will reject me and break my covenant. 31:21 Then when 26  many disasters and distresses overcome them 27  this song will testify against them, 28  for their 29  descendants will not forget it. 30  I know the 31  intentions they have in mind 32  today, even before I bring them 33  to the land I have promised.” 31:22 So on that day Moses wrote down this song and taught it to the Israelites,

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